Polish MPs pass resolution condemning anti-Semitism
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Poland’s lawmakers have adopted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the 50th anniversary of a campaign by the country's former communist authorities that forced up to 20,000 Polish Jews to emigrate.
The lower house of Poland's parliament, the Sejm, in session in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara
The 1968 campaign came in the wake of a power struggle within the communist party that was in part sparked by nationwide student demonstrations against media censorship amid calls for academic freedoms.
In their resolution, Polish MPs on Tuesday expressed respect for all those who fought for freedom and democracy exactly 50 years ago.
They also condemned the communist organisers of anti-Semitic persecution in March 1968 and thanked all those who showed solidarity with the persecuted at the time.
The resolution said that, mindful of the “dramatic plight of Polish Jews—who were forced by the communist authorities to emigrate from Poland in 1968," the lower house of Poland's parliament, the Sejm, "expresses its firm opposition to all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”
The house expressed its solidarity with Polish citizens who were persecuted by the communist regime, irrespective of their nationality, religious beliefs and place of residence.
The resolution also honoured the courage and sacrifice of those who took up the struggle against Poland’s communist rulers decades ago.