FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2018
Ottawa, ON — CIJA has recently held meetings with representatives of the Polish government regarding its contentious Holocaust legislation. To provide an update on the status of those discussions, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:
“Over the last two months, CIJA held meetings with Polish government officials to address the issue of Holocaust remembrance and the proposed legislative changes – which have subsequently passed – by the Polish Parliament. Most recently, CIJA joined with B’nai Brith and March of the Living (Canada) in making representations to the Polish Ambassador on both the legislation and the alarming spike in antisemitism in Poland.
“The discussions were respectful, and we feel that there would be value in continuing the dialogue. We are also encouraged by the recent consultations between Poland and Israel. However, CIJA is disappointed that Poland remains unwilling to reconsider the actions it has pursued, and is unrepentant with respect to the positions it has articulated. In that regard, while appreciated in their own right, recent pronouncements – like the formal apology issued by the Government of Poland for the treatment of Jews in 1968 – do not mitigate the deep concerns we still have about the core issues related to Holocaust remembrance.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
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