Israeli and Polish governments slam antisemitic national day march

The Israeli and Polish governments condemned the chanting of antisemitic slogans at a far-right march marking Poland’s Independence Day.

Hundreds of protesters shouted “Death to Jews” at the march in the central city of Kalisz, drawing condemnation from inside and outside the country.

The participants of the march referred to LGBTQ people and “Zionists” as “enemies of Poland” that needed to be expelled from the country.

They burned a copy of a medieval document dating back to 1264 that gave Jews protection and rights and led to a flourishing 3.3-million-strong community before Nazi Germany wiped it out.

A much larger national day march of thousands in the Polish capital, Warsaw, also featured antisemitic slogans. They also protested against the EU, which has clamped down on a Polish court decision that has angered Brussels.

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said Saturday that “the people who organized the shameful and scandalous assembly in Kalisz on November 11 will suffer legal consequences.”

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lukasz Jasina confirmed the gathering was “used to propagate hate, antisemitism and religious intolerance.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid welcomed the “unequivocal condemnation” by Polish authorities. He said Jewish people “expect the Polish government to act uncompromisingly against those who took part in this shocking display of hate.”

“The horrific antisemitic incident in Poland reminds every Jew in the world of the strength of hatred that exists in the world,” Lapid added.

The Roman Catholic Church in Kalisz and the rest of the country joined in its condemnation of the antisemitic march.

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