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August 4, 2015 10:46 am

Polish Jewish Man Indicted for Holding Pro-Israel Rally in Warsaw

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A Jewish man was indicted for organizing a pro-Israel rally in front of the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw. Photo: Irish Christian Friends of Israel.

A Jewish man was indicted for organizing a pro-Israel rally in front of the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw. Photo: Irish Christian Friends of Israel.

JNS.org – Tadeusz Markiewicz, a Polish former University of Haifa student, has been indicted in Poland for organizing a pro-Israel rally in front of the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw during Operation Protective Edge last summer.

Polish authorities ruled that the demonstration, attended by several dozen people, was illegal. It was organized as a counter-protest to a pro-Palestinian rally taking place at the same time. A court hearing will be held within the next month, at which Piotr Kadlcik, the president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, will testify. Kadlcik was among those who took part in the demonstration. If convicted, Markiewicz is expected to be fined about $800.

Markiewicz, an active member of the Jewish community in Poland, said, “The pro-Palestinian demonstration was violent and some of its participants made anti-Semitic remarks, such as, ‘We’ll make soap out of you.’ The problem is that our rally lasted longer than police had authorized and I, as the organizer, am being held responsible for this.”

He added, “The police clung to this trivial matter, but they did not address the anti-Semitic calls and support for Hamas [by the pro-Palestinian demonstrators], which are illegal in Poland. We are currently fighting for freedom of speech in our country. The court is wasting my time, my money and public funds.”

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  • Guest

    Being Jewish does not give you more rights, Mr. Markiewicz. Illegal protest is an illegal protest. Simple as that.

    • zman

      @Guest: “Being Jewish does not give you more rights, Mr. Markiewicz. Illegal protest is an illegal protest. Simple as that.”
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      The “law” in Poland (and elsewhere) reflects political attitudes, and the impression I get is that these political attitudes are extremely negative when it comes to the welfare of Jews and Israel. The situation is not that of extra-legality, but rather that of another example of cultural, political, and legal malice directed towards Jews.

      Instead of blocking and penalizing (culturally, politically, legally) Jihadi hate-propaganda and hate-propagandists, the Polish gov occupies itself with the opposite, and pursues completely arbitrary legal techniques meant to block and penalize anti-Jihadist/anti-hate activists. You can argue that’s the “law”, but when the law and authorities that enforce the law promote the open advocacy of murder and genocide (eg. Jewish people turned to soap), and censors activists that oppose this, then the “law” and the government behind it, is completely morally bankrupt.

  • Joseph Feld

    The Polish police should learn about ‘Jewish time’ where everything is about an hour and a half late! To this day Jews of Polish origin observe this custom.

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