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Unfair Ire Surrounding the Joint Israeli-Polish Holocaust Statement

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A storm of criticism has been leveled from many quarters at the joint statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Some have gone so far as to call it “a betrayal of the Holocaust” – no doubt motivated by deeply rooted emotions and memories of Polish anti-Semitism in the years before World War II, and the years thereafter when many Poles were disappointed to learn that some Jews had survived the German slaughter.

Some critics seem to have lost sight of the purpose of the Israeli-Polish dialogue that has taken place in recent weeks and the subsequent statement by the two prime ministers.

It was a new law passed last February in the Polish parliament, which demanded criminal punishment for those making statements or publishing research claiming that Poles had been accessories to the Holocaust, that aroused the ire of Israel and Holocaust historians. The ensuing Israeli-Polish dialogue was meant to end this situation, which endangered the........

© Haaretz