FM tells Polish envoy Israel expects controversial bill to be changed

In a meeting on Sunday, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials expressed to Poland's deputy ambassador to Israel Piotr Kozlowski Israel's firm objection to a bill stating that casting blame on Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust or using the term "Polish death camps" should be punishable by up to three years in prison.
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Israeli Foreign Ministry officials met on Sunday with Poland's deputy ambassador to Israel Piotr Kozlowski and expressed Israel's firm objection to the Polish bill that outlaws any mention of Poland's part in the Holocaust.

Rodica Radian-Gordon, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy director-general for Europe, and Akiva Tor, the director of the department for Jewish communities, told Kozlowski that Israel "expects the Polish government to change the wording of the bill before its final implementation and to have dialogue with Israel on the matter."

They added that the legislation "will not be helpful for the continued exposure of the truth and might harm the freedom of research, as well as prevent discussions on the heritage and historical lesson of the Holocaust."

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