Polish people protest against Holocaust property claims

Poland to leave Israel envoy position vacant as ties grow tepid

Polish Foreign Ministry says has no plans to propose a new person for ambassador position in Tel Aviv following spat over Warsaw adopting bill banning claims for restitution of some seized property, including Holocaust victims

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Published: 11.25.21, 23:59
Poland's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the European Union nation will have no ambassador in Israel for the time being, bringing the mission level down to that of Israel's mission in Poland.
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  • The traditionally sensitive bilateral relations soured in the summer after Poland adopted legislation seen as banning claims for restitution of some seized property, including that of Holocaust victims. Israel protested.
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    Polish people protest against Holocaust property claims
    Polish people protest against Holocaust property claims
    Polish people protest against Holocaust property claims
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    The ministry decided then that Poland's ambassador, Marek Magierowski, was not to return to his Tel Aviv post after vacation. He has since been appointed to Washington.
    Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina told The Associated Press that "there are no plans at the moment to propose a new person for the position of ambassador" in Tel Aviv.
    Israel's mission to Poland is only at the charge d'affaires level, following earlier tensions, but the diplomat, Tal Ben-Ari Yaalon, was recalled to Israel during the summer spat. She is expected to return to Warsaw.
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    A person is waving the Polish flag during a protest
    A person is waving the Polish flag during a protest
    A person is waving the Polish flag during a protest
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    Bilateral relations, going back to 1948, were reestablished in 1990 — following the communist era — and have gone through various phases, recently souring after Poland adopted an administrative law setting a deadline on claims for restitution of seized real estate.
    The two countries also found themselves at loggerheads in 2018 after Warsaw adopted legislation that prescribes prison time for defaming the Polish nation by using phrases such as "Polish death camps" to refer to the killing sites Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II.
    Jerusalem rebuked the bill, which it claims is meant to whitewash the role of some Pols in the exterminations of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
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