Polish Senate Speaker takes 'legal steps' against Jersey City mayor over defamation
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Polish Senate Speaker Stanisław Karczewski said on Friday that he has taken "legal steps" after being accused by Jersey City's mayor of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and "white nationalism."
Stanisław Karczewski. Photo: The Chancellery of the Senate of the Republic of Poland/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 pl)
Karczewski told the wPolityce.pl website that he treats Mayor Steven Fulop's words very seriously but declined to comment further.
Fulop took to Twitter on Thursday to suggest that Karczewski's has "zero credibility" amid an international row over a monument to thousands of massacred Poles which may be removed from Jersey City.
According to the Polish-Jewish Forum's Paweł Jędzejewski, Fulop's comment was defamatory as well as "unethical" and "irresponsible".
Meanwhile, Jersey City councillor James Solomon told private Polish broadcaster Polsat that the Polish community should have been consulted about plans, which came to them as a surprise on Monday, to put the monument in storage while its home at Exchange Place is converted into a park.
The monument, erected in 1991, honours some 22,000 Poles, mainly officers and also members of the intelligentsia, who were executed in the Katyn forest in Western Russia and other locations in the Soviet Union in 1940.
Karczewski earlier on Friday indicated that he would consider legal action against Fulop. (vb)