Israeli president thanks Serbia for Holocaust restitution law

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin praised Serbia for passing a law that allows for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust.

Rivlin said on Thursday after talks with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic that the 2016 bill should serve as a model for other countries.

Thousands of Serbian Jews perished during Nazi occupation of the Balkan country during World War II.

Rivlin arrived in Serbia from neighbouring Croatia where he met with top officials and visited the site of a World War II concentration camp run by a pro-Nazi puppet regime where tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Roma were killed.

Croatian state TV quoted Rivlin as saying that facing up to crimes of the past is a moral obligation for any society.

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