Poland denies claims it suspended controversial Holocaust law

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Poland denies claims it suspended controversial Holocaust law

Spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Justice says law will be implemented on 1 March, despite stories to the contrary made in Israeli media

Auschwitz concentration camp
Auschwitz concentration camp

A Polish government spokesman has played down reports made in the Israeli media on Saturday which said the controversial Poland Holocaust Bill had been suspended.

The proposal of the law, which bans blaming Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany, has caused controversy, with Israeli politicians and Jewish organisations saying it limits freedom of speech. The United States is also against the bill, saying it could affect Poland’s strategic relations with both them and Israel.

Reports in Israel on Saturday said the law had been frozen, but Polish government officials were quick to deny them, with Joanna Kopczynska, saying the law would indeed come into effect, as planned, on 1 March.

Stories emanating from the Israeli press said the law would be held back, while talks with Israel were ongoing, but a spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Justice tweeted in reply: “In connection with the information provided in the media about “freezing of the Institute of National Remembrance Act,” @MS_GOV_PL informs that every act passed in Poland by the parliament and signed by the president becomes a law and goes into effect according to the date specified in it.”

It was though confirmed on Sunday that an official Polish government delegation would fly to Israel in the next few days to discuss the matter with an Israeli team, the idea being a meeting takes place to agree on the text for the legislation. The proposal has been passed in Poland’s parliament, but not yet implemented.

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more: