Dutch World War II anti-nazi returns Israeli medals because of Gaza war


This video from the USA says about itself:

Maurice and Netty Vanderpol, WWII Holocaust Survivors

21 May 2012

Dr. Maurice Vanderpol (b.1922) was born and raised in Amsterdam. In medical school when the Germans invaded and occupied Holland in 1940 and persecution and deportation of Dutch Jews began, Ries and his family spent two years in hiding until liberation on May 5th, 1945. After the War, he came to America, finished medical school and married Netty Swartz Vanderpol. He had a private practice as a psychiatrist and was a staff member at McLean Hospital for 35 years.

Netty Vanderpol (b. 1926) was born and raised in Amsterdam. During the German occupation of Holland she was forced to attend a school for Jewish children. One of her classmates was Anne Frank. In 1943 her father was imprisoned by the Nazis for assisted [sic; assisting] Allied pilots. Her father and family spent over a year in Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. In February, 1945 her family was with a group of inmates from the camp that was the only exchange of Jews for German POWs. As a needlepoint artist Netty has exhibited widely. Beginning in 1984, for some years she dedicated the focus of her needlework pieces to the Holocaust and its affect on her life. She then branched out to other designs and themes. Ries and Netty are both very active with Facing History and Ourselves. They established the Walter Suskind Memorial Educational Fund, an outreach arts program at the Citi Center for the Performing Arts, in Boston. They live in Needham and Edgartown.

Listen to Maurice and Netty Vanderpol speak about their experiences in hiding in Amsterdam and in Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Dutch nonagenarian returns Righteous Among the Nations medal after six relatives killed in Gaza

Henk Zanoli, who helped save a Jewish child from deportation to concentration camps, said holding on to the medal would be an ‘insult to the family.’

By Amira Hass

A 91-year-old Dutch man who was declared a Righteous Among the Nations for saving a Jew during the German occupation on Thursday returned his medal and certificate because six of his relatives were killed by an Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip last month.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The victims are relatives of a niece of Zanoli. She married a man who was born in Gaza. His parents still lived there until July 20, when their house was bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. His mother, three brothers, a sister and a nephew of him lost their lives. Also someone who was with the family for a visit did not survive the attack.

Zanoli did not hesitate when he heard about the attack. He wrote a letter and sent to [Israeli] ambassador Daivon the honour ‘Righteous Among the Nations” back by courier. He sent the medal awarded to his mother as well. In the letter Zanoli wrote that it would be treason to his mother and to his family if he’d keep the medals.

“Shocking and tragic”

Zanoli and his mother hid Jewish boy Pinto from the nazis from 1943 to 1945. The father of the family had been deported two years earlier because he was openly against the nazis. He died in 1945 in Mauthausen concentration camp. A brother of Zanoli’s, who was in the resistance, was executed by the nazis.

It is not clear, according to Haaretz, why the house of Zanoli’s family was bombed. The newspaper has asked the Defense department if it was a target or that it was a mistake, but the armed forces would not react.

See also here. And here. And here.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need for Israel. Now He Is Its Critic

THE HAGUE — In 1943, Henk Zanoli took a dangerous train trip, slipping past Nazi guards and checkpoints to smuggle a Jewish boy from Amsterdam to the Dutch village of Eemnes. There, the Zanoli family, already under suspicion for resisting the Nazi occupation, hid the boy in their home for two years. The boy would be the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust.

Seventy-one years later, on July 20, an Israeli airstrike flattened a house in the Gaza Strip, killing six of Mr. Zanoli’s relatives by marriage. His grandniece, a Dutch diplomat, is married to a Palestinian economist, Ismail Ziadah, who lost three brothers, a sister-in-law, a nephew and his father’s first wife in the attack. …

Mr. Zanoli said he could envision a situation in which he would take the medal back.

“The only way out of the quagmire the Jewish people of Israel have gotten themselves into is by granting all living under the control of the State of Israel the same political rights and social and economic rights and opportunities,” he wrote. “Although this will result in a state no longer exclusively Jewish it will be a state with a level of righteousness on the basis of which I could accept the title of ‘Righteous among the Nations’ you awarded to my mother and me.”

In that event, he concluded, “be sure to contact me or my descendants.”

