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Israel rebukes Poland PM for 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 05:40Sun, 02/18/2018 - 07:25
The dispute comes weeks after Israel condemned a new Polish bill making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi crimes.
The dispute comes weeks after Israel condemned a new Polish law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi crimes.
The bill - passed in the Polish Senate - was later referred by President Andrzej Duda to the country's highest court to consider its constitutionality.
The legislation was signed into law by President Andrzej Duda but also referred to the country's highest court to consider its constitutionality.
It passed in a late-night sitting of the upper house of the Polish parliament with 57 votes to 23, with two abstaining.
  
But the more contentious point raised by the bill is whether it will outlaw references to acts of individual complicity by Poles with the Nazis - something historians say there is clear evidence for.
But the more contentious point raised by the law is whether it will outlaw references to acts of individual complicity by Poles with the Nazis - something historians say there is clear evidence for.
The Israelis have been furious about the bill, which Mr Netanyahu has described as an attempt to rewrite history and deny the Holocaust.
The Israelis have been furious about the legislation, which Mr Netanyahu has described as an attempt to rewrite history and deny the Holocaust.
The US state department had also urged the Polish government to rethink the bill.
The US state department had also urged the Polish government to rethink its new law.

Mexico earthquake: Helicopter crashes in emergency killing 14

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:00Sun, 02/18/2018 - 01:45
A helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed while they assessed damage from Friday's Mexican quake, killing at least 14 including a baby.
A helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed while they assessed damage from Friday's earthquake in Mexico, killing at least 14 including a baby.
No deaths have been reported in the earthquake itself.
No deaths have been reported from the earthquake itself.
Fourteen people - including a six-month-old baby - were killed in the crash, the Office of the Prosecutor of Oaxaca said.
Fourteen people - including a six-month-old baby - were killed in the crash, the Oaxaca prosecutor's office said.