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June 16, 2005
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Calls for strikes against “Zionists” are spreading in an eastern Ukrainian city. Last week, leaflets blaming the “Zionist regime” for all of Ukraine’s problems were distributed in central parts of Donetsk, the center of the coal mining area that overwhelmingly supported former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in last year’s hotly contested presidential election in Ukraine. Yanukovich won the election in an allegedly rigged vote, which led to a wave of protests and a new election, in which he lost to Viktor Yuschenko. The leaflets called for strikes against the “Zionist regime” and “American influence” in Ukraine. Leaders of the Donetsk Jewish community demanded that law-enforcement agencies stop anti-Semitic incitement in the city.

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