You may have seen news earlier today that a flyer circulated in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk stated that Jews in the area would have to register with the local authorities.
It prompted an immediate response across the globe. John Kerry, who was just finishing up talks of de-escalation with leaders from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva, Switzerland, called the leaflets, “intolerable”, “grotesque”, and “beyond unacceptable”.
Lesley Weiss is the deputy director of the National Conference Supporting Jews (NCSJ), an organization which focuses on promoting the right of Jewish people in eastern Europe.
The organization spoke directly with jewish leadership in the area, who informed them that the flyers were fake: no one had to register and no one would be deported.
Officials from the United States believe that the flyers were the work of the Donetsk People’s Republic, an unrecognized pro-Russian Separatist group that seeks to make Donetsk a part of Russia. Their leadership denies responsibility, however.