Under a coalition of Israeli left-wing political parties and organizations, thousands gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in the largest anti-war demonstration since the outbreak of violence in Gaza: here.

Anti-war demonstration in Israel today


This video says about itself:

26 July 2014

About 7000 citizens from the Left wing took part in a protest demonstration against the Israeli attack on Gaza, in Rabin Square, central Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. Several hundred Right wing activists protested near by and attacked left wing activists during the protest.

From the peace movement in Israel:

Mass rally: CHANGE DIRECTION – NO TO THE WAY OF WAR

Lift the siege! No more pressure cooker

Change direction – move towards peace!

The next round of fighting can be prevented.

No to the way of wars – we must have a political solution!

Mass rally – Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 8.00 pm, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.

On Saturday, Israel’s Peace Camp will rally at the Rabin Square.

After an agonizing month of war and death, in face of mounting waves of incitement and hatred which increasingly tear up the Israeli society, we stand up to demonstrate for peace and for democracy.

The next round of fighting can be prevented. It is far from inevitable that we continue the descent into an abyss of ever more cruel wars, of extreme hatred and the destruction of our neighbors and of ourselves.

There is another way: an immediate dialogue with the Palestinians – for a fair peace and for the reconstruction and opening of Gaza; a determined joint stand of Jews and Arabs against racism; a struggle for a future of Life.

Only a political solution of two states, Israel and Palestine side by side, will ensure independence, justice, security and hope for all who live in this land.

On Saturday night we will stand together – Jews and Arabs, residents of the South and of the whole country. Together we will call for an end to the cycle of bloodshed. The next war can and must be prevented, Israeli society should be healed.

Mass rally – Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 8.00 pm, Rabin Square,

Organizations sponsoring this rally include: Meretz, Hadash, Peace Now, Combatants for Peace, Gush Shalom, Peace NGOs Forum, Young Labor in Tel Aviv and many others.

Transportation: Be’er Sheba Merakaz Ha’Morim near the University – 18.00 Contact: Immanuel 054-6480024 Jerusalem: Gan Ha’Paamon 18.15, Binyaney Ha’umma 18.30 Contact: Neta 054-4792073 Haifa Migdal Hanevi’im, Hadar (Al Middan Theatre) 17.45 Contact: Eyal 054-7843210

From +972 blog in Israel:

August 9, 2014

Hundreds in Tel Aviv defy police ban to protest Gaza war

In what was slated to be the largest anti-war demonstration in Israel since the outbreak of hostilities in Gaza more than one month ago, Israeli security forces forbade a major demonstration in Tel Aviv tonight.

Roughly 500 non-aligned activists flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in defiance of the ban, which was put in place ostensibly to stop large gatherings during a time when missiles are being fired at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.

The major left-wing parties, including Meretz, were slated to join tonight’s demonstration but pulled out after police banned the public display of anger over the Gaza war.

Protesters chanted slogans such as “Funds to welfare not to war,” “Build more classrooms not more bombs” and “In Gaza and Sderot children want to live.”

Despite heightened tension and a small counter-protest of ring-wing activists, no major clashes were reported between leftist and rightist demonstrators. In addition, no arrests were reported.

Stop bloody Israel-Gaza war, peace movement says


This video says about itself:

Barenboim conducts his “Orchestra for Gaza”

3 May 2011

For the last 12 years Daniel Barenboim has used his musical reputation to push for peace between Israel and its neighbours.

This 68 year-old Argentine-born Jew, yet holder of a Palestinian passport had previously taken his music to the West Bank, but now he has broken fresh ground, crossing from Egypt into Gaza to play with his “Orchestra for Gaza”, 25 handpicked musicians from the top ensembles in Europe.

From the peace movement in Israel:

First 3 Friday actions; after that Saturday night Tel Aviv demo

1)
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: דב קולר

The Galilee Jewish-Arab Peace Vigil goes on!

Friday August 1, 2014 – at 1.00 pm , western entrance to Karmiel

Daily, innocent people get killed by the scores, sometimes by hundreds, in the ongoing terrible war between Israel and Palestine.

In recent days, Jews and Arabs joined together to protest – men and women, urban, rural, and kibbutzniks – residents of the Galilee from Karmiel, Ba’aneh, Pelech, Beit Jan, Misgav, Deir al Asad, and other locations

United, we of civil society call upon the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to:

Implement an immediate ceasefire – and conduct a genuine dialogue in order to achieve a comprehensive political agreement between the two peoples.

