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Ukrainian Jews Request Additional Security After Anti-Semitic Flyers Handed Out

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The flyer reportedly distributed on Passover to Jews in eastern Ukraine, calling on Jews to register with authorities or be deported. Photo: Twitter.

Bloomberg – The Jewish community of the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk asked for additional police protection after anti-Semitic pamphlets were distributed in the region, where the government has been battling separatists.

“Someone tried to use the Jewish community as an instrument of this conflict,” Chief Rabbi Pinchas Vyshedski told reporters in Donetsk today, adding that he asked for added security at Jewish cultural centers. “They haven’t done it yet because are too busy” dealing with other developments in the city, Vyshedski said. In a statement yesterday he said the incident “smells like provocation.”

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