A Polish bill outlawing any mention of Poland’s part in the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust has been sharply condemned across the Israeli political spectrum. The Israeli Foreign Ministry is expected to reprimand the deputy Polish ambassador to Israel.

The Polish embassy in Tel Aviv

The Polish embassy in Tel Aviv Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Israeli Foreign Ministry will officially reprimand the Deputy Polish Ambassador to Israel following the approval of a bill in Poland that outlaws any mention of the country’s crimes during the Holocaust.

The controversial bill, which also bans the use of the term “Polish death camps,” has been slammed by Israeli officials from both the coalition and the opposition. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it “outrageous” and ordered the Israeli Ambassador to Poland to meet with Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister, and express Netanyahu’s “firm opposition” to the bill.

Israel’s President Reuven Riviln has also issued a statement against the bill, quoting Poland’s former president Aleksander Kwaśniewski’s own words from a speech he made at the Knesset. “One cannot fake history, rewrite it or hide the truth,” Rivlin said, quoting Kwaśniewski.

MK Yair Lapid, the chairman of the centrist Yesh Atid party, tweeted that “hundreds of thousands of Jews were murdered (in Poland) without ever meeting a German soldier. There were Polish death camps and no law can ever change that.”