It is untrue to call Poland an anti-Semitic country - Israeli ambassador

It is untrue to call Poland an anti-Semitic country - Israeli ambassador. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Israel's ambassador to Poland Alexander Ben Zvi said on Saturday that although anti-Semitism manifests itself in Poland, it is totally untrue to call Poland an anti-Semitic country.

Talking to private broadcaster Radio Zet, Ben Zvi said that being critical of Israeli politics and Israeli politicians is not anti-Semitic. Anti-Semitism is to claim that Jews are responsible for something simply because they are Jews.

Asked whether he sees signs of anti-Semitism in Poland, the ambassador said that, just as in other European countries and in the United States, anti-Semitism exists but to claim that Poland is an anti-Semitic country is a total untruth. He added that in terms of manifestations of anti-Semitism, Poland is no different than any other country.

On the subject of Jewish restitution claims in Poland, the ambassador said that it is not his main mission to constantly talk about such claims. He added that in some other Visegrad countries solutions to the problem had been found, governments and Jewish communities in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have managed to reach a form of agreement on the subject. The debate on restitution claims must take place in a calm atmosphere and be discussed by experts, not through media outlets.