The US has expressed its concern regarding Poland’s recent passing of a bill which makes it illegal to suggest Poles were at all responsible for crimes against humanity in the country, particularly for the holocaust, carried out by the Nazis in the Second World.
Indeed, the US State Department has claimed the law ‘could undermine free speech and academic discourse’ in Poland.
Washington has also claimed this law will likely have a negative effect ‘on Poland’s strategic interests and relationships.’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already claimed that ‘the law is baseless,’ adding that ‘one cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied.’
This law shall make the utterance of expressions such as ‘Polish death camps’ punishable by up to three years in jail.
The tarring of international relations caused by this policy – branded ‘de facto Holocaust denial’ by Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant – is already visible.
Following the passing of this law, Israel requested to postpone a planned visit next week by the head of Poland’s National Security Bureau.
Even European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish Prime Minister, has criticised the law, saying, though it is in place to stop the spreading of ‘false statements’ regarding the Holocaust, ‘the authors of the bill have promoted this vile slander all over the world, effectively as nobody has before.’
More to follow.