Senate Poland passes controversial Holocaust bill

Poland’s Senate has approved a contentious bill that criminalises acts blaming Poland or its citizens for complicity in Nazi war crimes, drawing strong rebuke from its allies and Jewish organisations.
The legislation, which seeks to punish individuals who publicly describes Nazi Germany concentration camps as “Polish death camps”, passed overwhelmingly early on Thursday, and is now awaiting the signature of President Andrzej Duda.
Poland’s state news agency PAP reported that 57 senators voted for the bill, while 23 voted against with two abstentions.
If signed into law, the legislation sets fines or a maximum three years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of violating it.
The office of Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had earlier said it was forming a team “to continue historical dialogue” with Israel.
Morawiecki also said Netanyahu had agreed during a phone call “that the ‘Polish death camps’ phrase was harmful and inappropriate”.
Meanwhile, Radio Poland reported that Israeli diplomats and officials “were well familiar with the Polish government’s proposal and that their initial remarks were taken into account”.

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