Responding to Israeli criticism of the Polish Prime Minister’s comments on ‘Jewish perpetrators’ of the Holocaust, the Polish government has claimed the words ‘should be interpreted as a sincere call for open discussion of crimes committed against Jews during the Holocaust.’
Well that’s great; who wouldn’t support that?
Funnily enough, it seems that the Polish government wouldn’t.
Indeed, this defense comes just after the Polish government passed a bill (which the President agreed to sign) that shall make it illegal to suggest that Poles were at all responsible for the Holocaust.
The law shall make the utterance of expressions such as ‘Polish death camps’ punishable by up to three years in jail.
That seems more like censorship to me than ‘open discussion’.
To make matters worse, after passing this into law, Poland cancelled a visit by Israel’s education minister following his criticism of the new law.
Either you support the freedom of speech, and the importance of ‘open discussion’, or you do not.
I certainly do, but it seems the Polish government does not.