The Polish government is facing some blowback from the U.S. State Department after attempting to draft a law that would make any suggestion of Poland having any culpability for crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany in World War II. According to Ha'aretz, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is "concerned about the repercussion on Poland's relations with the United States and Israel if the draft becomes law. We are concerned, however, that if enacted this draft legislation could undermine free speech and academic discourse. We all must be careful not to inhibit discussion and commentary on the Holocaust. We believe open debate, scholarship, and education are the best means of countering inaccurate and hurtful speech."
"We encourage Poland to re-evaluate the legislation in light of its potential impact on the principle of free speech and on our ability to be effective partners," Nauert said. Ironic considering certain states <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/10255-Texas-Hurricane-Victims-Must-Support-Israel-to-Receive-Aid">withhold aid and relief to anyone who is not willing to pledge they will never boycott</a>, speak out or demonstrate actively against Israel or Zionist government in general not to mention <a href="https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/anti-semitism-law-stops-valid-criticism-of-israel-1.225281">"anti-semitism" laws that would ban criticism of Israel</a> resulting in a chilling effect on free speech.
The Polish government claims they are merely attempting to protect the Polish people from accusations that they were at fault for Nazi war crimes. If the law passes the upper house of parliament the use of phrases like "Polish death camps" could result in up to three years prison time. Israel's Prime Minister <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/israel-poland-holocaust-deny-death-concentration-camps-death-toll-gas-chambers-a8182186.html">Benjamin Netanyahu also censured the Polish government</a> for the bill which is expected to pass the Senate as well saying he has “no tolerance for the distortion of truth, the rewriting of history and the denial of the Holocaust.” UK's The Independent points out that some Poles did collaborate with the Nazis, there is no mention of how <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/museums/10682975/The-Jews-who-fought-for-Hitler-We-did-not-help-the-Germans.-We-had-a-common-enemy.html">Jewish Nazi collaborators</a> were not at all uncommon either.
As we have mentioned <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/17232-Controversial-Polish-Death-Camp-Bill-Approved-By-Senate-As-Israel-Objects">previously in The Goldwater,</a> the bill was authored by Poland's Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki who specifically claimed that it was not meant in any way to be a jab at Israel: "Important Israeli politicians and media are attacking us for the bill … On top of that they claim that Poles are 'co-responsible' for the Holocaust," he said, adding that "this is proof how necessary this bill is."