Israeli Prime Minister Condemns New Polish Law: 'We Cannot Allow Holocaust Denial'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during an event marking the International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the breakthrough the Nazi Siege of Leningrad in the World War II, at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow, Russia Jan. 29, 2018. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently condemned new legislation in Poland which bars any mention of crimes by the "Polish nation" during the Holocaust, calling on Israel's ambassador in Warsaw to meet with the Polish prime minister on the contentious bill.

"The law is baseless. I strongly oppose it. History cannot be changed and it is forbidden to deny the Holocaust. I ordered the Israeli embassy in Poland to meet with the Polish Prime Minister and express my firm stand against the law," Netanyahu said.

President Reuven Rivlin also criticized the bill, saying that "on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, more than ever, and above all considerations, we are faced with our duty to remember our brothers and sisters who were murdered.

Last week, the Polish Parliament approved a controversial law forbidding any mention of participation of the "Polish nation" in crimes committed during the Holocaust. The law also forbids use of the term "Polish death camp" to describe the death camps where Jews and others were murdered in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. Anyone who violates the new law will be liable to a fine or imprisonment for up to three years, according to Ha'aretz.

This article originally appeared at visionforisrael.com.

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