Polish Israelis slam halt of restitution plans

AP News
Posted: Mar 28, 2011 10:19 AM
Polish Israelis slam halt of restitution plans

An association of Israelis of Polish descent has slammed Warsaw's decision to suspend plans to offer compensation for property seized during the Nazi and communist eras.

The association head, Lili Haber, says the decision is "unacceptable" and an insult to Holocaust survivors.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk last week suspended work on a law that would have given some compensation to former owners of lost property. Tusk cited the current economic crisis.

Haber on Monday called on Tusk to reverse his decision and correct the "dispossession of the Jewish people on Polish soil."

Poland says only about 15 percent of the property once belonged to Jews. The issue is straining relations between Jewish groups and Poland, which was home to 3.5 million Jews before Word War II.