Recall that in February, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a law providing for criminal liability for the propaganda of “Bandera ideology” and accusing the Polish people of involvement in the Holocaust. This document entered into force on March 1 this year.
Jacek Chaputovich said that the law has become a problem in the country’s relations with Israel and the United States
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Chaputovich spoke in favor of revising the law on the punishment of publicly accusing the Polish nation of involvement in the Holocaust in the republic, as its controversial provisions hamper the republic’s foreign policy. He said this on Saturday in an interview with the radio station RMF FM.
“We need to outline our position, because there is always a certain uncertainty and anxiety about this situation: in relations with the US and Israel, this has become a problem,” he said.
“It should be agreed that here it is necessary to take a certain decision,” the minister added. “This case affects the climate of the negotiations.”
As the Foreign Minister reminded, the President of Poland sent the disputed law to the Constitutional Court. “Here you can act in another way, because the Sejm is sovereign and can correct this law,” he concluded.
The new Polish law on the punishment of publicly accusing the Polish nation of involvement in the Holocaust, which led to a conflict in the republic’s relations with Israel, Ukraine and the United States, criminalizes imprisonment for up to three years for disseminating ideas about the fault of the Polish people or state in the Holocaust. Punishment is provided for and statements about their involvement in the crimes committed by the Third Reich. Such offenses include, in particular, the use of the wording “Polish concentration camps”. The document also prohibits the propaganda of the Bandera ideology in Poland, as well as the denial of the genocide in Volhynia.
The Israeli side perceived the Polish law as a restriction on freedom of speech, which makes it impossible for an open discussion of crimes committed against Jews during World War II, as well as an attempt to impose punishment for the testimony of the Holocaust victims themselves. Dissatisfaction with the law was expressed in the United States.