Poland cancels visit of Israeli Education Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

Naftali Bennett called it "great honor"
15:30, 6 February 2018

Radio Liberty

Polish government notified Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett on Monday, February 5that his visit to Warsaw had been canceled. It was reported by

"This step was a response to Bennett's statement about the involvement of the Poles in the catastrophe of European Jewry," the message said.

It is noted that during his visit to Poland, Bennett planned to address the students, meet with the deputy head of government and the Minister for Science and Higher Education.

"The blood of Polish Jews is crying from the ground, and no law will silence it. The Polish government canceled my visit because I mentioned the crimes of its people. It's a great honor for me," Bennett commented, as Radio Liberty reports.

The minister stressed that many Poles persecuted the Jews and notified the Germans about them.

Related: Ukrainian parliament urges Poland to not sign law banning 'Bandera ideology'

Earlier, the Israeli Foreign Ministry canceled the visit of the head of the Polish National Security Council, appointed on February 4.

As it was reported earlier 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 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 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.

The U.S. State Department urged Poland on Wednesday to re-evaluate the draft law on the Institute of National Memory, expressing concern about consequences on Warsaw’s relations with the United States and Israel if the draft becomes law. The bill has triggered a diplomatic spat between Israel and Warsaw’s conservative government since its initial approval in the lower house of parliament last week, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comparing it to an effort to change history.

Related: European Parliament launches procedure for sanctions against Poland

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