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Israeli students targeted in attempted bombing in Poland

Israeli students visiting  Janusz Korczak’s orphanage in Warsaw were targeted with an explosive device on Wednesday.

Students from the Arad’s Ort School, who visit Poland annually, were targeted from an adjacent building, but thankfully no students or staff were injured.

The Israeli Ministry of Education released a statement:

“During the students’ visit…an explosion was heard. Apparently, an explosive was thrown from a nearby window. The students did not suffer any harm, but there is no question that it was thrown intentionally.”

“The security detail accompanying the students evacuated the group from the site, and Polish police began investigating the event. After the students were evacuated, their trip continued as scheduled.”

It seems almost miraculous that none of the attachment were hurt in what is a deeply shocking incident, doubtless owing in part to the security guard’s swift and calm response.

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Polish magazine asks “just how strong is the Jewish lobby?” on its front cover

Right wing Polish magazine Do Rzeczy has published an antisemitic issue which features the question “just how strong is the Jewish lobby?” on its front cover.

The weekly right wing magazine was founded in 2013 and represents Christian conservatism in the country.

The article pits the mysterious “Jewish lobby” against Poland, asking “can the Polish government handle it?”. Poland is currently governed by the far right Law and Justice Party, a party infested with antisemitism from the top all the way down to the grassroots.

Pitting the “Jewish lobby” against Poland’s national government is a repetition of the classic antisemitic canard in which conniving Jews seek to undermine national interests. It has its modern roots in antisemitic conspiracy theories such as the infamous hoax the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but such ideas were also a mainstay of Nazi propaganda.

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Poland blocks award ceremony for antisemitic writer in unexpected move

The Polish government has intervened to prevent an antisemitic author from receiving an award at a consular event in the United States.

A private charity was due to award Ewa Kurek a prize at the Polish consulate in the US. The event was reportedly not a government initiative, but the government has prevented it taking place, according to Andrzej Pawluszek, an advisor to the Polish PM.

Kurek has said that Jews “had fun” in the ghettoes during the Holocaust, a view that is grossly offensive and antisemitic, which either amounts to Holocaust denial or to making light of the Holocaust.

Matthew Tyrmand, a right wing journalist who was also due to be recognised at the event, has expressed relief that it was blocked, writing that “nobody wanted to be in a room with her, including me”.

Whilst the Polish government has drawn justified, fierce criticism for the controversial Holocaust law and increasing antisemitism in the country, including within the ruling Law and Justice Party’s own ranks, they are to be commended for intervening here.

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Millions of Poles don’t accept Jews, Muslims and Roma as their fellow citizens

A Pew Research poll of Poland has shown shocking levels of antisemitism and Xenophobia.

The poll asked people whether they would accept Jews, Muslims and Roma as members of their family, as neighbours, or as citizens.

When asked about who they would accept as a member of their family, 30% would not accept Jews, 55% would not accept Muslims, and 49% would not accept Roma.

When asked about who they would accept as neighbours, 20% would not accept Jews, 43% would not accept Muslims and 38% would not accept Roma.

When asked about who they would accept as citizens, 18% would not accept Jews, 41% would not accept Muslims and 30% would not accept Roma.

These figures show that there is clearly an profound problem with Xenophobia in Polish society, with a sizeable minority of the population holding extreme prejudices, not even accepting Jews, Muslims and Roma as citizens.

They also show that whilst Jews clearly face a lot of antisemitism in Poland, and this is deeply concerning, the fact that other minority groups appear to face more widespread negative attitudes from native Poles should not be ignored. This fact is not entirely surprising, given the brand of far-right antisemitism in Poland.

Disturbingly, the results in Poland have been mirrored elsewhere: 23% of Lithuanians, 22% of Romanians, 14% of Hungarians, 19% of Czechs and 16% of Greeks would not accept Jews as fellow citizens.