We struggle to put an end to the bloodshed, in this terrible time of bombing and shelling, when the innocent are daily killed – women and children, young and old.

For more information: Dov Koller +972-(0)54-3921272

2)
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Vitali Markov

Update on The Peace Bus – Jerusalem to the Gaza Border

The following update, as of Thursday afternoon August 1, supersedes and replaces earlier version sent out yesterday

Friday, August 1, 9am, the Peace Bus will leave the parking lot of Gan Ha’Pa’amon (Liberty Bell Park) in Jerusalem, for the third consecutive week carrying medicines and clothes, as well as flowers, intended for the people of Gaza. Also postcards written by Israelis and addressed to Gazans, trying to bridge the terrible abyss.

The intended schedule includes:

- 10.00am – Visiting wounded Gazans at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem
– 12.00 (Noon) – Meeting with Bereaved Families maintaining a non-stop vigil at the Cinemateque Sqaure, Tel Aviv
– 2.00 pm – Visiting wounded soldiers in a Tel Aviv area hospital, with a message of peace (note: implementation of this part depends of approval by the authorities)
– 4.30 – Arriving at Sderot on the Gaza border, meeting with “The Other Voice“, an organization of Gaza border residents seeking peace and reconciliation with their Palestinian neighbors
– At the end of that meeting, symbolically laying flowers as near to Erez Checkpoint on the Gaza border as the bus could get. Supplies collected for Gaza will be delivered via the West Bank-based “Caritas” charity
Note: Intended stop in Be’er Sheba was cancelled
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Please come on board to make the message of the Peace Bus stronger and to meet people living on the border of the conflict region. Presenting a message of peace in the conflict zone is of vital importance, as is maintaining touch between Israel’s center and periphery – to stay together.

We are ready to come on the 3rd Journey and deliver medicines to the people in Gaza (we start collecting the medicine and the money to buy medicines in order to provided both direct and symbolic support from Israelis to the Gazans during the humanitarian catastrophe). Let’s take a one day break, collect energy and start Sunday with some ideas and actions. First things first – we need to contribute ourselves and find foundations supporting our project …

We just got back from the town of Sderot on the Gaza border, where on our 2nd bus journey we visited families who support peaceful solution of the conflict and were inspired by conversations. We’ve been also on a our condolences visit to a Bedouin camp next to Dimona, where a part of a rocket fired by Hamas (after the rocket was intercepted, but some shrapnel fell down) killed a Bedouin man and wounded his children. It was a good journey and more will follow. I apologize, folks, that the web-radio broadcasting came short this time, some technical stuff we’ll have to learn how to solve.

Our vision is to create the reality where Palestinians and Israelis can live in peace and dignity. We are not offering political solutions nor do all of us have a common political view. We do not have ready recipes. But what we a certain of is that we cannot continue hating, fighting, killing each other. In 66 years of war we could not achieve any permanent solution – we believe that it’s time to try a different path.

On the Peace Bus we promote the principles of tolerance, understanding and non-violence. People of all religions, colors, nations, genders come together in the loving attitude to see what the media is trying to hide away from us – a true face of the so called “enemy”. In the eyes of an Israeli and Palestinian child you will discover innocence and remember yourself once being a child, free from prejudices and hate. In this moment we mourn for all those who perished during this unnecessary and tragic conflict: not just in the current one, but for all the innocents who lost their lives in the war of hatred.

We want to see the perspectives of both sides: suffering of Palestinians and Israelis alike. We are all human beings who happened to be raised as enemies. And this is a real tragedy. We can not live in peace as long as other side is suffering. Therefore, the PEACE IS OUR COMMON GOAL!

Contact:
Vitali Markov +972-(0)58-6566767

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3)
———- Forwarded message ———-
From:

Support Imprisoned Conscientious Objectors – Military Prison 6, Atlit, Friday Aug. 6

Uriel Ferera had refused to join an army of occupation and is going in and out of the military prison system. This week, in the midst of terrible war in Gaza, he is joined behind bars by refuser Udi Segal.

