Polish Prime Minister says his country won’t participate in V4 summit in Israel this week, as diplomatic crisis worsens.

Poland has pulled out of this week’s Visegrad Group (V4) summit in Jerusalem, as diplomatic tensions between Israel and Poland continue to worsen.

On Monday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that his country would not send a delegation to the V4 summit in Jerusalem, in protest of comments by Israel’s newly appointed Foreign Minister on anti-Semitism in Poland.

“The words of the Israeli foreign minister are racist and unacceptable,” said Morawiecki on Monday. “It is clear that our foreign minister Czaputowicz will not be travelling to the summit.”

Prime Minister Morawiecki had originally been slated to attend the V4, which opens this Tuesday, but cancelled his appearance over the weekend following a diplomatic row with Israel over his country’s Holocaust censorship law. On Sunday Poland said the country’s foreign minister would be taking Morawiecki’s place.

The spat began last Thursday after Israeli Premier Binyamin Netanyahu flouted Poland’s controversial Holocaust censorship law during the Warsaw Conference.

The law, which was passed last year, prohibits use of the term “Polish death camps”, and bars discussion of collaboration by Poles with the Nazi occupation force in Poland during World War II. Violators could be punished by up to three years in prison. The law drew international criticism, with critics calling the law an attempt to whitewash history.

Netanyahu publicly defied the law during his trip last week, noting that some Poles did collaborate with the German occupation force.

“Poles collaborated with the Nazis,” said Netanyahu in Warsaw Thursday. “See, I’m saying it. It is a fact. And I don’t know a single person who was ever sued because of it.”

A7 (Israeli) News


Konstantin (aka Leon Brookhill) was born in Moscow's Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. He was recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army started up as Soviet blogger 'Maaxmann', later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the 'High Life'. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung...later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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