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Prominent Polish Priest says Jews bend truth to “whatever serves Israel’s interests”

Henryk Zielinski, a Polish Priest who is the editor-in-chief of Idziemy, a weekly Catholic publication, has claimed that Jews bend truth to “whatever serves Israel’s interests” or whatever is beneficial to them in an interview.

The Union of Jewish Communities in Poland filed a complaint about the comments on Monday. Zielinski said that Jews have a “completely different system of values, a different concept of truth. For us, the truth corresponds to facts. For the Jew, truth means something that conforms to his understanding of what’s beneficial. If a Jew is religious, then truth means something God wants.”

He then continued to say that for secular Jews “the truth is subjective or whatever serves Israel’s interests”.

According to the Definition of Antisemitism, “accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” is antisemitic. Moreover, accusing Jews of twisting the truth to fit whatever is “beneficial” to them has strong undertones of antisemitic canards that paint Jews as dissembling, untrustworthy and rootless. This is particularly striking because Zielinski draws a dichotomy between Poles, who he says believe “truth corresponds to facts”, and Jews, for whom he seems to think truth can mean anything that suits a particular agenda.

Michał Karnowski, who was conducting the interview, did not challenge the comments.

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Polish PM faces criticism for claiming there were “Jewish perpetrators” of Holocaust when defending controversial Holocaust law

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has attracted ire from commentators around the globe for his claim that there were “Jewish perpetrators” of the Holocaust yesterday.

Morawiecki, of Poland’s ruling far-right Law and Justice party, a growing number of senior members of which have now made antisemitic comments, was fielding questions at the Munich Security Conference.

Ronen Bergman, an Israeli journalist, described how his mother’s family escaped from the Nazis after overhearing Polish neighbours discussing how they would report the family’s whereabouts to the Nazis. Bergman continued “If I understand correctly, after this law is legislated, I will be considered a criminal in your country for saying this”.

Morawiecki claimed, somewhat disingenuously, that claims of Polish perpetration would not be punished, saying that he acknowledged “as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian perpetrators – not only German perpetrators”.

Claiming that there were “Jewish perpetrators” of the Holocaust, particularly claiming so alongside German perpetrators, is an outrageous attempt to downplay the fact that the Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate the entirety of the European Jewry. Whilst some Jews were involved in administering the ghettos, their position is one of academic controversy, and many acted out of a sense of necessity, often not knowing the extent of the Nazi’s plans. Invoking this to defend a law which has serious implications for study and debate about the Holocaust is unconscionable, particularly from the leader of a blatantly antisemitic party that is yet to discipline scores of members who have openly voiced antisemitic ideas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his statement as “outrageous” saying that “there is a problem here of a misunderstanding of history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people. I plan to talk to him soon”.

Avi Gabbay, the chairman of the Zionist Union, accused Morawiecki of speaking in the same terms of a Holocaust denier, saying that “the blood of millions of Jews cries out from Polish soil about the distortion of history and the escape from guilt. Jews were murdered in the Holocaust and Poles took an active part in their murder. The government of Israel must be the voice of the millions of those murdered and strongly condemn the words of the Polish prime minister.”

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Adviser to Polish President says Jews “fighting to keep the monopoly on the Holocaust”, blaming Jews for “collaboration”

Andrzej Zybertowicz, professor of Sociology at Nicolaus Copernicus University who also serves as an adviser to the Polish President, is the latest Polish official to make grossly antisemitic comments.

He said that Jewish opposition to Poland’s controversial new Holocaust law was based on “feeling of shame at the passivity of the Jews during the Holocaust”.

He described Israeli opposition to the law as “anti-Polish”, claiming that Jews  are”clearly fighting to keep the monopoly on the Holocaust”.

Accusing Jews of using or manipulating the Holocaust is antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism.

He also claimed that “Many Jews engaged in denunciation, collaboration during the war. I think Israel has still not worked it through”. Whilst many Jews were forced by the Nazis to assist their captors, his suggestions are clearly an attempt to shift blame for the Holocaust onto Jewish victims, which is deeply ironic given the passage of the law makes discussion of Polish collaboration an at-best legally precarious activity.

