Poland summons Israeli embassy charge d´affaires over controversial law

 Poland announced on Sunday that it had summoned the charge d'affaires of the Israeli embassy after calling the Jewish state "immoral" a new Polish law that experts say could hinder compensation claims over World War II.

Deputy Foreign Minister Paul Jablonski said Warsaw would like to set the record straight on the legislation passed by the Polish parliament on Thursday.

Jablonsky told the public channel TPV about the meeting scheduled for Monday that the charge d'affaires of the Israeli embassy, ​​Tal Ben Ari Ya'alon, "has been summoned... and we will explain to her in a decisive and realistic manner the content of (the law)".

"We believe that what we are unfortunately dealing with is a situation that some Israeli politicians are exploiting for internal political purposes," he added.

"This immoral law will seriously affect the relations between our two countries," the Israeli embassy in Warsaw wrote on Twitter Thursday.

It added that it would "virtually prevent requests for the return of Jewish property or compensation for Holocaust survivors and their descendants, as well as for the Jewish community that for centuries called Poland its home."

The drafters of the new legislation consider it necessary to align the law with a 2015 ruling by the Constitutional Court that stipulated that there should be a deadline after which administrative decisions could not be appealed.
The law sets the deadline between 10 to 30 years, depending on the case.

The Polish Foreign Ministry said Friday that the adoption of a time limit "will lead to the elimination of fraud and irregularities that have occurred on a large scale."
She stressed that "the new regulations do not restrict in any way the possibility of filing civil lawsuits to claim compensation, regardless of the plaintiff's nationality or origins."

And she added, "Poland is in no way responsible for the Holocaust, a terrible act committed by the German occupier that also involved Polish-Jewish citizens."

Six million Poles, half of them Jews, were killed during Nazi Germany's occupation of Poland between 1939 and 1945 during World War II.



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