On Holocaust Day: Polish bill against Jewish claims for property stolen during WWII
The Polish ultra-nationalist Kukiz 15 coalition will present a bill to prevent “frivolous reparation suits” against Jewish claims for property stolen during World War II, as Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The reparation suits, widely interpreted as referring to suits brought by Jews aiming to reclaim property lost in the Holocaust, can be prosecuted through state courts.
Yair Lapid reacted harshly to the report, writing on Twitter, “It isn’t enough for them that Jewish blood cries out from Polish soil, so now we’ve received more proof that there are antisemitic forces in Poland that dare to raise their heads at the same time that we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel”.
Last year, Polish lawmakers voted to water down the Holocaust denial law following pressure from Israel and the United States, and removed parts that imposed jail terms on people who mention Poland’s active role in the Holocaust and make the use of phrases such as “Polish Death Camps” to refer to the Polish death camps, punishable.