I won’t stop this, and you won’t stop this.
It’ll probably go further than either of us wants it.
It all comes down to the fact that I don’t care to
sacrifice a good time ‘cause someone says I have to.
Next thing I know, I am removing all my clothes,
and you are dancing around the room to some song on the radio.
You say I deserve it, what’s coming, the good and the bad.
I don’t regret it, how could it? You were the best I ever had.
By Julia Ioffe, The New Republic
Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill: apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new “authorities,” or face loss of citizenship or expulsion. This was laid out in officious-looking fliers pasted on the local synagogue. One local snapped a photo of the fliers and sent it to a friend in Israel, who then took it to the Israeli press and, voila, an international scandal: American Twitter is abuzz with it, Drudge is hawking it, and, today in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the fliers as “grotesque.”
The Donetsk Jewish community dismissed this as “a provocation,” which it clearly is. “It’s an obvious provocation designed to get this exact response, going all the way up to Kerry,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. ”I have no doubt that there is a sizeable community of anti-Semites on both sides of the barricades, but for one of them to do something this stupid—this is done to compromise the pro-Russian groups in the east.”