The passage of the law has already triggered a wave of antisemitism in Poland, and other senior figures in the ruling Law and Justice party, which is increasingly appearing to be an outright antisemitic and far right party, have already used it as an opportunity to frame their blatant antisemitism.

 

 

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Politicians from Poland’s ruling party yet again openly express their antisemitism following Holocaust bill

Opposition from Jewish groups around the world to Poland’s controversial new Holocaust law, which criminalises any mention of Polish involvement in the Holocaust, has led to further outbursts of antisemitism, this time from various officials of the country’s far right Law and Justice Party. Last week we reported that the law’s passage had led to a spike in antisemitism.

Beata Mazurek, a spokeswoman for Law and Justice, tweeted a quote from a Catholic Priest saying that Jewish opposition to the bill “made it hard for me to look at Jews with sympathy and kindness”.

Jerzy Czerwinski, a Law and Justice party senator, said that the opposition was based on a “hidden agenda”, a comment made against the background of various commentators claiming that Jewish organisations wanted to extract money from Poland. After all, we know that Jewish circles, including American, but mostly the state of Israel, are trying to get restitution of property or at least compensation”, he continued.

A politician from the party has previously claimed that the antisemitic hoax the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a factual document. A lawmaker for the party wrote “I wonder why there are so many Jews among those performing abortions, despite the Holocaust”, in a claim eerily close to blood libel. A banner at one of the parties rallies demanded the “immediate liquidation of masonic Jewish life in Poland”. Another march organised by the party was  attended by thousands shouting white supremacists slogans, including calling for a “Jew-free Poland”.

 

 

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Wave of antisemitism in Poland following passage of controversial Holocaust bill

The passage of the controversial law that criminalises suggestions of Polish complicity in the Holocaust has been followed by a wave of antisemitism in Poland, a country which already is amongst the most antisemitic in Europe.

The Israeli Embassy has reported that it has been sent a large number of antisemitic messages, issuing a statement in which they said “in the last few days we could not help ut notice a wave of antisemitic statements, reading the Embassy through all channels of communication”.

The Embassy has also voiced concerns of growing antisemitism throughout Polish society, including antisemitic statements made in the media, following the passage of the law.

The Embassy stated its support for the spirit of the law, emphasising that concentration camps in Poland should be referred to as “German Nazi camps”. However, the outpouring of antisemitism demonstrates ingrained problems in Polish society. The governing party of Poland, Law and Justice, have faced a string of controversies involving antisemitic members.

A few days ago barriers were put up around the Embassy following security concerns.

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Polish “artists” display video showing a naked game of tag filmed in actual Nazi gas chamber

Several Jewish groups, including the Organisation of Holocaust Survivors in Israel and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, have written to the Polish President to demand an explanation as to why a lewd video was allowed to be filmed inside a former Nazi gas chamber.

The video was filmed by a group of artists and displayed in 2015, drawing criticism from Jewish groups. Whilst it depicted a game of tag in a gas chamber, the shooting location was not disclosed, and many assumed it was done in a studio. After an investigation, it was discovered that the video was filmed in the actual gas chambers of Stutthof concentration camp. The gas chambers were added in 1943, and 65,000 people were killed in the camp, including 28,000 Jews.

The joint statement reads:

“At the time, no comment or word of critique was heard from Polish official sources regarding the video, neither from the Prime Minister’s office, nor from any official/ government representative- not Poland’s Ministry of Culture or Foreign Ministry, or from Krakow’s city mayor”

“Extensive research recently revealed that the site where the video was filmed is the gas chamber at the Stutthof concentration camp, and it is this discovery which prompted the demand for clarifications from the Polish leaders and the administration of the Stutthof concentration camp site (and museum)”

The letter demands information as to whether the artists were able to “obtain permission from the Stutthof administrators to make this video, what rules exist for proper conduct at the site, how these are enforced”.

