The Latest: Poland reverses course on disputed Holocaust law

The Latest: Poland reverses course on disputed Holocaust law
The Latest: Poland reverses course on disputed Holocaust law

The Latest on Poland reversing course on a disputed Holocaust speech law (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

Polish lawmakers have passed changes to a disputed Holocaust speech law, removing criminal provisions for attributing Nazi crimes to Poles.

The speaker of parliament, Marek Kuchcinski, said that the amendments passed 388 to 25 with five abstentions during the Wednesday vote.

The original version of the law, passed earlier this year, called for prison terms of up to three years for falsely accusing the Polish nation of Holocaust crimes that were committed by Nazi Germany.

Poland's nationalist ruling party, Law and Justice, said it was trying to protect historic truth about Poland, which was a victim of World War II.

But the law sparked a major diplomatic crisis with Israel and the United States.

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9:30 a.m.

Polish lawmakers are debating a new version of a Holocaust speech law that would remove criminal provisions for statements deemed harmful to Poland's good name.

A version of the law passed earlier this year called for prison terms of up to three years for falsely accusing the Polish nation of Holocaust crimes that were committed by Nazi Germany.

It sparked a major diplomatic crisis with Israel, where many felt it was an attempt to whitewash Poland's history of violence against Jews during World War II. The United States warned it threatened academic freedom and that it would harm Poland's "strategic position."

The new draft bill was presented to parliament by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and represents a defeat for the nationalist government.

This article was written by cool news network.

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