Vandalism at Polish embassy is unacceptable - Israeli Dep FM

"The vandalism that took place at the Polish embassy is unacceptable and has no place in a democracy that honors the rule of law. A police investigation into the matter has been opened," Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely wrote on Twitter on Monday.

The Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv was vandalised with swastikas and anti-Polish graffiti on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon wrote on Twitter that, "the Jewish people was victim of a genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany, assisted by countless Europeans, including some Poles, acting out of hatred, greed and opportunism. Any attempt to blur the line between victims and perpetrators is a lie and vicious historical revisionism."

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Monday that, "the Israeli authorities are responsible for ensuring the security of our diplomatic mission and this is what we demand."

The Times of Israel portal wrote on Sunday that vandals drew swastikas and wrote slurs in English on the Polish Embassy's gates in Tel Aviv. The portal added that the act happened as anger was growing stronger in Israel over a recently passed Polish anti-defamation law.

Under the so-called anti-defamation law, or the amended law on the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) - The Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, all those who publicly attribute, contrary to the facts, responsibility or co-responsibility for the Third Reich's crimes - or other crimes against humanity and peace, as well as war crimes - to the Polish nation or the Polish state can be punished with a fine or a prison term of up to three years.  

Having signed the bill, President Duda referred the law to the Constitutional Tribunal to determine whether freedom of speech is limited in an unauthorised manner by its provisions.

The legislation proved controversial for Israel, the United States and Ukraine. Israel claims that the penalties for defamation that the act envisages may restrict research on the Holocaust.