Wednesday, January 31, Warsaw police blocked the streets around the Israeli Embassy out of fear of anti-Semitic acts. This was written by the website of the Israeli newspaper «Israel a-Yom».
This decision was taken after it became known that several far-right organizations intend to organize a March to the Israeli Embassy under the slogan «No to anti-Polish speeches.»
The organizers of the March said that the police had violated their right to freedom of demonstration. However, the anti-fascist organization Warsaw has said it is ready to repulse the nationalists and hold a protest against anti-Semitism.
The reason for the tension between Poland and Israel was the Warsaw’s intention to review the law on the Institute of national memory, in which a man publicly accusing Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust, may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term up to three years.
The bill, which must be approved by the Senate and the President of Poland, 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».
The adoption of this law provoked an angry reaction from many Israeli politicians, including the Prime Minister and the President.