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Polish ruling party head meets with Jewish community leaders

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Paweł Kononczuk 17.08.2017 11:10
The head of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has met with leading members of the country’s Jewish community to discuss issues including Polish-Jewish relations, Poland’s PAP news agency has reported, quoting party sources.
Jarosław Kaczyński. Photo: pis.org.plJarosław Kaczyński. Photo: pis.org.pl

The talks with PiS chief Jarosław Kaczyński in Warsaw on Wednesday came after an article published by The Washington Post on 10 August which suggested that Jews were concerned over “rising anti-Semitism” in Poland, according to PAP.

In the article, The Washington Post—quoting a report by the Associated Press—said that the leaders of Poland’s Jewish community had written to Kaczyński, “urging him to denounce what they say is rising anti-Semitism that has left them fearing for their future in the country.”

According to PAP, Wednesday’s meeting was attended by officials including the head of the Jewish Social-Cultural Association in Poland, Artur Hofman; the chief rabbi of Kraków, Eliezer Gurary; and the rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue in Warsaw, Shalom Ber Stambler.

Jonny Daniels, a former adviser to Donald Trump as well as the founder and president of the From the Depths Foundation, which deals with Polish-Jewish relations, also took part in the meeting, PAP said.

Daniels told the agency afterward that the meeting had been held at Kaczyński's invitation and lasted about an hour and a half.

He also said the talks focused on the history as well as the future of Jews in Poland.

According to Daniels, the meeting was held in a pleasant atmosphere and with mutual understanding, while those taking part in the meeting were impressed by Kaczyński’s grasp of Jewish history, customs and religion, PAP reported. (str/pk/vb)

Source: PAP, Radio Maryja

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