Jews have threatened the Polish government that they will organize international sanctions against that country over the inclusion of two pro-White parties in the ruling collation of Poland. "This is really a step backwards," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who met with Polish officials in New York. "Poland worked so hard to address the past and they will now face a serious test."
Foxman and Serge Cwajgenbaum, secretary general of the European Jewish Congress, urged the Polish president and the prime minister to ask the leaders of the two parties to condemn anti-Semitism.
"If there are further anti-Semitic or xenophobic comments, we will then consider calling for European Union sanctions, but for now, we are waiting to see what happens," Cwajgenbaum said. (Illustration: a rally of the Samoobrona party in Poland, one of the groups that Jews hate).
The “wait-and-see” attitude contrasted with the reaction six years ago when the Freedom Party was invited into a coalition government in Austria, prompting fierce denunciations from Jewish groups and an unprecedented decision by the E.U. to slap sanctions on one of its members.
Poland's conservative Law and Justice Party, which garnered the most votes but failed to secure a majority in legislative elections a few months ago, reached a deal with the populist Samoobrona, or "Self Defense," party and the ultra-Catholic and nationalist League of Polish Families.
Self-Defense leader Andrzej Lepper and his League of Polish Families counterpart, Roman Giertyck, were appointed deputy prime ministers, as well as, respectively, agricultural minister and education minister.
Self-Defense also obtained the labor and construction ministries, while the League of Polish Families was put in charge of a newly created maritime ministry.
Foxman expressed particular concern over the nomination of Giertyck as education minister. Giertyck is a devout Catholic who has staunchly criticized homosexuality, euthanasia and abortion. He has also spoken out against Poland adopting the euro currency.
In addition, Jewish groups claim his party has used anti-Jewish rhetoric—such as railing against "Judeo-Communist" plots—and has close ties to Radio Maryja, a controversial Roman Catholic radio station.
Polish prosecutors opened an investigation earlier this month into a Radio Maryja commentator who accused Jews in a late March broadcast of making a "business" of Holocaust reparation payments.
Self-Defense called for Poland's accession agreement to the E.U. to be renegotiated, for greater government control over the country's central bank and for higher unemployment benefits.
Moreover, Lepper has expressed support for French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen and praised Adolf Hitler's economic policies, according to the ADL. He also received an honorary doctorate from MAUP, a private
Ukrainian university that gave the same award to David Duke and today is the main source of pro-White material in the Ukraine.
Last week, Foxman sent a letter to Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz urging him to reject the coalition deal with the two small parties, expressing concern that their inclusion in the government "will make Poland vulnerable to intolerance and bigotry, with a consequent negative impact on the country's international reputation."
"We recognize that Poland requires a stable majority government," Foxman wrote. "At the same time, a government which rests on bigots and extremists for its support can offer only instability to the great nation of Poland and to