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FILE PHOTO: Andrzej Duda attends a ceremony marking the anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against Nazi occupants in Warsaw, Poland, July 31, 2021 © Reuters / Maciek Jazwieck
Follow RT onPolish President Andrzej Duda has approved a law effectively stopping victims of the Holocaust and communism from reclaiming property taken from them. The move triggered uproar in Israel, which said it “will not accept” the law.
The law made its way through Poland’s parliament in the face of vocal opposition from the United States and Israel, incensed that it would deny the families of Holocaust victims from reclaiming property taken during World War II. However, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has previously said that Poland “won’t pay for Germany’s crimes,” while Duda has rejected the accusation that the law is aimed solely at Holocaust victims.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was livid. “This is a shameful decision and shows disgraceful contempt for the memory of the Holocaust,” he tweeted. “This is a serious step that Israel will not accept in good faith.” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid also announced that he would recall his country’s ambassador to Poland and instruct the incoming ambassador slated to replace him to remain in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported.
“Poland has become an antidemocratic, non-liberal country that does not respect the greatest tragedy in human history,” Lapid stated.
Throughout his six years in office, Duda has outright rejected any accusations of his country’s complicity in the Holocaust. His PiS party sparked controversy in 2018 when it introduced a law criminalizing any suggestion that Poland had aided in the massacre of Jews. However, the law was eventually watered down, following intense criticism from the US and Israel.
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