Is­raeli crit­i­cism sparks anti-Jewish re­marks in Pol­ish me­dia

Journal Pioneer - - WORLD -

WARSAW, Poland — A diplo­matic dis­pute be­tween Poland and Is­rael over pend­ing leg­is­la­tion that would out­law blam­ing Poland for the crimes of the Holo­caust has led to an out­burst of anti-Semitic com­ments in Poland, in­clud­ing some in the gov­ern­ment­con­trolled me­dia. Poland’s lower house of par­lia­ment gave its ap­proval Friday to the bill, which calls for penal­ties of up to three years in pri­son for any­one who ``pub­licly and against the facts’’ ac­cuses the Pol­ish peo­ple of crimes com­mit­ted by Nazi Ger­many dur­ing World War II. Poland’s rul­ing Law and Jus­tice party says the law is meant to fight ex­pres­sions like ``Pol­ish death camps,’’ to re­fer to the wartime camps that Nazi Ger­many op­er­ated in oc­cu­pied Poland. Poles were among those im­pris­oned, tor­tured and killed in the camps, and many to­day feel Poles are be­ing un­fairly de­picted as per­pe­tra­tors of the Holo­caust. As part of the same ef­fort, the gov­ern­ment launched a web­site on Tues­day in Pol­ish, Ger­man and English with doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence that death camps like Auschwitz were built and op­er­ated by Nazi Ger­many, a his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate ac­count.

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