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Your Daily Spiel For June 27

The entrance to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel. DEROR AVI PHOTO

The majority of lawmakers in the lower house of Poland’s parliament voted in support of scrapping criminal liability from the law which forbids blaming Polish people for crimes committed by Germany during the Second World War. The original law mandated up to three years in prison for offenders, but under the amendment, there would be no prison time for the offence.

Prince William visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem yesterday. The prince wrote in the museum’s guestbook, “We must never forget the Holocaust — the murder of 6 million men, women and children, simply because they were Jewish. We all have a responsibility to remember and to teach future generations about the horrors of the past so that they can never reoccur.”

Shoshanna Nambi is studying to become the first female rabbi from Uganda. In the fall, she will begin her first year of studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the reform movement’s seminary in Jerusalem. She worries that her community will not be able to financially support a rabbi, since they struggle to have clean water and electricity, which will make it difficult for her to return.

Using courts to fight anti-Semitism is proving to be effective for a British organization called Campaign Against Antisemitism. One of the group’s mandates is to use British courts to ensure that if someone commits an anti-Semitic act there will be consequences, be they criminal, professional, or financial.

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