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Greenville rabbi says persecution of Jews in Ukraine reminiscent of Holocaust

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Rabbi Mark Wilson in Greenville. (April 17, 2014/FOX Carolina) Rabbi Mark Wilson in Greenville. (April 17, 2014/FOX Carolina)

Rabbi Mark Wilson said the treatment of Jews in Ukraine by Russian separatists reminds him of the treatment that led up to the Holocaust.

In particular Wilson says the recent distribution of pamphlets ordering Jews to register themselves and their property or face serious consequences should be a call to action.

"Clearly you can't think about this without thinking back to the Holocaust," Wilson said.

The pamphlets were reportedly distributed in the city of Donetsk by a pro-Russian group claiming to control the city.

"If you can take any delight in this it is that there is international uproar," Wilson said.

On Thursday,  Secretary of State John Kerry called the pamphlets "intolerable" and "grotesque." Wilson said Kerry's condemnation is not enough.

"In my dream it would be President Obama pounding his fist and saying, 'this is not going to happen,'" said Wilson.

Wilson said anti-Semitic activity has been on the rise in eastern Ukraine since the conflict with Russia over the Crimea began early this year. He said the area was already prone to discrimination toward Jews. Wilson said Jewish charities in the upstate have been collecting money to provide security in Ukraine.

"We are on the ground already making sure that Jews, especially children, are protected," Wilson said.

Wilson said he believes it is no coincidence that these pamphlets were handed out as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday.

"I love our brothers and sisters in the Ukraine, and we are not going to abandon them," Wilson said.

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