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Poland adopts bill to link country to Holocaust, despite criticism from Israel

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The Senate of Poland has passed a bill that criminalises blaming Poles for involvement in the Nazi German Holocaust, despite Israel strongly opposing it an accusing Poland of an attempt to change history.

British public broadcaster BBC reports citing AFP news agency that the bill which also bans describing Nazi death camps in Poland as Polish and sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term as punishment was adoped on Wednesday, January 31, in the upper house of the Polish parliament with 57 votes to 23, with two abstaining.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has to sign the bill into law, reacted in a television interview, explaining they could not back down and evaluated that his country had the right «to defend historical truth».

Israel’s Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett agreed on Sunday, January 28, that phrases such as «Polish camps» were misrepresentative, but also added: «It is a historic fact that many Poles aided in the murder of Jews, handed them in, abused them, and even killed Jews during and after the Holocaust».

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