Poland summons Israeli ambassador again over FM quote: “Poles suckle anti-Semitism from their mothers’ milk”
The Ambassador of Israel in Poland, Anna Azari, has been summoned for the second time this week while Poland threatens to cancel the upcoming visit of its foreign minister to Israel after acting Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz quoted former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir as saying that “Poles suckle antisemitism from their mothers’ milk”.
“I am a son of Holocaust survivors and I was even born and grew up in a community made up of Holocaust survivors. The memory of the Holocaust is something we cannot compromise about; it is clear and we won’t forget or forgive.
“In diplomacy, you try not to offend, but nobody will change the historical truth to do something like that. Poles collaborated with the Nazis, definitely. As Yitzhak Shamir said, they suckle anti-Semitism with their mother’s milk.”
The head of Poland’s prime minister’s office, Michal Dworczyk told state radio Monday that Israel Katz’s comments were “disgraceful.”
“In the light of this statement, any participation of representatives of the Polish state in the V4 summit in Israel is under a very large question mark,” he added.
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Sunday canceled his trip to Israel for the Weisgrad summit over comments made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Here I am saying Poles cooperated with the Nazis. I know the history and I don’t whitewash it. I bring it up,” Netanyahu said Thursday at the Warsaw conference on the Middle East.
Netanyahu made the remark in response to a question regarding the Holocaust denial law, in which the current Polish ultra-nationalist government attempts to rewrite history and downplay the collaboration of Poles with the Nazis during World War II.
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.