WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2018 - Today, NCSEJ hosted a meeting, called at the request of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, with Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marek Magierowski, Ambassador to the United States Piotr Wilczek, World Jewish Congress, and B’nai B’rith International.
(l-r) NCSEJ CEO Mark B. Levin, Amb. Piotr Wilczek, Deputy Foreign Minister Marek Magierowski, B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, BBI Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Fusfield, NCSEJ Deputy Director Lesley Weiss, and World Jewish Congress Jewish Diplomatic Corps member David S. Shulman
The discussion was open and forthright. The Jewish organizations strongly criticized the new Polish anti-defamation law recently signed by the president. The organizations raised concerns about Polish anti-Semitism and cited a recent statement from the Union of Jewish Communities of Poland, which claimed that the government failed to disavow new anti-Semitic incidents. They also pressed the Deputy Foreign Minister for more information about the status of a draft bill for restitution of Jewish communal property.
The organizations expressed their willingness to work with the Polish government, and their hope that a forthcoming meeting of a Polish-Israeli task force would move toward repairing relationships. NCSEJ Chairman Daniel Rubin concluded by noting that the meeting evidenced Poland’s commitment to moving forward, past the current crisis, and his hope that Jewish organizations and Poland can work together to continue securing a solid future for Poland’s Jewish citizens.
The Deputy Foreign Minister assured the participants that he would relay the group’s views to the Prime Minister.