Minority groups in Poland decry aggression, anti-Semitism

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Posted: Feb 04, 2018 2:03 PM
Minority groups in Poland decry aggression, anti-Semitism

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Minority group representatives in Poland have written to the president to express concern about what they see as a rising wave of aggression based on nationality, race and religion.

The leaders of Ukrainian, Tartar, Jewish and other groups said in a letter published by the Polish Press Agency late Saturday they especially oppose recent "numerous and loud manifestations of anti-Semitism."

They attributed the voicing of anti-Semitic remarks to lawmakers' passage of legislation seeking to outlaw statements blaming Poles as a nation for World War II crimes committed by Nazi Germany.

Israel and international Jewish organizations have strongly criticized the proposal.

The opposition sparked anti-Semitic comments on social media in Poland. Members of the ruling Law and Justice party, including deputy parliament speaker Beata Mazurek, retweeted some of the comments.

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The minority group leaders called on President Andrzej Duda, lawmakers and the government to "counteract all forms of xenophobia, intolerance and anti-Semitism."

Duda has less than three weeks to sign into law or reject the Holocaust speech bill.