Polish Senate passes controversial Nazi holocaust Bill
Feb 1, 2018: The Polish Senate has approved the controversial Nazi Holocaust bill that makes it illegal to accuse Poles of complicity in the Holocaust.
It also prohibits describing Nazi death camps in Poland as Polish. It sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term as punishment.The proposal caused a weekend rift with Israel, which accuses Poland of attempting to change history.
The bill must be signed off by the president before entering into law.It passed in the upper house of the Polish parliament with 57 votes to 23, with two abstaining, according to AFP news agency.
Although there has been a massive outcry against the bill by Israel, the Polish President Andrzej Duda says his country has the right "to defend historical truth".
Similarly, Polish politicians have expressed bafflement at the Israeli response.
"We are very sad and surprised our fight for the truth, for the dignity of Poles, is perceived and interpreted in this way," said Senate speaker Stanislaw Karczweski.
Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Warchol said it was wrong to suggest the bill would stop people researching Polish history.
"Poland is a democratic state of law which respects the freedom of public debate, scientific research, and the right to criticism," he said.
The Oslo Times International News Network