Polish president to signal controversial Holocaust invoice…

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The ruling party's critics say that the new draft legislation is mainly meant to fuel nationalistic sentiments in the country. The latter has demanded it to be reviewed. After analyzing the situation and the bill, I have decided that I will sign it.

It was Poland's turn to show its displeasure in the ongoing row over the country's Holocaust bill on Monday, as it cancelled an official visit by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

The law sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone ascribing "responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich - or other crimes against humanity and war crimes".

Israel's Foreign Ministry says Tuesday it hopes President Andrzej Duda's decision to ask the country's constitutional court to evaluate the bill will allow both sides to "agree on changes and corrections". Poland not only sheltered many Jews when other countries turned them away, but numerous Poles also assisted the Jewish population in avoiding the Nazi extermination camps. And yes, more Poles have been honored by Yad Vashem for their life-saving efforts to protect Jews during the war than any other nation.

Analysts say that the legislation has isolated Poland from Israel, a key ally of the United States and neighbouring Ukraine. Anti-Semitism certainly exists in Poland, especially amongst the socially-conservative right that make up the core of Law and Justice supporters; Mr Kaczyński has had, in this particular respect, a moderating impact on his own party.

Before WWII, Poland was home to roughly 3.2 million Jews, the largest Jewish community in Europe.

The State Department had warned last week that such a law could have "repercussions" on Poland's relationship with the United States.

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"The death camps in Poland were built and operated by the Germans, and we can not allow them to evade responsibility for these actions", Israel's Bennett said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the USA understands that phrases like "Polish death camps" are "inaccurate, misleading, and hurtful", but voiced concern the legislation could undermine free speech and academic discourse.

"The Polish state was not complicit in the Holocaust, but many Poles were", Mr Zuroff told the Times of Israel.

Polish President Andrzej Duda is facing calls not to sign the bill into law within a three-week timeframe following its passage by the Polish Senate on Thursday. "Enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry", Tillerson said.

The bill's worldwide critics - which include the U.S. State Department and the Israeli government - argue that it violates freedom of expression.

The bill penalizes blaming Poles as a nation for crimes committed by Nazi Germany during World War II.

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