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Newsline: UK charges 55-year-old man over bomb hoax at Polish consulate

British police said prosecutors had charged a 55-year-old man with making a bomb hoax at Poland’s consulate in the northern English city of Manchester. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-poland-hoax/uk-charges-55-year-old-man-over-bomb-hoax-at-polish-consulate-idUSKCN1UZ1V0) Bogdan Benduski, who gave no fixed address, would appear before magistrates in Manchester at a future date, the city’s police force said in a statement. Local media reported that Poland’s consulate in Manchester was temporarily evacuated after a security threat.


Newsline: Police Files Charges Against Israeli Who Spat at Polish Ambassador

Israeli prosecutors filed charges against a man accused of spitting at Poland’s ambassador, an incident that drew strong condemnation from Warsaw and underscored tensions between the countries over anti-Semitism and Holocaust history. The suspect, Erik Lederman, was indicted for assault and criminal threats, Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court papers showed. Police said that in May 14 incident in Tel Aviv he had struck the roof of a car carrying Ambassador Marek Magierowski with his hand, then opened a door and spat twice on the envoy. (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-police-files-charges-against-israeli-who-spat-at-polish-ambassador-1.7249611) The counts carry a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

Newsline: Polish ambassador to Israel attacked near his embassy in Tel Aviv

Poland’s Ambassador to Israel, Marek Magierowski, was attacked on May 14 outside the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to a report by the Hebrew website Ynet. Magierowski was standing outside the embassy when a man started to physically and verbally assault him. The ambassador was too overwhelmed to understand the words his attacker said. All he heard was, “Polish, Polish,” said Magierowski, Ynet reported. The Polish Embassy immediately filed a complaint with the Israeli Police, while Magierowski filed a complaint with the Foreign Affairs Ministry. (https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Polish-ambassador-to-Israel-attacked-near-embassy-in-Tel-Aviv-589731) The ministry contacted the police and asked them, as well as the authorities charged with security of the foreign embassies in Tel Aviv, to treat the incident with the utmost importance. Magierowski managed to take a picture of the attacker and his vehicle, which led to the man’s arrest 90 minutes later. The ambassador was informed by the Foreign Ministry that the man had been arrested, and he commended the police and their efficiency.

Newsline: Poland summons Israeli ambassador

Poland summoned Israel’s ambassador on Friday and threatened to scupper a summit in Jerusalem after reported comments in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in the Nazi Holocaust. Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that the prime minister, who was in Warsaw for a U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference, had been misquoted by The Jerusalem Post, which issued a corrected story (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-poland-idUSKCN1Q420S). In a later statement, Netanyahu’s office said that in his remarks on the question of Polish collaboration with Nazi occupiers, he had not cast any blanket blame. Poland, where sensitivities over the issue of its actions during the Holocaust are high, called in Israeli envoy Anna Azari.

Newsline: Norway and Poland to expel diplomats in tit-for-tat exchange

Norway will expel a Polish diplomat who had clashed with local officials after Warsaw declined to recall him, the Norwegian foreign ministry said. Poland said it would expel a Norwegian diplomat in exchange, in a rare spat between the two countries which have strong economic links. Norway had decided to expel Polish consul Slawomir Kowalski because his behavior was not compatible with his diplomatic status, the foreign ministry’s spokeswoman said. She said the ministry had received numerous complaints from officials that the consul has obstructed their work. Norwegian media said Kowalski had been involved in several cases where Polish citizens were disputing decisions by Norwegian child protection services. “This is an extremely unjustified decision,” Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek said on Twitter. “The only possible decision in this situation is mutual action, which will be carried out immediately,” he added. Poland’s foreign ministry said in a statement that a Norwegian diplomat had been declared “persona non grata” in Poland, following Norway’s decision. Norway’s foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-poland/norway-and-poland-to-expel-diplomats-in-tit-for-tat-exchange-idUSKCN1Q020B). Poles account for the largest immigrant group in the Nordic country of 5.3 million people, estimated at around 98,000 in 2018, according to Statistics Norway.

Newsline: Poland’s president sacks ambassador to Ukraine

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has dismissed Polish Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Piekło as of January 31, 2019. Piekło has been head of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kyiv since 2016. According to Special Envoy of the President of Poland, Secretary of State at the President’s Chancellery Krzysztof Szczerski, the dismissal of the ambassador, which took place based on the motion submitted by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, “has nothing to do with the assessment of Polish-Ukrainian relations.” “The rank of the Polish representation in Kyiv is planned to be increased. I hope the Ukrainian side will quickly accept a successor, and then this change will be smooth,” he said.


Newsline: US ambassador angers Poles with letter to prime minister

The U.S. ambassador to Poland triggered anger in Poland with a letter to the prime minister that takes his government to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned independent television station. The letter from Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher circulated in Polish media. It misspells the last name of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and addresses him with the wrong title, as well as misspelling the name of the interior minister. Overall, ties between the U.S. and Poland are good and Poland is lobbying for a permanent U.S. military base that it has promised to name “Fort Trump.” Poland’s conservative, nationalist government also has a lot of ideological similarities with U.S. President Donald Trump. It was not clear who leaked the letter and government officials seemed eager to play it down. Mosbacher, a Trump appointee, said she wrote to express “deep concern” over government treatment of TVN, a Polish broadcaster owned by the U.S. company Discovery. The station is seen in Poland as representing a liberal viewpoint critical of the conservative government.