Israel Rebukes Polish Envoy Over Country’s Bill Outlawing Holocaust Complicity

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The Times of Israel reports: Poland’s deputy ambassador to Israel was dressed down at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Sunday after Polish lawmakers over the weekend advanced a bill that would outlaw blaming the country for the crimes of the Holocaust committed on its soil.

Piotr Kozlowski met with the ministry’s deputy director general for Western Europe, Dr. Rodica Radian-Gordon, and its director for world Jewish affairs, Akiva Tor. A statement released by the Foreign Ministry after the meeting said the officials “expressed Israel’s opposition to the wording of the law,” and said passing the bill on International Holocaust Memorial Day was particularly “surprising and unfortunate.”

“This legislation will not help in exposing historical truths, may harm academic freedom and prevent discussion about the legacy of World War II,” the statement said, calling on the Polish government to amend the wording of the bill and “conduct a meaningful dialogue with Israel.”

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