It is time. Time for the fair minded, civil, sane people of the world to rise UP and take a stand against bigotry.
Jews in the Eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk are being “asked” to register with separatist militants of Russian origin.
Is the Holocaust so far back in history that we have forgotten it?
We talk of the atrocities of World War II Germany and we forget that the Russia of Stalin slaughtered over 50,000,000 Jews – over seven times the number Hitler’s thugs killed.
Now thugs of the same ilk are pulling the strings and running things in Ukraine.
There is a past.
There is a history.
There is a pattern.
A leaflet handed to Jews leaving the city’s synagogue this week reads like this: “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality. Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta, and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”
The flyer goes on to say that people of Jewish descent should report, register, list their real estate holdings, provide identification, religious papers, and pay a fee of $50 (roughly) to do so.
Whether the three masked men who distributed the leaflets are from the interim government or simply a fringe group of nut-jobs, this MUST be stopped.
And stopped now.
Even if this is a very bad joke, a stunt, a hoax, or a ruse to get bloggers like myself all riled UP, it has to end.
We have no choice. Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, orator, author, and philosopher warned us in the 18th Century when he said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
We must do something.