Henryk Zielinski, above, Editor-in-Chief of the Polish Catholic weekly Idziemy, caused outrage at the weekend when he said that some of the biblical stories believed by Jews ‘have nothing to do with facts’.
That’s really rich – especially coming from a Catholic.
According to this report, speaking during an interview with TVP Zielinski said that Jews have:
A completely different system of values, a different concept of truth. For us, the truth corresponds to facts. For the Jew, truth means something that conforms to his understanding of what’s beneficial. If a Jew is religious, then truth means something God wants.
In non-religious Jews:
The truth is subjective or whatever serves Israel’s interests.
Zielinski cited the Haggadah — a text read by Jews at the Passover Seder, which contains the story of the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt.
Often these stories have nothing to do with facts.
The interviewer, Michal Karnowski, did not contest Zielinski’s assertions.
Not surprisingly, Poland’s Union of Jewish Communities immediately registered a complaint, saying that his remarks violated the National Council of Radio and Television principles for content on public media, including its ban on ideas that:
Incite to hatred or discriminate on the grounds of race, disability, gender, religion or nationality.
The interview with Zielinski comes amid an increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric following a row between Poland and Israel, as well as with international Jewish groups, on a law passed in Poland last month that limits rhetoric on the Holocaust.