On the eve of the formal entry into force in Poland of the so-called «law of the Holocaust», February 28, arrived in Israel a representative of the Polish delegation, headed by Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs Bartosz Tsihotsky.
Thursday, March 1, the delegation holds talks with Director General of the Israeli foreign Minister Yuval Rotem and the Israeli experts – historians and lawyers to discuss possible amendments to this law that would satisfy both Israel and Poland.
February 27, speaking at the Committee on foreign Affairs and defense Knesset, Yuval Rotem said that, in his opinion, the government is not sufficiently opposed to the adoption of this law in Poland, although he noted some of the right steps. The discussion was attended by the chief historian of the memorial complex «Yad Vashem» Dina Porat.
24 Feb channel «Reshet». reported that as a result of pressure from Israel, and with the assistance of the Minister of justice of Poland of Zbigniew Ziobro, the Polish authorities decided to temporarily freeze a controversial «law on the Holocaust.» But later in Warsaw has denied this information.
Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the foreign Ministry to reach agreement on the adoption by Poland of amendments to the law before its entry into force. The consequence of this order was the arrival in Israel of the Polish diplomatic delegation.
The Minister of justice of Poland Zbigniew Ziobro, who is also the General Prosecutor of the country said that the law will come into force only after the corresponding decision will be made by the Constitutional court.
A bill introducing criminal liability for propaganda of the ideology of Ukrainian nationalists, the denial of the Volyn massacre and allegations of complicity of poles with the Nazis during the Second world war, was signed by the President of Poland on 6 February.
In fact, we are talking about amendments to the law on the Institute of national remembrance, approved by the Polish Senate February 1, according to which, in particular, a man publicly accusing Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust, the complicity of Nazi Germany, war crimes or crimes against humanity can be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years.
The law prohibits the use of the phrase «Polish death camp» when describing the concentration camps that existed on the territory of occupied Poland. Punishment will be subjected to those who try «to consciously downplay the responsibility of the real perpetrators of these crimes».
This law caused a mixed reaction in Israel. For several days prior to the approval of the law by the Polish Senate, its contents provoked an angry reaction from many Israeli politicians, including the Prime Minister and the President.
The Polish government argues that the law is necessary to protect the reputation of Poland, which became a victim of Nazi aggression, rather than her partner. Israel, for its part, believes that the ban will not allow us to speak the truth about the role of poles in the extermination of the Jews.