April 18, 2014, - 12:52 pm
By now, you’ve probably heard yesterday’s news reports about Ukraine Jews receiving flyers ordering them to register themselves and their property, something the Nazis did before rounding up Jews and sending them to the ovens. The flyers were reportedly in the name of the Russians who’ve taken over part of Ukraine. I was skeptical because, as I’ve noted on this site, Ukrainians have a history of brutal anti-Semitism and Nazism, and the leaders of Right Sector, the dominant force in the Ukraine “democracy” protests are open about their Jew-hatred. They also fought with and for Muslim Chechens, the Tsarnaev Bros’ people.
Not that Russia doesn’t have a storied history of anti-Semitism. It’s well known that anti-Semitism was par for the course in Russian history and that Jew-hatred was stepped up under the Soviet Union, which greatly persecuted Jews for practicing their faith and/or trying to emigrate to Israel, imprisoning them for these “crimes.” Vladimir Putin is a vestige of that era.
Still, when I heard about these flyers, they seemed to me to be fakes, created by Ukrainian movements and designed to gain sympathy for them and enmity toward the Russians. Now it seems that is exactly the case, as the Russian groups and officials attributed on the flyers deny having had anything to do with them. Are they lying or are they the victims of Ukrainian produced propaganda?
It’s hard to tell. Because, as I’ve noted before, picking a side in Russia versus Ukraine is like picking a side in Alien v. Predator. Neither side is worthy or can be trusted, but I don’t think the Russians are that stupid. I do believe the Ukrainians are that clever and devious.
The bottom line, though, is that Jews have always been pawns and victims at the brutal hands of both Ukrainians and Russians. And they will continue to be, as evidenced here.
It’s a stale adage but evergreen true: the more things change, the more they stay the same, especially for anti-Semitism, which remains steadfast throughout history. It’s ironic that I write this during Passover because during the first two nights of the holiday we read this in the Haggadah, the book that determines the order of the ceremonial Seder. “In every generation,” we say, Jews are the victims of oppression and persecution.
In every generation, indeed.
That Was Then . . .
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