The Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman clarified in a statement to the Polish people that in Israel’s perspective, the death camps were not Polish, but rather German. However, the spokesperson claimed that Poland’s new bill regarding the Holocaust is an issue of “the legitimate and essential freedom to talk about the involvement of Poles in the murder of Jews without fear or threat of penalization.”
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman: “Of course, they were not Polish. Those were German death camps.” Photo Credit: Ehud Amiton/TPS
The new Polish bill that prohibits any mention of Poland’s involvement in Nazi war crimes during the Holocaust is still plaguing the Israeli government, which is working to promote an amendment before the bill’s final approval. The day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki agreed to discuss the controversial bill, Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon issued a direct statement to the Polish people demanding the freedom to discuss Poland’s involvement in murdering Jews during the Holocaust.
“Dear Polish followers – the issue is NOT the death camps,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry retweeted from Nahshon’s Twitter account. “Of course, they were not Polish. Those were German death camps. The issue is the legitimate and essential freedom to talk about the involvement of Poles in the murder of Jews without fear or threat of penalization. Simple.”
The Israeli Foreign Ministry also released a statement on Twitter saying that it expects “the Polish government to change the wording of the bill before its final adoption and to conduct a dialogue with Israel on the subject.”
The ministry’s statement came a few hours before JOL reported about Netanyahu’s phone conversation with Morawiecki, in which the two agreed to open an immediate dialogue with teams from the two countries in order to reach an agreement concerning the controversial bill. Furthermore, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid slammed Netanyahu for agreeing to discuss the bill. “Never conduct a negotiation on the memory of those who perished,” Lapid said. “This bill needs to be buried in Poland’s soil, which is drenched in the blood of Jews.”