There is a HUGE problem with the coverage that Poland's Independence day has received in Israel and in the wider west. The usual far-left media, the same media that lies NON STOP about Israel and calls almost any patriotic movement "far-right" has decided to portray 60,000 Poles with flags as Nazis. It's quite clear most Polls are fans of neither Nazis or Communists or any other totalitarian systems (like the EU today).
I walked around 6km across Warsaw on Friday night (the eve of Independence day) and as I walked I saw many people including families arriving in the city and going to accommodation with suitcases. They were all wearing Polish flag hats and scarves.
(photograph from Rebel media)
I spent a couple of hours with Tommy Robinson and the others from Rebel Media. They stayed and attended the rally. I'll watch THEIR coverage when they post it probably later today or tomorrow. Until then I'm certainly not calling everyone in Poland a Nazi. Especially as I spent a few hours in the Warsaw Uprising Museum - which is all about how the Poles fought back against the Nazis (finally, and too long after the Jews had been exterminated from Warsaw).
I'm sure there are some nasty, Jew hating Poles in that huge crowd but then there are plenty of those at the UK Labour Party conference too! I'm also pretty sure that doesn't define their march. They are proud of Poland! Pride in one's country, just like we have here in Israel on Yom Ha'atmaut in Israel is an absolute ANATHEMA to the far-left who would eradicate all nations in their insane globalist dreams.
So don't fall for the far-left media crap, and I'm very disappointed that The Israel Project (in this example) is pushing this kind of crap out without the necessary thought.
Thanks for this reasoned counterpoint to the hysterical coverage by the MSM. Just one point: Poland was the only country which fought against Nazi Germany from the first day of the war to the last, both inside and outside Poland. The Polish resistance numbered almost 400,000 combatants (one of the largest in occupied Europe) who were active for the duration of the war but were an "underground" army. The Warsaw Uprising in 1944 was when they came out into the open to wage open warfare against the Germans. Thanks again for your article.
Thank you for clarifying this massive fake news media attack launched on Polish patriots. Being a person that is concerned with supremacism, antisemitism and other forms of hate i've been looking for evidence of such during the march. For all 60,000 participants i only found three controversial banners with white supremacy symbolism. I hope this will be prosecuted. However i couldn't find evidence of chanting "Jews out of Poland", also many "news" about this march related to events from two years ago. Very bad and unfair journalism! i think this march is becoming more and more civilized every year and it's a good platform to meet young hot headed people like football fans and teach them polite manifestation and what real patriotism should be about.
Hello Brian of London, Thank you for confirming my suspicions that the coverage of this event was just part of the usual media spin against Poland. But I wonder why you added a "finally" in this sentence: "which is all about how the Poles fought back against the Nazis (finally, and too long after the Jews had been exterminated from Warsaw)."? Is it a PC-rule that every article about Poland/Poles/Polonians must contain a measure of vilification? Of course I do realise that a lot of effort has gone in to putting us on the "unter" page in The Handbook of Political Correctness. But what all those Poles who resisted from Day 1, and all those Poles like my dear aged father, who made it across occupied Europe to join the Polish army in the UK and join the fight? Have they too been sent down the Memory Hole? On the doubleplusgood side, we have at least had a powerful, upclose and personal lesson in the wisdom of staying out of it and staying neutral. The countries that managed to do so during WW2 did not suffer as Poland did, nor do they come in for this continual vilification. regards from sue of sussex
Read international correspondent, Andrew Borowiec's gripping "Warsaw Boy", about the Warsaw Uprising, an inspiring autobiographical history of that desperate battle against the Nazis from the point of view of a 15 year old fighter. The Poles begged their Jewish comrades to join the fight, but many Jews were reluctant - two millennia of powerlessness left its mark. Thank God we finally got redemption in Israel. Many Poles were anti-Semites, but please do not minimize their bravery during World War II.
Brian of London
To Sue and "jewdog", I'll be honest my knowledge of Poland's WWII history was and still is deficient. I've only now come to realise the scale of Poland's resitence to Nazi occupation and I'm also aware (though I haven't read the book I need to read) about the huge divisions in the Jewish community between communist sympathisers and what I'd call more sane Jewish voices. Funnily enough I used to live in London very near the memorial to the Polish Air Squadron who were based at an airfield nearby. I was a little bit surprised that the Uprising Museum seemed to have nothing to say about the liquidation of Polish Jewry and the Warsaw Ghetto by the Nazis - if there was a room or a panel there, I missed it. I am not someone that goes around looking for antisemitism everywhere. I tend not to even use that euphemistic term because I find if I call it Jew hatred, I tend to think much more carefully before I call someone a Jew hater. The rubbish written about that march in Poland has opened my eyes even wider. I see exactly the same demonisation of Poland and the Polish people who turned out to express healthy pride in their nation as I see in the way Jews and Israelis are treated. I won't edit my post, but your criticism are noted and valid.