OLD GHOSTS HAVE COME BACK
TO HAUNT THE JEWS OF UKRAINE
You can take the boy out of the KGB, but you can’t take the KGB out of the boy.
Here’s something that has the smell of an old Soviet false flag operation in classic KGB style. Jews emerging from a synagogue after Passover services in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were handed leaflets instructing them that they would have to register at the city office, currently occupied by pro-Russia militants. As reported by Israel’s Y-Net news service…
“The leaflet demanded the city’s Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated.”
And pay a $50 fee for the privilege of filing…
“Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people — 10 percent of Ukraine’s population — and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country’s heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions….”
The leaflets were written in Russian, bore Russian symbols, and were signed by militant leader Denis Pushilin, who acknowledged that some members of his group distributed them. But he “denied any connection to the leaflet’s content.” Now to me, this has the fingerprints of former KGB man Vladimir Putin all over it. Here’s my take on the gambit…
1. Do something outrageous under sufficiently murky circumstances.
2. Stir up the world’s ire.
3. Claim it was really your opposition that did it and is trying to pin the blame on you.
Sound like a plausible scenario? An Associated Press story also carried by Y-Net reports that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned the leaflet ploy — as if that matters to anybody…
“In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it’s grotesque,” Kerry told reporters. “It is beyond unacceptable. And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities, from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of, there is no place for that.”
Was Kerry referring to all the miles he’s traveled in his tireless effort to bring tranquility to a long-troubled land? If so, how dare some impudent, borscht-loving, balalaika-playing scoundrels insult him so shamefully? Didn’t he just reach an understanding with Puty? Well, I guess the Russians will now have to move into eastern Ukraine to save the Jews. Of course, there’s another angle, too. Ya gotta figure somebody’s hoping that, if they can pin this on the Ukrainian nationalists, it’ll play into the line we’ve been hearing about how they’re really just a bunch of closet Nazis. In any case, this all fits with a long tradition of European anti-Semitism…
Whenever there’s trouble, you can bet Jews are involved somehow.
…a tradition that’s enjoying quite a revival these days. Part of the anti-Semitic “Springtime for Hitler” currently sweeping the continent can be attributed to the increasing assertiveness of Europe’s Muslim population (though not all). The German news service, Deutsche Welle, recently reported on an upsurge in emigration from France to Israel…
“Growing numbers of French Jews are not just thinking about starting a new life in Israel: Record numbers of them are taking action. Last year 3,120 French Jews moved to Israel, according to the Israeli Immigration Ministry, a jump of 63 percent on the previous year. They even outnumbered US immigrants to Israel.”
“Though they make up only 1 percent of the French population, Jews are the object of 40 percent of hate crimes. Figures released recently by the Jewish Community Protection Service (SPCJ), which logs anti-Jewish acts of aggression, show that Jews are far more likely than anyone else in France to be the objects of verbal abuse or harassment. The SPCJ logged 423 anti-Semitic acts, 318 ‘threats,’ 49 acts of violence, 52 acts of vandalism, 3 arson attacks and one attempted homicide last year.
“That is at least an improvement on 2012, which saw a 58-percent rise in anti-Jewish acts. That year three Jewish schoolchildren were shot dead by the Islamist terrorist Mohamed Merah in Toulouse. The incident is still fresh in many minds.”
Having just participated in Good Friday services, I’m pleased with the progress the Church has made in its relations with Israel and Judaism. Catholics no longer pray for “the faithless Jews,” as was done in the traditional, pre-Vatican II liturgy, beseeching Almighty God to “remove the veil from their hearts” so that “they may be delivered from their darkness.” Instead, the priest is instructed to say…
“Let us pray also for the Jewish people, to whom the Lord our God spoke first, that he may grant them to advance in love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.” (Then, addressing God:) “Almighty ever-living God, who bestowed your promises on Abraham and his descendants, hear graciously the prayers of your Church, that the people you first made your own may attain the fullness of redemption.”
That strikes me as pretty generous interfaith prayer, and one that’s very much in the spirit of Pope John Paul II, who used to refer fondly to Jews as “our elder brothers in faith.” I don’t know if the Russian or Ukrainian Orthodox pray for the Jews in their Good Friday services. But I’m praying for the Jews of Ukraine — and for all the good people of my ancestral homeland. I’m even willing to pray for a certain old KGB colonel.
Here’s are links to those reports on the Donetsk situation from Y-Net… http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4510688,00.htm …and… http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4511057,00.html
If you’re interested, Wikipedia has a pretty good overview on changes in the Catholic Good Friday prayers for Jews… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_prayer_for_the_Jews
Britain’s Guardian newspaper is calling the anti-Semitic leaflet a “hoax” — which doesn’t sound all that far from my theory…
“The hoax has nonetheless contributed to the tense, divisive atmosphere in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian protests have ended in violence in recent weeks. A vicious information war has raged around the military operation Kiev is staging to try to take back buildings from pro-Russian demonstrators and militia, with Ukrainian media vilifying the protestors as ‘terrorists’ and Russian media regularly calling the Kiev government a ‘fascist junta’.
“‘I think it’s someone trying to use the Jewish community in Donetsk as an instrument in this conflict. That’s why we’re upset,’ the chief rabbi, Pinchas Vishedski, told journalists on Friday.’”
Can anybody sing the theme from “The Hunt for Red October”?
The plot thickens.
Nikolayev Synagogue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, where the leaflets were distributed, was the site of a firebombing on the eve of Easter.
Jim Hoft, proprietor of the Gateway Pundit blog has posted video taken from a security camera and uploaded to YouTube by Yisroel Gotlieb, son of the city’s chief rabbi, Sholom Gotlieb…