Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Pawel Jablonski, said on Thursday that Israeli singer Noa Kirel had accepted his invitation to visit Poland, following Kirel’s recent remarks which caused an uproar in Poland.
“Thank you Noa Kirel for accepting my invitation to visit Poland again. I hope that together we will use this opportunity to discuss history, commemoration of the victims of Holocaust and other WWII crimes, and also the [future] – how to inspire Polish & Israeli youth to learn about history and get to know each other. Against false stereotypes,” Jablonski tweeted.
Kirel, who represented Israel in this year's Eurovision contest, caused an uproar in Poland last week after she said in an interview that from her perspective, "Receiving 12 points from Poland after nearly the entire Kirel family was murdered in the Holocaust - that is a victory."
Following her comments, popular Polish paper Do Rzeczy wrote, "The Israeli artist recalled the Holocaust, and blamed the Poles for the murder of Jews."
Polish MP Anna Maria Żukowska tweeted, "Does this statement reflect the level of education about the Holocaust in Israel? Do young people in Israel think that the Holocaust was caused by Poland, over which a young Israeli citizen can achieve a moral victory after many years, or what?"
Jablonski had also announced his intention to invite Kirel to Poland after her comments.
The Holocaust was perpetrated by Germany, which conquered Poland early during World War II and built many of its concentration camps on Polish soil. Poland has long wrestled with the question of its complicity in the Holocaust.
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