Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki listens during a press conference on the sidelines of a Visegrad group countries (V4) and Germany Summit at Bratislava Castle on February 7, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (AFP)
Updated 17 February 2019

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

  • Netanyahu made an off-hand comment last week during a conference in Warsaw that “Poles cooperated with the Nazis”

WARSAW: A Polish government official says Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a meeting in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions between the two countries over how to remember Polish behavior during the Holocaust.
Michal Dworczyk, who heads Morawiecki’s chancellery, announced the change of plans on Sunday.
Netanyahu made an off-hand comment last week during a Middle East conference in Warsaw that “Poles cooperated with the Nazis” — wording suggesting some Poles during the German occupation of Poland participated in killing Jews.
He was initially quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying “the Poles,” which could be taken as blaming the entire Polish nation.
Both Netanyahu’s office and the newspaper say he was misquoted in an editing error, but the Polish government said it was not satisfied.


US posts new record daily virus caseload of more than 65,000

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US posts new record daily virus caseload of more than 65,000

  • US has registered a total caseload of more than 3.1 million, with 133,195 deaths

WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday posted 65,551 new coronavirus cases, a record for a 24-hour period, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The previous daily record was Tuesday, at more than 60,200 cases in one day.
For a third day in a row, US deaths climbed by more than 800, the highest levels seen since early June, according to the tally. Florida reported a record increase of 120 deaths and California had 136 new fatalities, not far from a record of 149 set the previous day, according to the tally.

With California, Florida and Texas recently breaking records, hopes are fading for an economic rival and US stocks closed down about 1% as investors worry another lockdown will cripple businesses.
Even outside the nation’s three most populous states, cases are rising. Alabama, Montana and Wisconsin recorded their biggest one-day rise in cases ever on Thursday. Infections are increasing in 41 out of 50 states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.
The United States, the hardest-hit in the world by the pandemic, has a total caseload of more than 3.1 million, with 133,195 deaths, making some Americans hesitant to return to public spaces and patronize businesses despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to downplay the risks.
US President Donald Trump's re- election campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20 has been tagged by the head of the Tulsa-County Health Department to have "likely contributed"' to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases in the state.