In 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow appeared to be dishonest when questioned by Jewish groups, removing the exhibition as they reassured the Jewish community, before immediately reinstating it. Astonishingly, the exhibition to which it belonged was originally sponsored by the Israeli embassy, who condemned it and withdrew their support once the nature of the display became apparent.

The filming of a video by a group of “artists” in gas chambers, a location that epitomises the sheer evil of the Nazi death machine, displays a manifest, brazen disregard for the victims of the Nazi Holocaust, both Jewish and non-Jewish.  The pressing questions that have been asked in this letter remain unanswered, and steps must immediately be taken to ensure that the memory of those who were murdered by the Nazis is not desecrated further.

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Polish hotel owned by far-right extremist displays sign refusing entry to Jews

A hotel in Cesarzowice, Poland, is being investigated by local authorities after a picture emerged of a sign reading “Entry forbidden to Jews, Commies, and all thieves and traitors of Poland”.

The hotel is reportedly owned by far right extremist  Piotr Rybak, who was convicted of burning an effigy of a Jew in 2015 and is currently facing jail for having allegedly violated his parole conditions by shouting an antisemitic chant at an Independence Day rally which was organised by far right groups, many attendees of which called for a “Jew free Poland” and a “White Europe”. He is currently under partial house arrest for incitement, having finally being convicted for burning the effigy in 2015, narrowly missing out on jail time.

The Anti-Defamation League have called on Polish prosecutors to take appropriate action against him.

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Polish far right rally 60,000 for Independence Day, with marchers chanting “Jews out of Poland” and calling for a “White Europe”

Poland’s independence day has been marred by a huge White Nationalist rally, in which 60,000 Poles took to the streets to join a march organised by far right groups.

The parade marked 99 years of Polish independence.

“Thousands” of the marchers reportedly called for a “Jew free” Poland, in one of the most stark displays of antisemitism in Europe for years. Whilst the official slogan of the march was “We Want God”, many marchers were heard chanting, “White Europe”,  “Pure Poland, Jew free Poland,” and “Jews out of Poland,” and “Refugees get out”.

Whilst in Britain far-right Marches are often outnumbered by anti-Fascist protesters, the contingent who turned up to oppose the 60,000 of the far right march numbered only around 2000.

One participant of the march defended those attending, yet still admitted that 30% could be from the far right.

The march was organised by White Nationalist groups, yet it attracted a large number of members of the governing Law and Justice Party. There have been several antisemitic incidents within the party, including the promotion of a Minister who claimed the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to be a factual document. In 2015, a banner at one of the party’s marches read “We demand the immediate liquidation of masonic Jewish life in Poland. It threatens Poles”.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry called upon the Polish government to take action against those responsible for organising the parade. In August we reported that Polish Jews have found themselves at a recent “low point” due to escalating antisemitism in the country.

Despite the blatant displays of antisemitism, racism and xenophobia, Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland’s interior minister, said that “independence day…was safe” and described the march as a “beautiful sight”.

 

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Warsaw residents mark beginning of Spring by burning effigy of Jewish woman

Footage has emerged of a group of Warsaw residents apparently celebrating the beginning of Spring by burning an effigy of a Jewish woman.

The burning was held by a group called Conscience of the Nation TV. Though burning an effigy representing the Winter is a tradition in the country, this one was particularly made to look like a Jew, with one of the participants saying that the “mug” (face) and “nose” were “so well known in Polish history”, apparently referring to the presence of so many Jews in Poland throughout its history up to the Holocaust, which almost completely destroyed the Polish Jewry.

The group holding the event apparently held an “antisemeeting” last month, which further indicates that this is a sinister, antisemitic incident. The group appears to be a Nationalist group, and this could point to them appropriating a local custom for their antisemitic ideology.

The Center for Monitoring Racial and Xenophobic Behavior reported the event to local prosecutors, commenting that “during the Second World War, one of four Warsaw residents died because they were Jewish. By imitating the Nazis today you have to be either a complete idiot or the last pig. But certainly not a patriot”

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Woman and friends beaten up in Poland merely for mentioning Jews

Karolina Tobolska and her two friends were allegedly beaten up in Warsaw for merely mentioning Jews.

