JEWISH families were making plans to flee Ukraine yesterday over fears of an anti-Semitic backlash.
Israeli officials revealed that many had been seeking advice about how they could be repatriated to the Middle East.
The exodus was sparked by pro-Russian insurgents, now in control in many cities in eastern Ukraine, who have been intimidating Jews.
Militants handed out leaflets in Donetsk to Jews leaving a synagogue, ordering them to register with a breakaway government or face having their citizenship revoked. Pro-Russian leaders have dismissed the leaflet as a hoax, but Jews are convinced they are being targeted.
Alexander Ivanchenko, who runs Sohnut, an organisation helping people move to Israel, said many Jews had been contacting him.
He added: “It is hard to talk about numbers now, but there are more people who come for advice asking how to apply for repatriation.”