Poland May Deny Israeli HS Students Entry
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday August 18, 2021
Almost every high school student in Israel travels to Poland during their tenure in high school. And now Poland is rethinking that practice. Poland is rethinking permitting Israeli youth trips to enter their country.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński said that the Poland is reexamining educational trips by Israeli youth because, he asserts, the trips teach hatred of Poland.
This re-examination of a long held tradition comes in the context of a huge diplomatic feud between Israel and Poland over the passing of a Holocaust restitution law.
According to the Polish foreign minister: "Educational trips from Israel to Poland do not take place in a proper manner [and are conducted] in a way that hatred of Poland sometimes seeps into the minds of young people. We will examine the issue in depth because it is clear that the way these tours take place is not the right way.”
He has accused Israel of fostering "anti-Polonism" which is prejudice against Poles as an ethnic group and the state of Poland and its culture.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called the signing of the property restitution law “a shameful decision and disgraceful contempt for the memory of the Holocaust” and said that “Poland has chosen to continue harming those who have lost everything.”
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