The Knesset, the parliament of Israel intends to consider the draft law that recognizes the Polish law on the Institute of National Memory as denial of the Holocaust. The Jerusalem Post reported this.
‘A lot of Poles and others heard, knew and helped the Nazi destruction machine. The Polish attempt to rewrite the history and close mouths of people who survived the Holocaust. It is brave, shocking and worthy of disrespect’, Itzik Shmuli, one of the initiators of the draft law said.
61 of 120 MPs of the Knesset supported the draft law on the amendments to the law on the protection from the denial of the Holocaust.
The Senate of Poland adopted a law on the National Memory Institute of Poland, which criminalizes the denial of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the Poles. Polish Sejm on January 26 adopted the bill, providing the criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use the combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.
Amendments to the bill also provide for criminal liability for the denial of the Volyn tragedy and propaganda of "Bandera ideology". The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the adoption of this document. The international community criticized him as "denying the Holocaust and depicting Ukrainians in an unattractive light." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was categorically against the adoption of this law.
The Senate of Poland approved the draft law at the overnight on February 1. However, Polish leader Andrzej Duda intends to carefully consider the draft law about the Institute of the National Memory approved by the Sejm,the lower house of the Polish Parliament.