“Mainstream Anti-semitism in Poland”
For several years now, and for the last few months and weeks in particular, the destruction of the rule of law, the persecution of independent judges and prosecutors, undermining of the fundamental principles of EU law, spreading xenophobia, homophobia and the use of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the mainstream of public life, have become the new Polish “normality”. These phenomena are the subject of many scientific studies and expert analyzes. At this point I would like to refer only to one aspect of these extremely dangerous tendencies, which is the unhampered spread of anti-Semitic motifs in the mainstream public debate, and even among representatives of the authorities of the Polish state. In the course of the Polish presidential election campaign, which took place in the spring and summer of 2020, the incumbent and at the same time candidate for the office, President Andrzej Duda, uttered highly disturbing words regarding “Jewish claims” that his opponent, a pro-democratic candidate Rafał Trzaskowski would allegedly want Poland to satisfy.
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