The group were allegedly attacked by friends of the bartender of the bar they were drinking in, Foksal Café. The bartender had told them to stop talking “about Jews” because “she is Catholic and doesn’t wish to listen about Jews”, shortly after which they were assaulted.

When the woman said that she had reported the attack on social media, she was bombarded with antisemitic comments.

However, yesterday the former Israeli ambassador Ryszard Schnepf organised for a large crowd of people to attend the cafe, many of whom wore kippot as a sign of solidarity.

The report comes form the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, which monitors reports of antisemitism worldwide.

 

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Jewish Cemeteries Desecrated In Poland and Moldova

According to local authorities, swastikas were sprayed on a number of graves that are located in a Jewish cemetery in Minsk Mazowiecki (Novominsk) Poland. The perpetrators are unknown. Since the cemetery is closed for most of the day, it is considered a break-in. The graves also appear to have Nazi slogans such as “Juden raus” painted on them.

The desecrated graves were discovered by local residents, who, in turn, notified members of the local Jewish community. After being notified by the Jewish community, the police opened up an investigation.

Novominsk, which had its named changed to Minsk Mazowiecki in 1916, is located in central Poland, near Warsaw. The city has a population of approximately 40,000 people.

Before World War Two, thousands of Polish Jews lived in the surrounding area.  But when Hitler invaded Poland, the Jewish community of Minsk Mazowiecki (Novominsk) was rounded up, and forced to live in the Nazi-created Minsk Ghetto. 

In one of the first episodes of the Holocaust, the Minsk Jews, who had not been shot to death by the SS in the streets of Minsk Mazowiecki, were sent to the gas chambers of Treblinka.

In addition, a Jewish cemetery located in Balti (Belts), Moldova, formerly Bessarabia, USSR, was desecrated  with graffiti and vandalized. The enormous cemetery has 25,000 Jewish graves. Six gravestones were smashed and toppled. Despite an investigation by the Balti police, the vandals have not been identified 

The cemetery caretaker, Nina Korlotyan, told Channel BTV that she believes that a group of young people may have gone into the cemetery at night. Korlotyan became suspicious when she discovered empty liquor bottles around cemetery benches 

Balti (Belts) which is the third largest city in Moldova, originally had a large Jewish population. Before the start of World War Two, 20,000 Jews lived in Balti,  But 15,000 Balti Jews perished in the Holocaust. They either died in death camps, were shot to death by Romanian soldiers, who were allies of Nazi Germany, or died of starvation.

The desecration of the Polish and Moldovan cemeteries are part of a wave of cemetery desecrations that have recently occurred in Europe.

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Polish football fans burn “Jewish” effigy, call for burning Jews

Around 50 fans of Widzew Łódź, a Polish association football team, demonstrated shocking antisemitism before a game on Friday.

The supporters had gathered at a train station prior to a clash with local rivals ŁKS Łódź, a team which is often derisively referred to as having large amounts of Jewish support by rival clubs, in a manner much similar to how Tottenham Hotspur are discussed in the British Premier League.

The Widzew fans burned effigies which appeared to depict caricatures of Orthodox Jews, as well as revealing a banner with the text “1908, today the Jews were named. Let them burn, motherfuckers”, referring to the founding date of the rival club.

Some of the fans also appear to be performing Nazi salutes.

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Prominent Polish priest’s antisemitic rant

A Polish Priest who has been linked to far right groups and football hooligans has made an antisemitic rant in Poland.

Jacek Miedlar reportedly told his congregation during a Mass:

“Passive Jewish mob will try to throw you on your knees, then crawling, will try to grind faces of you, Jews want to swallow you, to digest you – for only reason – to spit you out because of your further uselessness.”

An MP, Joanna Scheuring, informed the local Prosecutor’s office of the alleged hate speech, but she was threatened on Twitter by Miedlar, who said  “in the days of the past for such persons as the MP only the razor was left for use.”

