Poland's right-wing nationalist government says the bill is necessary to protect the reputation of Poles as victims of Nazi aggression. And yes, more Poles have been honored by Yad Vashem for their life-saving efforts to protect Jews during the war than any other nation.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said Tuesday he will sign a law that would make it a crime to suggest Poles share the blame for Nazi crimes during the Holocaust. The law has sparked a rift with Israel. In a statement released yesterday, Mr Bennett said he "felt honoured" by the cancellation for what he sees is a rewriting of the past. Activists say the passage of the bill has encouraged a rise in anti-Semitism.
Poland is angry that some of the Ukrainians who killed Poles are now being hailed as Ukrainian national heroes.
The law is meant to safeguard Poland's image overseas but instead has set off an unprecedented diplomatic row with the United States and Israel.
The legislation sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone describing Nazi German death camps in Poland, like Auschwitz-Birkenau, as Polish.
Historians maintain that some Polish individuals did participate in the Holocaust. The law has sparked aggressive disputes within Poland as well as overseas.
Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz ruled out that possibility on Monday, saying under "Polish law and the legal system, this is impossible and we want to share this knowledge with our partners in Israel". "I am signing this bill and, accordingly, Article 55a will come into force", said Duda in television statement Tuesday.
Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust overall.
The United States also strongly opposes the legislation, saying it could hurt Poland's strategic relations with Israel and the U.S. The U.S. has also expressed concerns that the law could hurt freedom of expression and academic research. I am going to speak truth, where the truth took place.
"It is not credible to engage in the denial", Hoenlein said Tuesday.
"The government achieved exactly the opposite of what it wanted", Warsaw-based analyst Buras said in an interview last week.
"The blood of Polish Jews cries from the ground, and no law will silence it", Bennett said in response to the cancellation.
"After all, we know that Jewish circles, including American, but mostly the state of Israel, are trying to get restitution of property or at least compensation", he said. Furthermore, the chair of the governing party, Jarosław Kaczyński, argues that the new law would not gag the discussion on the complicity and collaboration of the non-Jewish Poles in the holocaust. The demonstrators held a banner reading "Take off your yarmulke".
Duda added that he was aware of the "sensitivities" around this bill, including a "fear that it will not be possible to tell the truth - that it will gag the survivors".
Andrzej Duda defended the legislation, which will make it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in such Nazi crimes committed under occupation.
The U.S. has indicated that the law could suppress free speech.
"I have made a decision to sign the law but also to send it to the Constitutional Tribunal", Duda told reporters in Warsaw on Tuesday.
"Poland can be certain that any distortion of history such as the notion of "Polish concentration camps" will be clearly rejected and firmly condemned".