Jewish community urges Poland’s most powerful politician, Kaczynski, to denounce anti-Semitism

Posted by DanielS on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 22:03.

ABC, “Jews ask Poland’s leader to denounce rising anti-Semitism”, 10 Aug 2017:

FILE - This file photo taken April 29, 2017 shows members of the far-right group, the National-Radical Camp, marking the 83rd anniversary of their organization, in Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw’s Jewish community urged the country’s most powerful politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, to denounce growing anti-Semitism, while other organizations on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 warned they witness a rise of extreme right-wing violence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

The leaders of Poland’s Jewish community have written to the country’s most powerful politician, urging him to denounce what they say is rising anti-Semitism that has left them fearing for their future in the country.

The letter, a rare voicing of concern, comes nearly two years after the election of Law and Justice, a deeply conservative, nationalistic and anti-migrant party that is backed by some groups with anti-Semitic views. Observers including the country’s human rights commissioner have noted a rise in anti-Semitism and other hate speech and as well as attacks on dark-skinned people since the party came to power.

“We are appalled by recent events and fearful for our security as the situation in our country is becoming more dangerous,” Leslaw Piszewski, the head of the Jewish community in Poland, and Anna Chipczynska, the head of the Warsaw community, wrote in the letter.

Chipczynska told The Associated Press on Thursday that the community sent the letter last week to Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the ruling party leader, but so far had no reply. The AP made several attempts to reach the party spokeswoman but all calls went unanswered.

The letter says there has been a “rise of anti-Semitic attitudes in recent months, accompanied by aggressive hate speech and violent behavior that are directed towards our community” and asked Kaczynski to decisively condemn the anti-Semitism.

Among examples it mentions the increasingly visible presence, even at state events, of members of an extremist right-wing group, the National Radical Camp, and an attack last week on a visiting Israeli soccer team.

It also cited a recent comment by a lawmaker from Law and Justice, Bogdan Rzonca, who said on Twitter earlier this month that he wondered “why there are so many Jews among abortionists despite the Holocaust.”

Another incident that raised the community’s concern was when a journalist for state television TVP, Magdalena Ogorek, highlighted the Jewish ancestry of a senator, Marek Borowski, when criticizing his politics. The incident sparked a wave of critical comments, and the head of TVP demanded an explanation from Ogorek.

Some Polish observers have said the climate evokes the mood in the country in 1968, when the communist regime waged an anti-Semitic campaign against Jews that culminated in thousands being expelled from the country.

“We are afraid for our security and our future in Poland,” the Jewish leaders wrote to Kaczynski. “We do not want a return to the year 1968.”

Poland’s Jewish community was the largest in Europe before the Holocaust, with some 3.3 million people. Today’s community is much smaller but had been growing amid a new tolerance that came with the collapse of communism in 1989.



Comments:


1

Posted by Jewry alarmed by 'rise' in Polish anti-Semitism on Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:41 | #

WIN, “European Jews sound alarm over ‘dramatic rise’ of Polish anti-Semitism”, 3 Sept 2017:

       

The European Jewish Congress expressed “its grave concerns” about the rise of anti-Semitism in Poland and the deteriorating relationship between the Polish government and the local Jewish community.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) on Thursday expressed “its grave concerns” over the rise of anti-Semitism in the country and the deteriorating relationship between the Polish government and the Jewish community there.

“We have seen a dramatic rise in recent anti-Semitic incidents in Poland, which appear to have coincided with the Polish government closing its communications with the official representatives of the Jewish community,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, stated.

While other countries across Europe consult with the local Jewish leaders and seek their counsel and coordinate a response to anti-Semitism, “Poland stands out as an example of a leadership which appears to have little interest in opening a dialogue with the Jewish community,” Kantor added.

For around a year, no senior Polish government minister has met with the leadership of Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, the representative organization of Poland’s 10,000 Jews.

The EJC pointed to recent incidents that indicate a rise in anti-Semitism, which appear “to have permeated many layers of Polish society.” These incidents include a public debate during which Polish Television journalist Magdalena Ogórek pointed to the Jewish roots of the ancestors of Senator Marek Borowski; the regular display at state ceremonies of the fascist slogans and flags of the anti-Semitic Falanga National Radical Camp; and member of parliament Bogdan Rzońca from Prawo i Sprawiedliwość writing on social media, “I wonder why, despite the Holocaust, there are so many abortionists among Jews.”

“We hope the Polish leadership will restart engagement with the Jewish community and condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms,” Dr. Kantor said. “There has been a distinct normalization of anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia in Poland recently and we hope that the Polish government will stem this hate and act forcefully against it.”

The University of Warsaw’s Center for Research on Prejudice publicized research last week which found that acceptance for anti-Semitic hate speech among Poles has risen in recent years.