No Polish Bishops were available for comments on Miedlar’s rant.

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Families angered over “fun tourist destination” Auschwitz bus

Families of Holocaust survivors and Jewish groups have been angered after an image emerged of a tourist bus which presented the death camp as a “fun tourist destination”.

The coach has the printed words “Come to Auschwitz – A journey through emotions.”

The coach was made for a film made by Vit Klusak which satirises how commercialised visits to Auschwitz have become, but has apparently been sold to a real tour operator.

Erika Bezdickova, who lost her whole family in Auschwitz when she was 13, said “I was absolutely appalled when I spotted the bus offering the tours to Auschwitz…not as an event for the people who are interested in the history, but as entertainment”

Leo Pavlat, director of the Jewish Museum of Prague, says that “it advertises a trip to the former death camp as Auschwitz-style adventure tourism”.

Svatopluk Strava Auto Xaver, the Czech owner of the bus, has refused to repaint the bus, saying he cannot afford to have it newly painted.

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Banner at Polish march: “We demand the immediate liquidation of masonic Jewish life in Poland. It threatens Poles.”

A banner at a march of the Polish Law and Justice Party, which enjoys a majority in both houses of the Polish parliament, read: “We demand the immediate liquidation of masonic Jewish life in Poland. It threatens Poles.”

Polish website Polityka noted that the banner was not commented on by the Polish media reporting on the march, but caused an uproar when posted on Facebook.

In a letter to the editor of the Polish Gazette, Michal Sobelman of the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw wrote: “Surely you will agree with me that they [the marchers] are a greater threat to the good name of Poland in the world than the handful of Jews who still remain here.”

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Polish politician claims protests against constitutional court reform funded by “a Jewish banker”

Far-right Polish politician Paweł Kukiz has claimed that “a Jewish banker” is funding demonstrations in twenty cities organised by the newly-created Committee for the Defence of Democracy. The demonstrations opposed a law rushed through after Polish elections in October that paved the way for the appointment of five new judges to the Constitutional Tribunal.

Kukiz told Zet Radio: “Apparently the march was financed somehow from the outside. PLN150 million [$38 million] are to be given by the Jews, the Jewish banker, in organisation of the march.”

The Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland said the remark that the demonstrations were funded by “a Jewish banker” required a “firm reaction” from President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Beata Szydło, saying: “For the first time since [Poland’s] democratic elections in 1989, a politician in parliament, who has run for the presidency, has used such obvious antisemitic rhetoric.”

The conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) party, which won the October general election,
has been accused of undermining the independence of Poland’s judiciary. Although Kukiz’s anti-establishment Kukiz’15 grouping was formed in July and came third in the parliamentary election, it is broadly aligned on some issues with the Law and Justice party.

Sources: Radio Poland and JTA

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Jewish cemetery daubed with Islamist graffiti in Polish town where Jews were wiped out

Vandals in Sochaczew, Poland desecrated a Jewish cemetery last Sunday night, daubing the prayer room with graffiti saying “F*** Jews,” “[The] Holocaust never happened,” “Islam will dominate” and “Islamic State was here.” A Star of David was depicted hanging from a noose.

The Jewish cemetery is located next to graves for Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and Muslims. The entire Jewish population of the town was wiped out by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Director of the Museum of Sochaczew and Battlefield on Bzura, Paul Rozdżestwieński, said in a statement: “As museum professionals and at the same time residents of Sochaczew, we are ashamed of such behaviour and we would like to ask all residents to help organise the restoration of the dignified appearance of Sochaczew cemetery.”

Source: CFCA/Na Temat

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Polish Jewish cemetery daubed with antisemitic graffiti

The wall of a Jewish cemetery in Tarnów, Poland has been sprayed with nationalist and antisemitic graffiti. Local police are investigating.

