Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Warsaw on Saturday, August 14, received an order from the country’s Foreign Ministry to immediately return home for “indefinite consultations.” The reason for the withdrawal was the signing by Polish President Andrzej Duda of amendments to legislation restricting the rights of Holocaust survivors to restitution of property taken from them. About it reported Foreign Minister of the Jewish State Yair Lapid.
According to the minister, on Saturday, it is not the first time that Poland has approved “an anti-Semitic and immoral law.”
“Tonight I instructed our Chargé d’Affaires in Warsaw to return immediately to Israel for indefinite consultations,” Lapid said.
In addition, the head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry added, the new Israeli ambassador to Poland was advised to extend the vacation and not go to Warsaw yet.
Lapid pointed out that Poland has become “an anti-democratic, illiberal country that does not honor the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind.” At present, the minister explained, Israel is conducting coordination negotiations with the Americans on how to respond to the approval of the law and added that “it is impossible to remain silent in such a situation.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also condemned the signing of amendments, calling such a decision “shameful” and “shameful contempt for the memory of the Holocaust.”
Earlier on Saturday at the office of Polish President Andrzej Duda reportedthat the head of state approved the amendments to the country’s administrative code, adopted in August by the Polish Sejm, according to which, after 30 years from the date of the administrative decision, including on the ownership of property, it will be impossible to challenge it. This law deprives Jews of the right to return their property or receive compensation for it.
However, the Polish leader himself denies that the updated law is aimed at infringing on the property rights of Jews. Duda noted that he never remained indifferent to the issues of the Holocaust. He called Poland “the keeper of the memory of the victims of German crimes against Jews” and noted that the country would not allow mass extermination to be “instrumentalized” for the sake of modern politics for someone else’s purposes. The President noted that Polish Jews became one of the largest Jewish groups killed in the Holocaust.