These are a few words that do not pass. Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski announced that he would "invite" Israel's Eurovision candidate Noa Kirel in the coming days after she made remarks incriminating Poland's responsibility for the Holocaust.
"When Poland awards twelve points to Israel after the murder, during the Holocaust, of almost the entire family whose name I bear (members of his paternal family from Kirel were killed in Auschwitz), it is a victory," Noa Kirel said on television, a few hours after winning third place in the international competition.
"Receiving 12 points from Poland, after what my family and all the people of Israel went through during the Holocaust... Really, moments like this are really a victory," she told reporters hours later, as reported by The Times of Israel.
Poland 'disagrees' with Noa Kirel
Noa Kirel "will be invited to Poland first of all, to understand why she thinks of our homeland in this way, to explain why it is painful for us and why we do not agree with it, to talk about our shared histories nations," wrote Pawel Jablonski in a long post published on social networks. He also offered to "see with his own eyes the places where Nazi Germans committed cruel crimes against Poles and Jews."
🟦 Fakt, że wielu ludzi w Izraelu uważa Polskę za współsprawcę niemieckich zbrodni – a nie ich ofiarę – to często efekt nie tyle złej woli, co braku wiedzy i niepełnej edukacji. Przyczyn jest wiele, ale jedną z nich z pewnością była forma zorganizowanych wyjazdów izraelskiej...
— 🇵🇱 Paweł Jabłoński (@paweljablonski_) May 20, 2023
"The fact that many people in Israel see Poland as complicit in German crimes – rather than as their victim – is often the result not so much of malice as of lack of knowledge and incomplete education," Jablonski said, recalling his desire "to build good Polish-Israeli relations, based on truth and mutual understanding. that our two nations were victims of German crimes."