Introduction — April 18, 2014
Was Secretary os State Kerry’s condemnation of leaflets deemed “anti-Semitic” simply a ploy to earn support from Washington’s powerful Zionist lobby? Or was he simply trying to divert attention from U.S. involvement in the ongoing Ukrainian unrest?
Either way it’s hard to think of a more blatant example of cynical double-standards. Because while Kerry was denouncing the distribution of leaflets calling on Jewish residents to register with pro-Russian authorities he conveniently overlooked U.S. backing for neo-Nazi groups in the west of the country.
Although a spokesman for a pro-Russian group in Donbass has condemned the leaflets as “forgeries” intended to tarnish the group’s image, Secretary of State Kerry’s condemnation was at odds with U.S. ties with the Svoboda movement in Kiev.
For those who are unfamiliar with the movement its symbol (right) has been likened to a distorted swastika. While the movement itself has its roots in Ukrainian collaboration with the Nazis during WWII.
These are the very people the U.S. used to help oust former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.
Such double-standards have become the hallmark of U.S. foreign policy. In much the same way that the U.S. is always ready to condemn acts of terror against Israel but remains conspicuously silent about Zionist inspired terror.
Or the way Washington condemns Syria’s alleged support for terror while it covertly supports anti-Assad groups in the country that routinely resort to terror.
Kerry condemns anti-Semitic leaflet in eastern Ukraine
Reuters — April 17, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as “grotesque” on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.
Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to discredit them, Kerry said: “Notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews … or suffer the consequences.
“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. It is beyond unacceptable,” he said in Geneva, where he met Russian, Ukrainian and EU counterparts to draw up a four-way agreement to work to defuse the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
Kerry said Russian Orthodox Church members in Ukraine had also received threats “that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was somehow going to attack them in the course of the next days.”
“That kind of behavior, that kind of threat, has no place,” he said.
Kerry said all parties at the Geneva meeting had condemned such threats and intimidation.
The origin of the leaflets in Donetsk was unclear.
On Wednesday, local news site Novosti Donbassa quoted unidentified members of Donetsk’s Jewish community as saying three masked men handed them out near the city’s synagogue on Monday, when Jews were celebrating the start of Passover.
Purporting to be issued by the Donetsk People’s Republic, a pro-Russian group which last week took over public buildings and wants to end rule by the new Ukrainian government in Kiev, the leaflet said all Jews aged over 16 must register with a “commissar” at the regional government headquarters by May 3.
Failure to comply would lead to deportation and the “confiscation of property”.
Its preamble explained that action was being taken because Jewish leaders had supported the “junta” which took power in Kiev after the overthrow of the Moscow-backed president.
Kirill Rudenko, a spokesman for the People’s Republic of Donbass, said the statement was “complete rubbish”: “We made no such demands on Jews,” he said. “We have nothing against Jews.
“This is just another attempt to tarnish our image … It is a crude forgery.”
Once home to a large Jewish population that was devastated by the Holocaust, Ukraine has seen a rise in attacks on Jews and on synagogues since unrest began five months ago.
Some Ukrainian nationalist groups which took part in the uprising in Kiev have been blamed for fanning anti-Semitic sentiment. Anti-Semitism is also apparent among some Russian nationalists.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in Washington that the United States was still trying to determine who was behind the leaflets and added: “We take any anti-Semitism very seriously.”