Israeli man apologizes for spitting at Polish ambassador

May 16, 2019 by JNS
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An Israeli man has apologized for spitting at Polish Ambassador to Israel Marek Magierowski.

Polish Ambassador to Israel Marek Magierowski. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

“I would like to express my apologies,” said Arik Lederman, who was arrested for spitting at the ambassador, in a statement. “My family experienced the Holocaust, and my appeal to the embassy was on the matter of restitution of property.”

Lederman accused a security guard at the Polish embassy for calling him a zhid, a disparaging label for a Jew, causing his eruption. He has requested to apologize to the ambassador in person, adding that he didn’t know the person he spat at was him.

“I hope that with this, the incident will come to an end and will be kept in proportion,” he said.

“We received a report of an incident involving the Polish ambassador in Israel on Tuesday. A suspect approached the ambassador when he was sitting in his car and spat at him,” said the Israeli Police spokesperson’s unit in a statement. “Police forces arrived at the scene and began searching for the suspect, who was arrested in the area. The suspect is a 65-years-old man from Herzliya, he was arrested and will appear before the court in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.”

“I am very worried to hear of a racist attack on @PLinIsrael ambassador @mmagierowski. Poland strongly condemns this xenophobic act of aggression. Violence against diplomats or any other citizens should never be tolerated,” tweeted Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

“Israel expresses its full sympathy with the Polish ambassador and shock at the attack. Israeli police are currently investigating. We will update our Polish friends. This is a top priority for us, as we are fully committed to diplomats’ safety and security,” tweeted Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon directly in response to Morawiecki’s post.

“Violence against a diplomat is totally unacceptable. The assault on Ambassador Magierowski is outrageous, but must not be allowed to inflame the bilateral relationship,” said AJC CEO David Harris. “Continued dialogue between Israeli and Polish leaders is key to addressing any and all disagreements, and reinforcing the longstanding, strong and mutually beneficial Israel-Poland relationship.”

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One Response to “Israeli man apologizes for spitting at Polish ambassador”
  1. Justin Cane says:

    If the word used was zyd which you phonetically spelt as zhid, it it LITERALLY means Jew in Polish, is on the dictionary and legal term same as katolik means somebody who is of the Catholic faith. There are insulting antisemitic or academic words you could use instead but zyd just means Jew just like Pole means some who is Polish. For instance zydowskie means Jewish. ‘Israel jest panstwem zydowskim’ means Israel is a Jewish state and the Israeli ambassador would take no offense at that, same is he was asked if he a zyd himself. PS there is no such word as zhid in Polish, as a derogatory or other term.

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