Poland to cancel Israeli youth trips?

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister says Israeli youth taught to hate Poland during educational trips as feud over restitution law continues.

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Jewish students visit site of Auschwitz death camp in Poland
Jewish students visit site of Auschwitz death camp in Poland
Yossi Zeliger/Flash 90

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński announced Monday that Poland would reassess the educational visits of Israeli youth to Poland as the diplomatic spat between the country's over Poland's Holocaust restitution law continues.

Jabłoński said that the "educational trips from Israel to Poland do not take place in a proper manner [and are conducted] in a way that hatred of Poland sometimes seeps into the minds of young people. We will examine the issue in depth because it is clear that the way these tours take place is not the right way."

The Polish parliament on Wednesday approved a law restricting claims on Jewish property looted from Polish Jewry during the Holocaust. The bill was signed into law by Polish President Andrzej Duda on Saturday.

The bill prevents the restitution of Jewish property, or compensation for it, to Holocaust survivors and their descendants. The proposed legislation, which will apply in retrospect, will make it almost impossible to appeal decisions made on the subject of stolen property more than 30 years ago.

The law would affect about 90 percent of restitution claims.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid downgraded ties with Poland over the law's passage, calling the law "anti-Semitic" and "unethical."

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized Lapid's response to the law, saying: “The decision of Israel to downgrade its diplomatic representation in Warsaw lacks justification and any sense of responsibility. The words spoken by [Israeli Foreign Minister] Yair Lapid enrage every upstanding person.

“I strongly object to all attacks on Poland’s ambassador, Marek Magierowski,” he added. “The result of such aggressive actions on the part of Israel’s government are an increase in hatred of Poland and its citizens. Due to this, I have decided to transfer the children of the Polish ambassador in Israel back to Poland."



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