'Outrageous': Netanyahu Slams Polish Prime Minister's Claim Jews Helped Perpetrate the Holocaust

Israel criticises Polish PM for Second World War 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

'Jewish perpetrators' of Holocaust remark by Polish PM sparks outrage in Israel

Mateusz Morawiecki said Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, condemned the comment as "outrageous" and criticised Mr Morawiecki's "inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people".

The Polish embassy in Tel Aviv was vandalized on Sunday morning with deformed swastikas and anti-Polish slurs. They have launched an investigation.

According to figures from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Nazis, who invaded Poland in 1939, also killed at least 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish civilians. He suggested to Morawiecki that he would be branded a criminal in Poland for telling the story. "What is the objective, what is the message that you want to convey to the world?" he asked, garnering a round of applause.

"Attempts to equate the crimes of Nazi German perpetrators with the actions of their victims - Jewish, Polish, Romani among others - who struggled for survival should be met with resolute, outright condemnation", the government's statement also said. The law reflects the current Polish government's approach to World War II history, which focuses on Poland's suffering and heroism.

His statements, it said, "were by no means intended to deny the Holocaust, or charge the Jewish victims of the Holocaust with responsibility for what was a Nazi German perpetrated genocide".

The Israeli lawmaker's indignation was shared by Pinchas Goldschmidt, spiritual leader of the Moscow Choral Synagogue and head of the rabbinical court in the Commonwealth of Independent States, who told RT that the Polish prime minister's remarks were "words which undermine".

The law sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone ascribing "responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich".

Israeli Labor Party lawmaker Itzik Shmuly, who is pushing for a counter bill in the Israeli parliament to criminalize the denial of Nazi collaboration, quipped on Twitter that "the next step of Morawiecki's pathetic project to erase the crimes of the Polish people is probably going to be blaming the Jews for their own Holocaust and presenting the Nazis as victims of the circumstances".

AJC opened its Central Europe Office in Warsaw last March, reflecting decades of engagement with Poland and a unique role in seeking to write a promising new chapter in Polish-Jewish relations.

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Jews from across the continent were sent to be killed at death camps built by Germans in occupied Poland, such as Auschwitz and Treblinka.

Morawiecki attracted more criticism Saturday after visiting the Munich grave site of members of the Holy Cross Mountains Brigade, a Polish paramilitary group which collaborated with the Gestapo during the Second World War in fighting communist Polish and Soviet partisans before fleeing to Czechoslovakia and further west at the end of the war.

"It should be remembered that according to the most conservative estimate 200,000 Jews in Poland were murdered by Poles", she tweeted, adding that "the crisis with Poland is only getting worse and there is no room here for compromises".

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