Amid tensions over Holocaust, Jewish cemetery’s fence vandalized in Poland
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Amid tensions over Holocaust, Jewish cemetery’s fence vandalized in Poland

The words ‘Jesus is King’ are repainted on fence of a Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw hours after they are removed

Illustrative photo of a Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw, Poland. (CC BY, Emmanuel Dyan/Flickr)
Illustrative photo of a Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw, Poland. (CC BY, Emmanuel Dyan/Flickr)

The fence of a Jewish cemetery in Poland has been vandalized amid a fresh diplomatic crisis between that country and Israel over complicity in the Holocaust.

The words “Jesus is King” were written on the fence of the Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw on February 13. Several locals showed up earlier this week to paint over the slogan, Gazeta Wroclawska reported Sunday.

But hours later, the same words were written again at the same spot.

Reports, including in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, about another desecration in the nearby city of Swidnica were false, Polish official and Jewish community representatives said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week during a visit to Poland that some Poles collaborated with the Germans during the Holocaust. Despite a new law in Poland that forbids blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes, he said, speaking about the complicity of individuals is permissible.

But his comment, which was misrepresented in some media to include all Poles, triggered a diplomatic crisis. It escalated when Israel’s acting foreign minister, Israel Katz, said Sunday that Poles take in anti-Semitism with their mother’s milk.

The law last year triggered an earlier crisis, which Poland and Israel had resolved.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that headstones were smashed last week in a cemetery in Świdnica, Poland.

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