The Foreign Ministry strongly rejects the anti-Semitic booklet "Civilizations at War in Europe" by Polish MEP Maciej Giertych.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Foreign Ministry strongly rejects the anti-Semitic booklet entitled "Civilizations at War in Europe" by Polish MEP Maciej Giertych, a senior member of the League of Polish Families, the spokesmen of which have previously made anti-Semitic remarks. It should be noted that MEP Giertych’s son, the Chairman of the League, is Polish National Education Minister Roman Giertych. The aforesaid booklet includes anti-Semitic stereotypes that must be clearly and aggressively rejected by all civilized people.

Israeli Ambassador to Poland David Peleg raised the issue this morning (Wednesday), 21 February 2007, with the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister, who expressed the Polish Government’s and the Polish people’s reservations over the booklet. Polish President Lech Kaczynski has issued his reservations over the remarks in the booklet and we expect the Polish Government to issue a similar condemnation.

In this context, Israel wishes to protest that Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Andrzej Lepper, who also serves as Chairman of the Self Defense party, received an honorary doctorate from the anti-Semitic Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP).