Poland summons Israeli envoy as it fumes over ‘racist’ spit attack on its Tel Aviv diplomat
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned the incident yesterday on Twitter, describing the attack against the ambassador as “racist” and “xenophobic.”
I am very worried to hear of a racist attack on @PLinIsrael ambassador @mmagierowski. Poland strongly condemns this xenophobic act of aggression. Violence against diplomats or any other citizens should never be tolerated.— Mateusz Morawiecki (@MorawieckiM) May 15, 2019
The attack took place in the middle of a public street in Tel Aviv. A 65-year-old man allegedly approached ambassador Marek Magierowski while he was sitting in a car, spat on him, and insulted him. The attacker was arrested the following day, and is currently under house arrest.
While Israeli officials were quick to follow up by expressing shock and sympathy, it seems Polish authorities aren’t satisfied with their words. Poland’s Foreign Ministry now wants to discuss the incident with Israel’s ambassador directly.
Israel expresses its full sympathy with the Polish ambassador and shock at the attack. Israeli police currently investigating. We will update our Polish friends . This is a top priority to us, as we are fully committed to diplomats safety and security @IsraelMFA@IsraelinPoland— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) May 15, 2019
Relations between the two countries have been deeply strained over a number of historical issues, in particular over Warsaw’s controversial Holocaust law, passed at the beginning of last year, which prohibits faulting the Polish government for Nazi crimes during WWII.Also on rt.com Poland cancels Israeli visit over WWII property restitution row after mass protests in Warsaw
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