The number of surveyed Poles who declared positive attitudes towards Jews dropped from 28 percent in 2015 to 23 percent in 2016.

The study found that 37 percent of those surveyed voiced negative attitudes towards Jews in 2016 compared to 32 percent the previous year.

Fifty-six percent said they would not accept a Jewish person in their family, an increase of nearly 10 percent compared to 2014.

Nearly a third said they did not want Jewish neighbors, compared to 27 percent in 2014.

Around 11 percent of adults and 24 percent of younger Poles admitted to making occasional anti-Semitic remarks.

The study was based on a sample of 1,000 adults and 700 youths.

By: World Israel News Staff



Post a comment:


Name: (required)

Email: (required but not displayed)

URL: (optional)

Note: You should copy your comment to the clipboard or paste it somewhere before submitting it, so that it will not be lost if the session times out.

Remember me


Next entry: Eighteen Convicted in Mostly Muslim Rape Gang, Police Paid Child Rapist Informant £10k
Previous entry: James Damore, an idiot with a “definition” of left / right to serve Jewish & Right Wing interests

image of the day

Existential Issues

DNA Nations

Establishment Problem

Categories

Links

Endorsement not implied.

Immigration

Islamist Threat

Anti-white Media Networks

Audio/Video

Crime

Economics

Education

General

Historical Re-Evaluation

Controlled Opposition

Nationalist Political Parties

Science

Europeans in Africa

Of Note

Comments

mancinblack commented in entry 'Full speech of V. Orbán: Will Europe belong to Europeans?' on Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:49. (View)

Black Pigeon Speaks (((unmasked))) commented in entry 'Angela Nagle: they think voluntary outbreeding is genocide. Cultural Marxism, Jewish porn! lol.' on Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:26. (View)

The bling shall inherit commented in entry 'black hyper-assertiveness' on Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:41. (View)

M Taylor commented in entry 'Alt Right Jews' on Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:12. (View)

Rights without a state: Spencer's free speech, UF commented in entry 'Hannah Arendt: Far From Innocent' on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:08. (View)

Heidegger and Descartes commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:35. (View)

The Sackler's commented in entry 'Big Pharma Pushes Opioid Epidemic on West Virginia, the Poorest and Whitest part of America' on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:35. (View)

Taintng Iranian Renaissance with "Alt-Rght" commented in entry 'Why I Left the Alt-Right by Jason Reza Jorjani' on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:10. (View)

New Republic asks about role of White women in WN commented in entry 'Dark Side of Self Actualization & Incommensurate GenderAgendas' on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:44. (View)

Jewish family making billions from opioid crisis commented in entry 'Big Pharma Pushes Opioid Epidemic on West Virginia, the Poorest and Whitest part of America' on Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:09. (View)

Catalan secessionist leaders jailed commented in entry 'Catalan referendum, explained: What's behind the push to break from Spain?' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:07. (View)

Jordan Peterson on hygienic aspect of racism commented in entry ''White privilege' as a warrant for expropriation; Christianity as the executing jurisdiction.' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:33. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:53. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:20. (View)

Captainchaos commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:01. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:56. (View)

(((Trump admin))) liking objectivism for the Fed commented in entry 'Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Libertarianism and the “Alt-Right” (PFS 2017)' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:46. (View)

Captainchaos commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:30. (View)

mancinblack commented in entry 'Full speech of V. Orbán: Will Europe belong to Europeans?' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:28. (View)

Kurdish PKK at war with Iraq commented in entry 'Kurdish Female Sniper Dodges Headshot; laughs it off' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:16. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Worst mass shooting in US history as gunman opens fire from above killing 50+ Vegas concert goers' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:59. (View)

Support for those going to Court commented in entry 'Jez Turner - Honour our Heroes' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:49. (View)

Swarm at Hungarian border fence commented in entry 'Full speech of V. Orbán: Will Europe belong to Europeans?' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:26. (View)

thought captors kidding that Trump is president commented in entry 'US opens first permanent military base in Israel' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:19. (View)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn commented in entry 'Solzhenitsyn’s 200 Years Together: Russia & the Jews - Obstructions Continue' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:55. (View)

(((LaurenSouthern))) antiracist anarcholibertarian commented in entry 'Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Libertarianism and the “Alt-Right” (PFS 2017)' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:46. (View)

Orbán maintains a link with Hungarian diaspora commented in entry 'Full speech of V. Orbán: Will Europe belong to Europeans?' on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:47. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:14. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:03. (View)

Guessedworker commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:37. (View)

Guessedworker commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:33. (View)

Guessedworker commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:01. (View)

Captainchaos commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:16. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Pragmatism as ethnonationalism's tool against radical skepticism' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:55. (View)

National-Satanist commented in entry 'Angela Nagle: they think voluntary outbreeding is genocide. Cultural Marxism, Jewish porn! lol.' on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:40. (View)

affection-tone