Polish Jews stunned, scared by eruption of anti-Semitism

Source: Associated Press

By VANESSA GERA

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Matylda Jonas-Kowalik has spent most of her 22 years secure in the belief that she would never know the discrimination, persecution or violence that killed or traumatized generations of Polish Jews before her. She once thought the biggest problem that young Jewish Poles like herself faced was finding a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in a country dominated by Catholics.

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But an eruption of anti-Semitic comments in public debates amid a diplomatic dispute with Israel over a new Holocaust speech law has caused to her to rethink that certainty. Now she and others fear the hostile rhetoric could eventually trigger anti-Semitic violence, and she finds herself thinking constantly about whether she should leave Poland.

“This is my home. I have never lived anywhere else and wanted this to keep being my home,” said Jonas-Kowalik, a Jewish studies major at Warsaw University. “But this makes me very anxious. I don’t know what to expect.”

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  1. FROM PROGRESSIVE ISLAM.
    We live in one world —a global village—technology internet has a huge impact to people’s lifestyle around the world— we can easily connect each other from one continent to another continent in one second. There is no wall to divide people anymore. We are one nation with different race, languages and beliefs

    God as King of the King on global siciety want Hus people live in peace, harmony and properity. This is main goal of people to live in world before the Next life.

    So God has sent His prophet and His books as guidance to live in peace and respect rach other.

    The main core of His teaching is Human Right and Justice for all people regardless his race, religion and gender.

    So every country has to obey Human Right and justice for all. Otherwise you will find conflict and war as we see in Middl East where most countries do not obey Human Right and justice for all. They are against God’s commandment. That is why we see cconflict without END.

    What do you think Zia, Rafiq, Riffat
    Are you with me?
    All ❤️

    • nice words, Somi. Except that you see all the villains in the Middle East and are totally blind to what your host country is doing around the world (and other so-called ‘nice, democratic’ countries such as UK, France (I do not include Israel in the so-called ‘nice countries’).

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