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Polish Foreign Minister signals delay in contentious Holocaust law

Discussions with Israel over possible rewording

    Zbigniew Ziobro
    Zbigniew Ziobro

    The controversial Polish law sanctioning jail terms for people suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust has been delayed pending further consideration in its constitutional court and discussions between Israeli and Polish delegations over its potential rewording.

    Interviewed by Polish news agency PAP, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, who also serves as Poland's state prosecutor, suggested the law will not be implemented for the moment, despite being ratified at the beginning of the month by President Andrzej Duda.

    Mr Ziobro stressed that it did not prohibit references to crimes committed by individual Poles and groups, adding that it would not apply to Holocaust survivors, journalists or academics.

    He has met Israel’s ambassador to Poland Anna Azari to smooth the way towards a meeting between representatives of the two countries.

    The proposed law has damaged relations between Poland and Israel. 

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was condemned this week for suggesting "Jewish perpetrators" were among those responsible for the Holocaust.

     

     


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