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Knesset denies planning to adopt anti 'Polish death camp' resolution

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 19.12.2013 12:30
An Israeli parliament spokesman has said media reports that the Knesset will pass a resolution condemning the term “Polish death camps” at a special session in Krakow are incorrect.
Auschwitz: photo - CC/wiki

Auschwitz: photo - CC/wiki

“I can’t confirm this. We are taking great care not to bestow upon this day any formal meaning,” Israeli parliament spokesman Yotam Yakir has told Polish Radio’s English Section, referring to a special sitting of 60 MPs from the Knesset to be held in Krakow on 27 January marking the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Earlier this week, the TVN24 news station reported that an unnamed source within the Israeli parliament had told them that the MPs would pass a resolution condemning the use of the term “Polish death camps” by media in the US and elsewhere.

But Yotam Yakir says that the meeting of Israeli MPs in Krakow will be “a day of ceremonies, a day full of emotions, aimed at, first and foremost, promoting knowledge of the Holocaust and the memory of the Holocaust. I don’t think any formal decisions will be taken nor a formal session of the Knesset held”.

The anniversary ceremony on 27 January will be attended by former prisoners of Auschwitz, representatives of Polish state authorities as well as many guests from around the world, including the delegation of the Israeli parliament, headed by the Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. (pg/hh)

tags: Auschwitz, Israel
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