Sever Plocker
Sever Plocker
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Anti-Semitic demonstration in Poland on Thursday

Poland is the land of anti-Semitism

Opinion: During a 4-hour rally last week, where Nazi-style speeches warned of Jews overtaking Poland and crowds chanted 'death to Jews', police and officials stood by doing nothing, with Polish leader tweeting condemnation 3 days later

Sever Plocker |
Published: 11.19.21, 23:13
Anti-Semitism and hatred of the Jews in Poland is thriving despite the country having a Jewish population of only a few thousand.
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  • This growing hatred has culminated last week when far-right nationalist and anti-Semitic groups converged in the city of Kalisz for a mass rally marking Polish independence.
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    מפגן אנטישמי בפולין: שרפו כתב זכויות היסטורי ליהודים
    מפגן אנטישמי בפולין: שרפו כתב זכויות היסטורי ליהודים
    Anti-Semitic demonstration in Poland on Thursday
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    Kalisz is known for a historic charter known as the Statute of Kalisz, issued by Boleslaus the Pious in 1264, granting Jews protection and equal rights.
    During the rally, the anti-Semitic protesters tore up that charter in their exhibition of hate.
    One after the other, Nazi-like speeches were made by hysterical speakers who accused Poland's ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party, of being the Jewish interest faction, warning that the Jews are taking over the country and demanding their expulsion.
    "We will not be the slaves of LGBTQ and the Zionists," they said as the crowd chanted "death to Jews."
    All the while police forces stood by listening and doing nothing. Municipal officials were also unresponsive during the four-hour event.
    Only after videos appeared on social media platforms, causing outrage in the media, did they claim that the death chants were protected by freedom of speech.
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    מפגן אנטישמי בפולין: שרפו כתב זכויות היסטורי ליהודים
    מפגן אנטישמי בפולין: שרפו כתב זכויות היסטורי ליהודים
    Anti-Semitic demonstration in Poland on Thursday
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    Two demonstrators were eventually fined the equivalent of NIS120 ($39) and just one woman stood in protest of the rally carrying an anti-fascism sign.
    Although the event drew condemnation from many in Poland, Law and Order Party founder Jarosław Kaczyński said nothing. Polish President Andrzej Duda posted a condemnation on Twitter - three days later.
    Many party supporters share the views of the demonstrators in that rally and the government's lax enforcement of laws against anti-Semitism, as well as the forgiving attitude of the Polish courts toward such offenses, has allowed anti-Jewish sentiments to thrive.
    Daily papers spout anti-Semitic propaganda on a regular basis and similar rallies to the one in Kalisz take place all the time, just away from the media's eyes.
    The hatred of Jews in Poland is thriving, despite Holocaust survivors having fled its borders post-1945, and its current minuscule Jewish population.
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