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A ceremony at the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, burying remnants of Torah scrolls found in Warsaw in various hiding places. The books are from various periods, including those that were hidden during World War II. April 19, 2017.

Jews in Europe have been expressing concern for months about rising anti-Semitism across the continent, but now the European Jewish Congress (EJC) is specifically raising a red flag about the deteriorating relationship between Poland’s government and the Jewish community.

Recent events point to rising anti-Semitism in the country that appears to be coinciding with a shutdown in communications between the Polish government and official representatives of the Jewish community, the EJC warned Thursday.

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“Across Europe, governments consult with the local official leaders of the community to seek their counsel and coordinate a response to antisemitism,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “However, Poland stands out as an example of a leadership which appears to have little interest in opening a dialogue with the Jewish community.”

For around a year, no senior Polish government minister has met with the leadership of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, the democratically-representative organization of Polish Jewry.

There are numerous examples of rising anti-Semitism that have now permeate the many layers of Polish society.

During a public debate, Polish Television journalist Magdalena Ogórek pointed out the Jewish roots of the ancestors of Senator Marek Borowski. Fascist slogans and flags of ONR Falanga have been regularly displayed at state ceremonies. Member of Parliament Bogdan Rzońca from Prawo i Sprawiedliwość wrote on social media, “I wonder why, despite the Holocaust, there are so many abortionists among Jews.”

Kantor said the EJC hopes “the Polish leadership will restart engagement with the Jewish community and condemn antisemitism in all its forms. There has been a distinct normalization of anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia in Poland recently, and we hope that the Polish government will stem this hate and act forcefully against it.

“Minority rights, respect for the rule of law and commitment to fighting anti-Semitism and racism lie at the heart of the values of post-war reconstruction of Europe, and learning the lessons of the Shoah,” Kantor added.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. This is all about the muslim invaders take over of European countries. Antisemitism is on the rise throughout Europe but no one want to call it what it is. It is the same thing they have done for centuries but instead of facing up to what is happening it is being called humanitarian or brotherly love but the result will the same as it always has been they come in..”cry oh poor me I need your help” Then “I am being discriminated you must change your way to accomodate me because I am a citizen too” then it’s “your religion is offensive to me it has to go” They build mosques all over your land so that it no longer looks like your land and they run for office and become the largest segment of the population and your country is no longer yours. Now you must pay them to live in your society or lose your head. In our attempt to be nice we actually fall for that crap and start being ugly to all the other peaceful religions and actually buy into their sob story of how the Jews and Christians are persecuting them . By that time the real racists start to come out of the wood work to fight back and you have total anarchy. Sound familiar? It’s happening here in the USA right now. And America is losing.

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