Poland's Prez says he will sign Holocaust bill

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"I decided that I would sign the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, and I will give it to the Constitutional Court", Duda said in his statement on the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, the Office of the Polish president said on its official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. Similarly, no one who uses the phrase "Polish death camps" - including former US president Barack Obama and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey - does so out of ill will toward Poland.

But he said the point of the law is to prevent the Polish nation as a whole from being wrongly accused of institutionalized participation in the Holocaust.

The United States, too, has been highly critical of the law, suggesting that it could jeopardize Poland's strategic relations with Israel and the US.

After having his upcoming trip to Warsaw cancelled by the Polish government on Monday due to his strong criticism of the law, Israel's hard-right education minister, Naftali Bennet, said he was "honored". Unusually, however, he said the bill would be reviewed by the country's Constitutional Tribunal.

"The Polish government canceled my visit to Poland because I mentioned the crimes of its people".

The new law would outlaw publicly and falsely attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany to the Polish nation.

Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz ruled out that possibility on Monday, saying under "Polish law and the legal system, this is impossible and we want to share this knowledge with our partners in Israel".

Slawomir Neumann of the centrist Civic Platform party accused Duda of giving in to the pressure of nationalists and anti-Semites and said his signing "deepens the diplomatic crisis".

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The law was enforced with brute force on the streets until all women felt no other alternative but to follow the dress code. Women have been required to wear the hijab since he Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The camps were built and operated by Nazi Germany after it invaded Poland in 1939.

Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Warchol said it was wrong to suggest the bill would stop people researching Polish history.

PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told Polish public radio on Saturday that Poland was fighting against a "great defamatory campaign".

"I think that the bill is precise and does not require a change".

According to figures from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Nazis also killed at least 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish civilians.

Israel slammed the new proposed legislation, emphasizing that Poland was instrumental in the extermination of Jews during World War II. There are things that have been said and done on both sides - including by Israeli politicians who said that there were Polish camps - which haven't been helpful.

Moreover, whilst the concentration camps were the site where Jewish people were killed in the millions, the murdering of Poles of Christian and other denominations (numbering in the hundreds of thousands) should not be discounted or forgotten. I accepted an invitation to a dialogue based on truth.

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