WASHINGTON -- The White House says reports of an anti-Semitic flyer distributed in eastern Ukraine are “utterly sickening” and that U.S. President Barack Obama was disgusted by the leaflet, whose origins remain murky.
“The president expressed his disgust quite bluntly,” U.S. national-security adviser Susan Rice told reporters at the White House on April 18. “I think we all found word of those pamphlets to be utterly sickening, and they have no place in the 21st century.”
They flyers, which were reportedly distributed by masked men outside a synagogue in Donetsk on April 15, demanded that Jews register under threat of deportation due to their “support” of the government in Kyiv.
They were supposedly signed by a pro-Moscow separatist leader in Donetsk who has denied involvement in the incident.