On Friday Aug. 1, the Yesh Gvul refuser support group will hold a protest outside Military prison 6 at Atlit (between Tel Aviv and Haifa) where the two are held. At 12.30 activists will climb the mountain overlooking the prison, from where they will be visible (and with favorable wind conditions, audible) from the prison courtyard.

Transportation:
Jerusalem: Binyaney Ha’uma, 10.00 am
Tel Aviv: Corner of Arlozorov and Namir, 11.00 am
Contact: Yishai Menuchin +972-(0)054-3355373

4)
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: maayan dak

Saturday, 2nd of August. 20:00, Habima Theater Square, Tel Aviv

We call for an immediate cease fire, putting an end to the war and bloodshed, while simultaneously seeking a political solution

Stop the attack on Gaza!

War does not lead to security, it merely claims more and more causalities.

Say yes to a political solution that will make possible a secure life for both people.

*** There will be assigned stewards. Please fallow their instructions as for the location of the protest, the conduct during the protest and the dispersal***

We ask that all participants will avoid any violent conduct.

Coalition of Women for Peace & Da’am
Contact: Maayan Dak +972-(0)508-575729

We invite other organizations to add their name to the call for the protest.

‘No more deaths': Thousands of Israelis protest the Gaza war: here.

Gaza conflict: US says Israeli attack on UN school was ‘totally unacceptable’. White House’s strongest and most explicit condemnation of Israel comes as Palestinian leaders prepare for talks on short ceasefire: here.

White House: Little doubt UN school in Gaza was hit by Israeli artillery: here.

Gaza ‘faces precipice’ as death toll passes 1,400: here.

A public letter by Hilla Dayan and PW Zuidhof, an Israeli-Dutch couple visiting Tel Aviv with their children. The full letter was published on the Jewish Voice for Peace website on July 31. It details the atmosphere of intimidation, hatred and hysteria inside Israel during its military offensive on Gaza.

In an article titled, “Arrest Gideon Levy and Haneen Zoabi,” Matti Golan, a columnist for the Israeli business daily Globes, has called for the establishment of camps modeled after the internment camps the United States established in World War II: here.

Shimon Peres has broken ranks with the prevalent mood in Israel, saying it is time to “find a way to stop” the 22-day war in Gaza. Mr Peres’s comments, made hours before the security cabinet convened to decide whether to further escalate the war or try to move towards a diplomatic exit, were immediately denounced as defeatist by legislators in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party: here.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers condemn destruction of Gaza: here.

Gaza crisis: UN, US announce ceasefire to begin Friday morning: here.

The 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed yesterday morning within hours of coming into force: here.

NSA hands Gaza targeting data to Israel, say latest Snowden docs: here. And here.

And while the U.S. approved a $225 million grant to fix the Iron Dome, the White House has been frustrated as “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has largely dismissed diplomatic efforts.” [AP]

INTERNET giant Google found itself with explaining to do yesterday after allowing a game entitled Bomb Gaza to be uploaded onto its software store. The game — in which players fire airstrikes at Palestinians from Israeli planes — was taken down after hundreds of complaints came through: here.

Britain: The Tory Party started showing its cracks yesterday when Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi stormed out of office over David Cameron’s “morally indefensible” position on Palestine: here. And here.

Pro-peace demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel


This video from Israel says about itself:

Tel Aviv: 5000 protest assault on Gaza

About 5,000 people protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday July 26, 2014 against Israel’s assault on Gaza; about 500 people counter-protested in support of the assault on Gaza.

By Fred Mazelis:

Internationally renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks out in sympathy with the Palestinians

29 July 2014

Amidst the chauvinist hysteria being whipped up in Israel and the lies and propaganda from media outlets that support the Zionist state, one prominent voice has spoken out courageously against the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which has already taken the lives of more than 1,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of women and children.

Daniel Barenboim, the world-famous Israeli conductor and pianist, who has for many years opposed the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, issued a brief but heartfelt statement, “Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict,” which was published in the British Guardian newspaper. …

Barenboim reflects the opinions of many Israelis whose voices are being drowned out in the campaign to mobilize public opinion behind the latest invasion. Thousands have protested, and many more have begun to see the dead end of the militarization of Israeli society and the whipping up of the kind of social backwardness that led to the recent revenge killing of a Palestinian youth.

