Malta Independent

US ambassador’s Passover wishes in Polish met with anger


The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction has been a wave of angry comments on Twitter. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher also wished Poles a happy Easter on Sunday. But by then, she was accused of offending the country with her Passover tweet and reminded that she is serving in a mostly Roman Catholic country. Krystyna Pawlowicz, a lawmaker with Poland’s ruling right-wing party, called it a “provocatio­n.” Robert Bakiewicz, a farright activist who organizes a yearly Independen­ce Day march that government leaders joined last year, said “Christ died and was resurrecte­d also for you, pagans and traitorous Jews.” Some came to Mosbacher’s defense, recalling that Poland also has a small Jewish population. Poland was home to Europe’s largest Jewish population before the Holocaust.

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