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Anti-defamation bill criticized abroad
February 2, 2018   
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Poland's bill penalizing suggestions that Poles assisted in Nazi crimes against the Jewish people during World War II, is continuing to escalate the Polish-Israeli strife as the Israeli parliament is mulling a joint response in the form of a bill disallowing diminishing the role of Poles who did collaborate with the Nazis, the daily Rzeczpospolita writes.
Polish bill has also raised objections from Ukraine, which accused Poland of imposing obligatory interpretations of historical events, the daily adds.
Polish government was probably aware of the potential risk involved in the controversial bill as already in February 2017 the Ministry of Culture received an alarming opinion on the legislation from the Dentons legal office, Rzeczpospolita found out.
Fighting the propagation of the phrase "Polish death camps" by threats to penalize suggestions of Polish state and nation's participation in Nazi crimes will be ineffective, and Poland will risk an opinion of a country closed to historical debate, the Denton lawyers are said to have argued.
The US Congress taskforce for combating anti-Semitism has called on president Andrzej Duda to veto Poland's anti-defamation bill introducing a prison sentence for alleging the country's co-responsibility for the Holocaust.
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