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The Polish envoy, Piotr Kozlowski, told reporters after his meeting at the Foreign Ministry that "the intent of the law is by no means to whitewash the history but to safeguard the truth about the Holocaust and prevent its distortion".

The lower house of the Polish parliament's bill calls for prison time for referring to "Polish death camps" and criminalizes the mention of Polish complicity. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the law was "ridiculous, I oppose it". The United States Holocaust Museum said it was "deeply concerned" over the bill which, if it becomes law, would "chill a free and open dialogue addressing Poland's history during the Holocaust".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday night that Israel and Poland have agreed to hold talks seeking to resolve the uproar over proposed Polish legislation that would outlaw blaming Poland for any crimes committed during the Holocaust.

The country was jolted again last week during a television report on Polish men going holding a secret celebration honoring the birthday of Adolf Hitler, whose Third Reich murdered six million Poles, including three million Jews.

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, said in a statement that the phrase "Polish death camps" is a "historical misrepresentation".

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The legislation, created to make it clear that Nazi Germany is responsible for the crimes against humanity that took place in the camps, calls for calls for prison sentences of up to three years. Every crime, every offense, must be condemned. "The extermination camps were set up in Nazi-occupied Poland in order to murder the Jewish people within the framework of the 'Final Solution'". "Among the Poles there were some who aided the Nazis".

Stanisław Karczewski, the speaker of the Polish senate, said on Sunday he would meet with Israeli Ambassador Anna Azari for a conversation "to eliminate doubts about the German death camps".

Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki, the author of the bill, responded to Israel's criticism on Twitter by saying claims that Poles were "co-responsible" for the Holocaust were "proof of how necessary this bill is". "There were Polish death camps and no law can ever change that", Lapid tweeted on Saturday afternoon. Auschwitz-Birkenau was a place of unimaginable horror and tragedy, and it - but we must remember what happened there and in similar camps under the Nazi reign of terror.

The latest uproar surrounding him came after Gross asserted in 2015 that Poles killed more Jews than Germans during the war.

Trump's choice to appear instead at a World War II monument to a later non-Jewish rebellion against the German occupiers for a July speech ignited a debate on Poland's memory of the Holocaust and recent rightward drift.