Peace demonstration in Israel tomorrow


This video from Britain says about itself:

Gaza Crisis: Jews & Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies

23 July 2014

Jews & Arabs around the world have been sharing loving images of coexistence using hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies in an effort to change the discourse online. BBC Trending meets the people behind the campaign.

From the Gush Shalom peace movement in Israel today:

Stop the War Demo Sat. 8pm Tel Aviv Rabin Square

We Are Not Afraid Of A Political Solution

Gush Shalom is among the initiators

Statement of the organizing coalition + transportation details:

On Saturday, the peace camp takes a stand at Rabin Square. The war is taking a heavy toll in lives and injuries on both sides, in destruction and horror, in bombings and rockets. We answer this by taking a stand and making a demand: end the war now!

We must end the war and start talking with the recognized Palestinian leadership of the West Bank and Gaza to end the occupation and the siege and to achieve independence and justice for both peoples – in Israel and Palestine.

Instead of being drawn, again and again, into more wars and more military actions, it is now time to lead the way to dialogue and political settlement. There is a political solution. What price must we pay – the people of the South and the other residents of Israel, and the people of Gaza and the West Bank – until we reach that solution?

Together, Jews and Arabs, we will overcome occupation and war, hatred, incitement and racism – and offer a path to life and hope.

Transportation:

Haifa-17:45 Al-Midan Theater (Migdal Haneviim), contact: Danny (0525655542)

Jerusalem- 18:15 Gan Hapaamon, 18:30 Binyanei Haouma, contact: Sahar: 0545683419

Registration by text messages to contact persons

Yuli Novak, former Israeli air force officer: When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more.

Peace demonstration in Israel again today


This video says about itself:

15 November 2012

Israeli peace activists rally against attacks on Gaza

Around 100 peace activists gathered outside Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s apartment in Tel Aviv Wednesday night, after the start of a military offensive in Gaza.

Activists carried banners and shouted “money for welfare, not war.”

From the peace movement in Israel today:

Today – Thursday, 8:30 pm, we shall rally in Zahal Square, where East Jerusalem joins West Jerusalem, in order to say out loud, Israelis and Palestinians side by side – Ceasefire!

This past week the city of Jerusalem has witnessed a wave of violence we have not experienced in a long time. Violence on both parts of the city is on the rise.

On Thursday we will come together in order to say that violence could only lead to more violence.

We have been in this situation before – during Operations Cast Lead, Pillar of Defense and now – Tzuk Eitan (“Operation Protective Edge”): Bombing which leads to rocket launching which then leads to more bombing – and so on. Revenge could only result in more acts of revenge.

It’s time to break this vicious chain of violence, and act together in order to put our lives back on track and end this conflict.

The rally is organized by the Combatants for Peace movement and supported by Meretz, Hadash and Gush Shalom.

For more information: siur.betlehem@gmail.co _972-(0)542-015159

July 13, 2014. The night it became dangerous to demonstrate in Tel Aviv. The fascists attacked. Police didn’t respond in time and ran away when the sirens wailed. We were lucky to get away with only three injured, one in the hospital and many traumatized. (Translated from Hebrew by Michael Sappir): here.

Anti-Semitism in Ukraine and the US State Department


This video from the eastern Ukraine says about itself:

19 April 2014

Ukraine: In multinational Donetsk, all are equal – Pushilin

Leaders of the Donetsk interim government gave a press conference in the Regional administration building in Donetsk, Saturday.

Denis Pushilin, the Deputy ‘People’s’ Governor of Donetsk and member of the interim government, recently said that it’s up to residents to decide where and how they want a referendum to take place.

Pushilin also responded to questions relating to a forged leaflet which showed up on social media networks, calling for Jewish people in Donetsk above the age of 16 to register their names and pay $50 (€60) in cash. Pushilin said that the republic of Donetsk is multinational and that all people are equal.

By Alex Lantier:

US imperialism and the anti-Semitic leaflet in Donetsk

19 April 2014

US outrage at a vile anti-Semitic leaflet circulating in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that all Jews register with local pro-Russian authorities, is a hypocritical fraud. US officials have seized on the leaflet, whose authorship is totally unclear and which stinks of a provocation to smear protesters hostile to the US-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev, to denounce protesters and posture as opponents of anti-Semitism.

