Pole indicted for burning a Jewish effigy

Indictment submitted against Polish man and other indictments being weighed, over anti-Semitism in protest at 'European Culture Capital.'

Nissan Tzur,

Jewish effigy burned in Wroclaw, Poland
Jewish effigy burned in Wroclaw, Poland

A Polish man has been indicted for burning an effigy of an Orthodox Jew last November, during a protest by hundreds of Poles against the influx of Syrian migrants in front of city hall in the southwestern city of Wroclaw.

The figure was replete with traditional peot sidelocks and wore a black hat, but making the incident ironic was the fact that the city was chosen as the European Capital of Culture (ECC) for 2016, along with Basque's San Sebastian.

The protest was organized by the National-Radical Camp (ONR) and All-Polish Youth, according to JTA, which noted the effigy was holding an EU flag, which was likely meant to air anti-Semitic conspiracies of Jewish control.

Currently the Polish prosecutor announced that an indictment on charges of incitement to anti-Semitism and racism has been submitted against Piotr Rybak, a construction contractor who set the Jewish effigy on fire.

According to the indictment announcement, a decision is to be made in coming days whether or not to stand other people on trial who were involved in the protest and the burning of the effigy.

In video footage from the protest Rybak can be heard saying, "we won't bring even a single Muslim to Poland. Poland is only for Poles," before seconds later lighting the Jewish effigy on fire.

In investigation he refused to answer the questions of the police investigators, and claimed he "didn't do anything forbidden."

The incident comes amid another case of anti-Semitism in the same city of Wroclaw, as a local high school just recently decided to cancel a ceremony in which a poem containing blatant anti-Semitism was to be read.

During the ceremony, which was organized by the school's English teacher, the students were to read a poem written by one of the most famous Polish poets, Leszek Czajkowski.

The poem includes the line: "an American Jew writes about your guilt in the Holocaust, the word 'shame' is unknown to him, even though he grew up in a Polish family."

After the parents of several students complained, the management of the school decided to cancel the ceremony.