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Archive for January 1, 2020

Newsline: Israeli man who spat at Polish ambassador convicted of assault

An Israeli man was convicted on Sunday of spitting on the Polish ambassador to Israel in an incident earlier this year that came at the height of a round of tensions between Jerusalem and Poland over the latter’s role during the Holocaust. Arik Lederman, 65, agreed to a plea deal that saw the indictment against him amended to consist only of an assault charge, while a charge of threatening the ambassador was dropped. (https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-man-convicted-of-assault-for-spitting-at-polish-ambassador/) According to the indictment, Lederman blocked Ambassador Marek Magierowski’s car outside the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv in May and banged on its roof. The ambassador then rolled down the window to photograph Lederman, who opened the door and spat at Magierowski twice.

Newsline: US ambassador sided with Poland in dispute with Russia

Germany and the Soviet Union were both responsible for the outbreak of World War II, said the United States Ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher. Her statements, made in a tweet, were responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Poland was responsible for the start of the war. “Dear President Putin, Hitler and Stalin colluded to start WWII. That is a fact. Poland was a victim of this horrible conflict,” Mosbacher wrote. (https://www.dw.com/en/us-ambassador-in-poland-says-soviet-union-helped-start-wwii/a-51835348) Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Sunday condemned Putin’s comments as well, writing in a statement that it was unacceptable to cast perpetrators as victims. The Polish Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned the Russian ambassador over Putin’s comments. “President Putin has lied about Poland on numerous occasions, and he has always done it deliberately,” said Morawiecki. Over the past week, Putin has made multiple comments denying the Soviet Union’s role in starting the war, and tried to blame Poland for its outbreak. He also denied that Russia invaded Poland in 1939, purporting that Poland was on board with Hitler’s Holocaust plans.