Poland promoting controversial ‘Holocaust Bill’ vote despite Israeli backlash

Poland’s lawmakers are promoting the vote on the controversial “Holocaust Bill,” which is expected to take place as early as Wednesday. The move is being promoted despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to reach an agreement with his Polish counterpart.
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The vote on the controversial “Holocaust Bill” is expected to be carried out by Poland’s lawmakers as early as Wednesday, according to various reports. The move comes amid Israeli backlash to the bill, according to which any mention of Poland’s role in the Holocaust would be outlawed.

Israeli officials told reporters on Wednesday that if the vote on the bill will indeed take place, the two countries may face a diplomatic crisis. Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in an effort to reach an agreement on the issue. According to the statement by Netanyahu’s office, the two leaders “agreed that teams from the two countries would open an immediate dialogue in order to try to reach understandings regarding the legislation.”

As previously reported by JOL, Israeli lawmakers are promoting a bill to prohibit the denial or downplaying of the role of those who assisted the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. The legislation, which has 61 signatories from various Knesset parties, aims to amend the current law against Holocaust denial by stating that denying the role of Nazi collaborators is also illegal.



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