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Propaganda Ops in Ukraine—Is the CIA Run by Neo-Nazis?: Anti-Semitic Flyer Meant To Smear Pro-Russia Protester Was a Fake — Meanwhile, the REAL Nazis in Ukraine's New Government Ignored

Anti-Semitic Pamphlets: Demanded Jews pay $50 tax and prove they owned their  homes and cars.
Anti-Semitic Pamphlets: Demanded Jews pay $50 tax, prove they owned their
homes and cars, and register with the government.. (Screen capture from YouTube
The city's chief rabbi states anti-Semitic pamphlet distributed in Donetsk is fake, claiming it is meant to discredit pro-Russian protesters or Jewish community.

The barricades that mark the entrance to the "Donetsk People's Republic" are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protestors who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was more than a little ironic when an antisemitic flyer appeared on Wednesday ordering Jews to register with these new authorities.

US secretary of state John Kerry soon waded into the media storm over the piece of paper, describing it as "grotesque" and "beyond unacceptable". But on Friday the chairman of the Donetsk People's Republic and the city's chief rabbi both stated that the flyer was a fake meant to discredit the so-called republic or the Jewish community.

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.

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