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Israeli youth wrapped in flag
Honoring the memory of the Holocaust victims is not as important as the Israelis' need to talk on cellular phones, apparently. The management of the Auschwitz Museum has filed a complaint with the Israeli Embassy in Poland and the Israeli Ministry of Education condemning the behavior of Israelis visiting the camp. One of the transgressions listed is that Israelis talk on their cellular phones, even inside the gas chambers.
The management asked the ministry to ensure members of the groups respect basic behavioral norms at the site, such as not lighting candles in the barracks, from fear of fire, not using loudspeakers and cellular phones and maintaining appropriate conduct inside the gas chambers.
Israeli visitors talk on their cellular phones despite unequivocal requests not to. They talk even inside the gas chambers, dishonoring the place, the museum said.
Polish officials have also complained about the Israeli youth who walk in the streets wrapped in Israeli flags.
Additionally, the organizers of the March of the Living have said that they are considering not inviting groups of Israeli teenagers to the marches in Auschwitz and Krakow due to the heavy security arrangements they required. The Israeli groups arrive in Poland and travel arround accompanied by armed Shin Bet security guards.
The museum's appeal closely connects to other uncomplimentary publications in the Polish media about the improper behavior of Israeli youth who come to the March of the Living every year.
According to a recent Yedioth Ahronoth story, an important Polish publication revealed several incidents of Israeli youngsters behaving wildly in Polish hotels, causing damage to property and misbehaving on flights of the Polish airline.