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After the storm, Poland announced: Noa Kirel accepted an invitation to visit the country - voila! culture

2023-05-26T10:56:53.423Z

Highlights: Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jablonski announced that Noa Kirel had accepted his invitation for an official visit to his country. "We will talk about history without false stereotypes," he wrote on Twitter. "My real victory was to put Israel on the map, leave a mark and make my country proud of me," the singer said. "This is a Eurovision scandal," the Polish news website Dorzeczy said. 'Kyrell's remarks were interpreted as accusing Poland of murdering Jews during World War II,' Onet said.


After the storm of the Holocaust: Poland announced that Noa Kirel accepted an invitation to visit the country. "We will talk about history without false stereotypes," he wrote on Twitter


Noa Kirel landed at Ben Gurion Airport (Niv Aharonson)

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jablonski announced that Noa Kirel had accepted his invitation for an official visit to his country.

"Thank you, Noa Kirel, for accepting my invitation to visit Poland again," Jablonski tweeted. "I hope that together we will take the opportunity to talk about history, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust and the rest of World War II, and also about the future – how to inspire young people in Poland and Israel to learn about history and get to know each other, without misstereotypes."

During a conversation with Israeli journalists after Noa Kirel's impressive achievement at Eurovision, which included receiving 12 points from the Polish judging team, the singer said: "My real victory was to put Israel on the map, leave a mark and make my country proud of me. These are my greatest achievements. To get 12 points from Poland after almost the entire Kirel family was murdered in the Holocaust is also a real victory."

Her remarks caused a storm in Poland, which in recent years has been trying to shake off its historical role in anti-Semitism and the murder of Jews on its soil during World War II. Many on social networks and in the Polish media spoke out against the statement and the singer. "This is a Eurovision scandal," the Polish news website Dorzeczy said. "Kyrell's remarks were interpreted as accusing Poland of murdering Jews during World War II." Another Polish news website, Onet, said: "As gratitude for the points from Poland, it mentions the Holocaust. In fact, the genocide of Jews was carried out in Nazi camps located within the borders of German-occupied Poland."

The protest also reached the Polish parliament. MP Anna Maria Żukowska took to Twitter to address the Israeli embassy in Poland, writing: "Does this statement reflect the level of Holocaust education in Israel? Do young people in Israel think that the Holocaust was caused by Poland?"

She accepted an invitation to visit Poland. Noa Kirel returns to Israel from Liverpool (Photo: Niv Aronson)

"The fact that many in Israel see Poland as an accomplice in committing German crimes – not their victim – is often not really the result of evil such as lack of knowledge and incomplete education," Paweł Jablonski, Poland's deputy foreign minister, wrote earlier on Twitter. "There are many reasons, but one of them is definitely the organized trips of Israeli youth to Poland, which unfortunately cemented their participants in such an image of our country for many years.

"That is why a year and a half ago, on my initiative, Poland opened negotiations with Israel on a new formula for these trips. The talks were long and difficult, but the goal was achieved. According to the agreement, signed in March, young people from Israel will learn about the history of our country – including learning about crimes committed by Germans against Poles; They will also meet Poles of their age, which will help break negative stereotypes. Similar rules will apply to trips by young Poles to Israel."

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"We are starting a long process that will certainly not yield results immediately - but at the same time I am confident that in the long run it will allow us to build good Polish-Israeli relations, based on truth and mutual understanding that both our peoples were victims of German crimes," Jablonski added. "The longer and more effectively we work on this, the fewer bad stereotypes or false and painful statements there will be for millions of people in Poland, like Noa Kirel's.

"And Mrs. Noa Kirel herself will be invited to Poland in the coming week - mainly to understand why she thinks this way about our homeland, to explain why it hurts us and why we do not agree to it, to talk about the common history of our nations - and to see with her own eyes the places where Nazi Germany committed cruel crimes against Poles and Jews in our country."

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