Polish president to signal controversial Holocaust invoice…

Polish president to signal controversial Holocaust invoice…

But in an unusual move, President Andrzej Duda also said Tuesday he will ask the country's constitutional court to evaluate the bill and suggest possible amendments.

The law also forbids use of the term "Polish death camp" to describe the death camps where Jews and others were murdered in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II under the Third Reich. Similarly, no one who uses the phrase "Polish death camps" - including former US president Barack Obama and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey - does so out of ill will toward Poland. Millions of its citizens were killed, including three million Polish Jews in the Holocaust. "The death camps in Poland were built and operated by the Germans, and we can not allow them to evade responsibility for these actions", Israel's Bennett said.

Polish officials have rescinded their invitation to Israel's Education Minister Naftali Bennett for a visit to Poland this week. It is unclear whether the PiS controlled Constitutional Tribunal will call for changes. "The Government of Poland cancelled my visit because I mentioned the crimes of its people".

Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it will continue to discuss the bill with Poland. Anti-Semitism certainly exists in Poland, especially amongst the socially-conservative right that make up the core of Law and Justice supporters; Mr Kaczyński has had, in this particular respect, a moderating impact on his own party.

While Duda said he would sign the bill, it was unclear when he is planning to do so and when it will become enshrined in law. Polish media, meanwhile reported that Jaroslaw Gowin, the deputy prime minister, ordered that the Israeli minister's visit be scrapped.

"This may sound provocative, but I think you couldn't have survived on this land without the help of a Polish family", he continued.

Before the outbreak of World War II, Jews lived in Poland for centuries, thriving in some eras and even becoming the world's largest Jewish population at one point.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said this weekend that "there is not the slightest doubt about who is responsible for the extermination camps, who made them work to kill millions of European Jews: namely the Germans". There are things that have been said and done on both sides - including by Israeli politicians who said that there were Polish camps - which haven't been helpful. We are victims of the Holocaust too, and saying that death camps or concentration camps were "Polish" is a crime.

"One can not change history, and the Holocaust can not be denied", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement last week. I am honored. Now the next generation has an important lesson about the Holocaust of our people and I will ensure they learn it. I accepted an invitation to a dialogue based on truth.

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