Polish officials seek Israeli apology for ‘racist’ remarks

Published February 19, 2019, 7:25 PM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

By Agence France-Presse

Senior Polish officials on Tuesday demanded Israel apologize for comments on the alleged anti-Semitism of Poles in a row which led Warsaw to pull out of a Jerusalem summit.

In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 photo Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, attend a meeting in Warsaw, Poland. Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister Israel Katz said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers' milk". (AP Photo / Michael Sohn / MANILA BULLETIN)
In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 photo Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, attend a meeting in Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo / Michael Sohn / MANILA BULLETIN)

Israeli authorities must “reject this declaration… and apologize”, Junior Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski said.

He was referring to Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz’s comments at the weekend that “Poles suckle anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk”.

Katz also said “there were many Poles who collaborated with the Nazis.”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki withdrew from a summit of central European nations in Jerusalem this week after the latest salvo in a long row between Poland and Israel over history.

Morawiecki’s chief of staff Marek Suski said if no apology was forthcoming “relations will really take a frosty turn”.

The Polish premier on Monday described the comments as “racist and unacceptable”, adding that Katz was “trying to insult the Poles by distorting history”.

 
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