Poles ‘may freeze the hated Holocaust law’

CONFUSION arose this week over whether Poland might be backpedalling on its hated Holocaust law.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Warsaw was “caving in to Israeli pressure” to freeze the law.

And Polish ambassador to Israel Jacek Chodorowicz told a Knesset committee on Monday that the law will not be enforced “in the near future”.

However, this was rejected by Polish government spokesman Joanna Kopczynska, who said the legislation would come into force as planned on March 1. Now a Polish team is expected in Jerusalem in the coming days to try to reach an understanding with Israel on the despised law.

A storm of protest followed after the legislation, which outlaws blaming Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany, was signed by president Andrzej Duda on February 6.

It called for jail terms of up to three years for attributing Germany’s crimes to Poland.

The Jewish world was horrified that the Poles were trying to rewrite history and eradicate their role in the murder of Jews.

Before becoming law, the legislation must be reviewed by the Constitutional Tribunal.

And Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro appeared adamant that it would not come into effect before the tribunal’s review.

In Jerusalem, a foreign ministry official saw the expected arrival of a Polish team as a positive sign that a way is being found out of the diplomatic crisis.

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