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Thursday, October 18, 2018

(JNS) Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into a law a controversial bill that makes it a crime for anyone to suggest Polish complicity in the Holocaust.

But reports indicated that Duda will ask Poland’s constitutional court to evaluate the bill, which leaves open the possibility that the law can be amended.

Following the signing of the law, comments denouncing the measure poured in from the U.S. and Israel.

“The United States is disappointed that the president of Poland has signed legislation that would impose criminal penalties for attributing Nazi crimes to the Polish state,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The U.S. reaffirmed that “terms like ‘Polish death camps’ are painful and misleading,” but added that “we believe that open debate, scholarship and education are the best means of countering misleading speech.”