Fending off charges that he has promoted anti-Semitism, Poland’s defense minister Thursday cited the support he and his government give to Israel and comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praising Poland for this support.
When Thomasz Piatek’s publisher released his explosive book last month about Poland’s defense minister, the well-known investigative journalist was braced for a defamation suit.
The recent NATO summit, held for the first time ever in Warsaw, was a triumph for Poland’s defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz. He has emerged as the crucial point man on the alliance’s eastern flank, amid ramped-up tensions following Russia’s military incursions into Ukraine. Yet Macierewicz has some secrets. For years he has been editor-in-chief, co-owner and author of the far-right newspaper Głos (Voice), which he also founded. An examination of the publication during Macierewicz’s most active years as its chief reveals numerous anti-Semitic cartoons and articles, some signed by Macierewicz himself.
The Anti-Defamation League has called upon the new Polish Defense Minister to apologize and retract his comments about the anti-Semitic “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”