USA 'disappointed' after Polish president signs controversial Holocaust law

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Duda also said he will ask the Constitutional Tribunal for clarifications about the bill.

Poland's president signed legislation Tuesday that imposes prison terms of up to three years for falsely and intentionally attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany to Poland.

The law has created a diplomatic crisis between Poland and Israel, which strongly opposes the legislation as an attempt to whitewash the complicity of some Poles in the Holocaust. "The death camps in Poland were built and operated by the Germans, and we can not allow them to evade responsibility for these actions", Israel's Bennett said.

The Polish government says it aims to stop the Polish nation or state being blamed for the atrocities.

Poland's government has argued that it is fighting against the use of phrases like "Polish death camps" to refer to the camps Nazi Germany operated on Polish soil.

Czaputowicz said Monday that even if Duda does so, Poland would still be willing to back a joint declaration with Israel clarifying its scope or to amend it.

While Duda said he would sign the bill, it was unclear when he is planning to do so and when it will become enshrined in law.

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Beata Mazurek, the spokeswoman for the conservative Law and Justice and a deputy parliament speaker, tweeted a quote by a Catholic priest who had said that the Israeli ambassador's criticism of the bill "made it hard for me to look at Jews with sympathy and kindness". "The United States reaffirms that terms like "Polish death camps" are painful and misleading".

He says that while Poles who helped save Jews during the Holocaust should be recognized, Poland should also acknowledge that many Poles were complicit in aiding the Nazis. Polish people don't bear responsibility for the Holocaust, as such.

"Although he said, "We do not deny that there were cases of huge wickedness", especially regarding the denunciation of Jews by Polish citizens", he was emphatic in stating: "No, there was no systematic way in which Poles took part" in the Holocaust.

"No legislation will change the past", Bennett said.

"The issue is the legitimate and essential freedom to talk about the involvement of Poles in the murder of Jews without fear or threat of penalization", he said.

Earlier on Monday, Naftali Bennett said he would travel to Poland to discuss the bill, which Israeli officials have said amounts to Holocaust denial.

Moreover, whilst the concentration camps were the site where Jewish people were killed in the millions, the murdering of Poles of Christian and other denominations (numbering in the hundreds of thousands) should not be discounted or forgotten. But research published since the fall of communism in 1989 showed that thousands also killed Jews or denounced those who hid them to the Nazi occupiers, challenging the national narrative that Poland was exclusively a victim.

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