J Weekly: State Assembly resolution urges changes in Polish Holocaust law

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

J Weekly


By Rob Gloster

The California State Assembly approved a resolution urging Polish lawmakers to reverse or revise their new Holocaust speech law, which has been condemned by Israeli leaders and by global organizations such as the World Jewish Congress.

The Polish law, which went into effect March 1 but hasn’t been implemented pending a court review, makes it a crime — punishable by up to three years in prison — to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust.

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“Poland’s law limiting speech about the Holocaust is a gross misjudgment that dooms us to repeat the horrors of the past,” said the resolution’s lead author, Assembly member Marc Levine, a Democrat who represents parts of Marin and Sonoma counties and is chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus.