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"They don't want to ruin their relationship with the United States".

The Israeli mission noted that "Israel stands with Poland in using the proper term for the death camps - German Nazi camps".

Duda understood that his decision had to ensure that "the interests of Poland, our security and our global status are balanced", Prof. "We, [Poland] as a state, as a nation, have a right to defend ourselves from an evident slander, an evident falsification of historical truth, which, in this case, for us is a slap in the face", he said according to The New York Times.

Polish President Andrzej Duda is facing the most controversial decision of his political career, after his country's Senate passed this week the widely-censured "Holocaust Law" that criminalizes any discussion of Polish complicity with the Nazi Holocaust. The legislation allows exceptions for academic research and works of art.

The lower house of the Polish parliament approved the bill Friday, a day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, timing also criticized as insensitive.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed Israel's ambassador in Warsaw to protest the legislation with the country's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The legislation has been the subject of serious criticism and expressions of concern by Israel and Washington, as well as many Jewish organizations and worldwide institutions, including the global Auschwitz Council. "No law will change the facts", ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said.

During the war, Poland was attacked and occupied by Nazi Germany and six million of its citizens were killed, half of them Jews.


Several global organizations have been quick to condemn the law, including Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "We encourage Poland to reevaluate the legislation in light of its potential impact on the principle of free speech and on our ability to be effective partners".

The Polish Senate passed the bill at a late-night session that continued into Thursday morning.

But even some Law and Justice lawmakers thought it was reckless.

"We could have done it a week, two weeks later", she said.

Geneviève Zubrzycki, director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and professor of sociology and faculty associate at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of MI, discusses the debate between Poland and Israel, and Polish-Jewish relations more broadly.

"On behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland I assure you of our commitment to cooperate on this matter", Szczerski told the Congressmen. This is so unnecessary. In a pompous speech the Polish prime minister gave supporting the law, an automatic translation service made it appear as if he himself said that "camps where millions of Jews were murdered were Polish".

"The law the Poles have enacted is a severe move and constitutes renouncing responsibility and denying Poland's part in the Jewish Holocaust", Katz said in a statement on Thursday morning.


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