Source: CFCA/Radio Kraków

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Warsaw Ghetto memorial plaque defaced with swastika

A memorial plaque demarcating one edge of the Warsaw Ghetto has been defaced with a swastika. The plaque must now be dismantled and taken to a specialist paint removal laboratory. The plaque was erected in 2008 and is dedicated to the “memory of those who suffered, fought and died.”

Source: CFCA/TVN Warszawa

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Graffiti in Lublin appears to accuse Jews of repressing free speech

Graffiti of a crossed out Star of David has been found along with the words “Stop repressing opinions” near a bus stop on the Way of the Martyrs of Majdanek in Lublin, Poland. Majdanek was a notorious concentration camp on the outskirts of Lublin.

Campaigning group HejtStop asked the Board of Roads and Bridges to remove the graffiti. Karol Kieliszek from Lublin City Hall has said that it will be removed this week.

Source: CFCA/Kurier Lubelski

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Polish crowd cheers as effigies of Jews are burned in front of City Hall, police take no action

A crowd of protesters in Wroclaw, Poland, have burned effigies of Jews holding EU flags. The act was committed outside City Hall and though police were present, no action was taken and no complaints have been filed. The protesters were part of a larger demonstration against immigration, particularly from Syria.

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Polish Third Way group paints crime scene outline of Jews on ground and marches over them

A Polish far-right group has held a demonstration in Krakow, during which crime scene outlines were drawn on the ground with a Star of David drawn on as well as pools of red paint to represent blood. The demonstrators then marched and stamped over the figures. Local police are investigating.

Photo: Wyborcza

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Restaurant defaced with swastika and Star of David on Polish Independence Day

A restaurant in the Polish city of Gdansk has been defaced with a swastika and Star of David on Polish Independence Day. The incident is the second at the same restaurant in two weeks. Far-right groups are suspected.

Photo: Wyborcza

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Polish politician made defence minister despite claiming “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” has merit

The Polish government has promoted Antoni Macierewicz to the post of Minister of Defence despite his claim that the infamous antisemitic forgery “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” has merit.

During a call-in show in 2002 on Radio Maryja, an antisemitic radio network, a caller asked for Macierewicz’s thoughts about the Protocols, the document circulated by the Tsarist secret police that claim there is an international Jewish conspiracy to control the world.

Macierewicz replied that he had found the Protocols “interesting” and, while acknowledging the uncertainty about its authenticity, he added: “Experience shows that there are such groups in Jewish circles.”

Macierewicz is known for his support of conspiracy theories. In 2006, he claimed six Polish foreign ministers were Soviet agents, including two Jews and a World War II Polish Underground hero. He has often propounded a theory that Russia, Germany and members of the rival Polish Civic Platform Party conspired to cause the 2010 plane crash that killed prominent Law and Justice party members including President Lech Kaczynski. Polish and Russian government investigations blame pilot error for the crash.

An Anti-Defamation League study conducted this year suggests that Poland has one of the highest levels of antisemitism in Europe, with 37 per cent of Poles holding antisemitic views.

Source: Guardian

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Graves of prominent local architect and others vandalised at Polish Jewish cemetery

Nine graves at the Jewish cemetery in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, have been desecrated by vandals who toppled nine headstones. The graves targeted included that of prominent local architect Karol Korn, who was responsible for the design of many of Bielsko-Biala’s prominent buildings. His grave had been recently rebuilt in 2009, after the Nazis stole the original headstone during the Second World War.

Photo: TVP Katowice

Source: CFCA/Forum Żydów Polskich

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Swastikas daubed on Israeli film set in Poland

A film set in Łódź, Poland has been defaced with swastikas. An Israeli film crew came to shoot a new drama, however they arrived to find the set daubed with swastikas. Polish police have assigned the Israeli actors bodyguards.

Photo: Ha’aretz

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Polish councillor suggests naming road to incinerator after Auschwitz

Councillor Janusz Kapuscinski contributed a joke to a discussion about naming a road to a waste incinerator, suggesting that it be named after Oświęcim, the town where Auschwitz was built. The disgusting joke reportedly met with laughter and approval.