At talks between US, European, Ukrainian and Russian officials in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “In the year 2014, after all the miles traveled in the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque … beyond unacceptable.”

What hypocrisy! In the February putsch that toppled Ukraine’s government, Washington and its European allies worked directly with fascists, including the Right Sector militia and the Svoboda party. These forces—which hail the World War II-era Ukrainian fascists led by Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with the Nazis as they carried out the mass murder of Jews in Ukraine—now occupy top positions in the unelected, pro-Western puppet regime in Kiev.

Kerry was cynically seizing upon the leaflet to improve the US position in talks with Russia, by distracting from popular anger with the Kiev puppet regime’s ties to fascism and providing ammunition for hysterical attacks on Moscow.

US officials ignored the multiple signs that the document is a crude forgery. The leaflet—bearing the name of the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic, which is occupying local government buildings in Donetsk, and signed by its leader, Denis Pushilin—was reported on Wednesday in Israeli media.

It begins, “Dear Ukrainian citizens of Jewish nationality, due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community support the Bandera junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, [we have] decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

It demands that Jewish citizens provide extensive documentation as to their property holdings and religion and pay a $50 fee to officials in Room 514 of the local government building occupied by the pro-Russian protesters. Otherwise, the leaflet said, they would face deportation.

The initial Israeli media reports made clear the highly dubious character of the leaflet. They cited Pushilin’s denials that his group had issued it, as well as broader doubts as to its authenticity. Alex Tenzer, a director of the National Association of Immigrants from the Former USSR in Israel, said: “It’s hard to tell whether the leaflet is valid or simply a provocation.”

Olga Reznikova, who sent YNet a copy of the document from Donetsk, said: “I do not intend to register. I am 32, I have lived in Donetsk my entire life, and have never had to deal with anti-Semitism until I laid eyes on this piece of paper. Though I take it very seriously, I am uncertain of its authenticity.”

Reporters for the New York Times who visited Room 514 of the Donetsk local government building on Thursday found it empty. They spoke to protesters who said the leaflet was a trick of the Kiev regime to discredit them. “We are laughing; this is propaganda,” one said.

As Western officials and media prepared for the Geneva talks, however, they baldly attributed the leaflet to pro-Russian groups. Ignoring continuing reports from Donetsk challenging the authenticity of the leaflet, they speculated that it could harm the pro-Russian forces and “change the narrative” about Ukraine—that is, undermine the credibility of anti-Kiev protesters.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph wrote: “A shocking story coming out of Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country are accused of asking Jewish citizens to register their identity or face deportation … It could change the narrative of the conflict yet again: the Russian separatism becomes a call not for self-determination, but outright bigotry informed by a desire for racial purity and Orthodox chauvinism.”

Kerry’s denunciations of the Donetsk protesters over the leaflet were echoed by other US diplomats. “Everything we’re hearing suggests this is the real deal, and that it is coming from someone on the ground there among these radical groups,” US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt told CNN, “either to stir fear or to create provocation justifying further violence.”

Reporting from Donetsk, however, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh called the leaflet “by all accounts an isolated incident.” Referring to protesters and the Jewish community in Donetsk, he added, “All sides are really trying to calm this down. Bizarrely, really, it’s the US State Department focusing specifically on this allegation.”

This comment from CNN, which can hardly be accused of having a critical attitude towards US foreign policy, gives a far better idea than Kerry’s hypocritical statements about the political origins of the anti-Semitic leaflet. The US State Department, Kiev, and their collaborators in Europe know more about it, one may safely assume, than Moscow or the protesters in Donetsk.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Poland and the United States would announce next week the deployment of US ground troops to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO military forces in Central and Eastern Europe, in response to the crisis in Ukraine: here.

Leading German journalists, who have been agitating for weeks for a war against Russia, intensified their propaganda after Tuesday’s announcement that NATO was stepping up its intervention in Eastern Europe. Even after the experiences of the First and Second World Wars, some clearly can’t wait for a re-run of the Eastern Front: here.

Canada is deploying six F-16 fighter jets to Eastern Europe in support of the war threats against Russia made by the US, Germany and NATO, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday: here.

Russia: Fatal gun battle near Ukrainian city of Slovyansk shows Kiev is failing to rein in extremists: here.

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