November 16, 2018, 1:44

Polish President Says He Will Sign Holocaust Bill That Prompted Israeli Backlash

Polish President Says He Will Sign Holocaust Bill That Prompted Israeli Backlash

The controversial legislation was adopted by the country’s Senate last week, triggering Israel’s disagreement. The latter has demanded it to be reviewed.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has stated he will sign the so-called “Holocaust bill,” which criminalizes statements accusing Poles of complicity in the Holocaust and propaganda of Ukrainian nationalist ideology and refer the legislation to the country’s Supreme Court for the review.

The legislation was adopted by the Polish Senate on February 1 and required the president’s approval to come into force.

However, the as yet unsigned bill has already drawn the indignation of top Israeli officials, including the country’s prime minister, president, and the Foreign Ministry have expressed their disagreement with the law, which, according to them, juggled historical truth, and demanded that it be reviewed. Israel’s Yad Vashem center for the study of Holocaust, for its part, pledged to proceed with its studies despite the restrictions imposed by Poland.

The debated legislation will criminalize the propaganda of  Ukrainian nationalist ideology along with any accusations of complicity in war crimes during World War II, including the Holocaust, made against Polish people, as well as any denials of the killings of Poles by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. The bill was sharply criticized by Israel as it feared that the law might hit the Jews, who had suffered at the hands of Poles and would like to go public with it.


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