WJC President Lauder decries deterioration in ties between Poland and Israel

February 20, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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World Jewish Congress  President Ronald S. Lauder commented on the rift between Israel and Poland. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki cancelled Poland’s participation in the Visegrad group summit over the latest round in the ongoing controversy regarding the extent to which individual Poles played a role in the Holocaust.

“As someone who has been deeply engaged in promoting Polish-Jewish understanding for over three decades, I can only decry the deterioration in relations between Israel and Poland. It is unfortunate for both Jews and Poles that obnoxious and offensive stereotypes that have caused so much pain and suffering on both sides over the years continue to circulate,” Lauder said.

“Such language should have no place in civilized discourse. How sad to think that decades of cooperation and goodwill are now in jeopardy. Let us all work together to overcome this crisis, which has been a victory for the forces of intolerance and narrow-mindedness—and a terrible stain on the societies of both peoples,” he said.

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One Response to “WJC President Lauder decries deterioration in ties between Poland and Israel”
  1. Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone says:

    The minimizing of the role played by tens of thousands of individual Poles in the rape torture and murder of Jews during the Holocaust is a common feature of contemporary life in Poland.
    In many quarterJews are blamed for Polands woes.
    The Polish government needs to address their national culpability with courage intense remorse, conviction and action.

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