PM Netanyahu welcomes Polish changes to Holocaust denial law: “We fulfilled our duty to safeguard historical truth”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he was pleased that Poland had “fully rescinded” clauses in its Holocaust denial law that caused uproar in Israel and internationally.
Polish lawmakers voted on Wednesday to water down the Holocaust denial law, and remove parts that imposed jail terms on people who mention Poland’s active role in Nazi atrocities and make the use of phrases such as “Polish Death Camps” to refer to the Polish death camps, punishable.
“Relations with Poland are important to us and are based on trust. We stood for the truth and fulfilled our duty to safeguard the historical truth about the Holocaust,” Netanyahu said.
The law —that downplay Poland’s role in Nazi crimes— as it went into effect in March imposed jail sentences of up to three years for anyone who used the phrase “Polish death camps” or suggested “publicly” that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s crimes.
The nationalist, right-wing government said at the time the law was needed to protect Poland’s reputation. Israel and the United States said it amounted to a historical whitewash and Holocaust denial.