Poland hopes Israel will change view on World War II claims law – News Vibe24

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    WARSAW: Poland’s deputy foreign minister said Monday that he hoped Israel would change its “approach” to a bill on World War II repatriation claims, which the Jewish state has condemned as “immoral”.
    The bill, which was passed by parliament last week, aims to provide greater legal certainty to property owners against historic claims dating back to the Nazi occupation.
    However, critics say it could effectively prevent Jews from claiming property confiscated during the Holocaust.
    Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski spoke after Israeli Justice Minister Tal Ben-Ari Yaalon was summoned to the Polish Foreign Ministry for briefing on the new law.
    Jablonski told a news conference after Monday’s meeting that the Israeli criticism was “inappropriate” and “we hope that the Israeli side’s approach will change.”
    Jewish claims to property were frozen during the communist era and, unlike other countries in the region, Poland never had a comprehensive law claiming restitution since the fall of communist rule in 1989.
    Some families who lost property have since sought redress or compensation, but the process has been chaotic and lengthy.
    In some cases, there have been fraudulent claims for reinstatement.
    The new law sets a deadline for certain legal challenges of up to 30 years.
    This means that if a person purchased a pre-war property in 1989 and has had specific official confirmation since proving their right to acquire it, any previous historic owners will be excluded from disputing that right.
    Jablonski said critics in Israel “refer to the issue of the Holocaust, which the law does not address in any way. This shows, I have the impression, a lack of knowledge of the facts.”
    “This law is not aimed at anyone,” he said.
    The new law has yet to be passed by the Senate and signed by the president to take effect.
    The Israeli embassy in Warsaw said earlier that “this immoral law will seriously affect relations between our countries.”
    In fact, it will prevent the return of Jewish property or claims for compensation from Holocaust survivors and their descendants, as well as from the Jewish community that has called Poland home for centuries.
    The Israeli Foreign Ministry also summoned Poland’s ambassador to Israel, Marek Mayarowski, on Sunday.


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