Israeli ambassador hosts Polish priest accused of anti-Semitism

By JTA
September 11, 2016 13:29

Israel’s ambassador in Poland hosted a Catholic priest who runs a radio station that the US State Department has called a main purveyor of anti-Semitism.

Tadeusz Rydzyk, the director of Radio Maryja, visited the embassy Wednesday, the embassy reported on its website, where he met with Ambassador Anna Azari for an hour.

According to a US State Department report from 2008, “Radio Maryja is one of Europe’s most blatantly anti-Semitic media venues.” A Council of Europe report stated that Radio Maryja has been “openly inciting to anti-Semitism for several years.”

In July 2007, Rydzyk was recorded making “a number of anti-Semitic slurs,” the report also stated. Rydzyk said Jews were pushing the Polish government to pay exorbitant private property restitution claims, and that Poland’s President was “in the pocket of the Jewish lobby,” according to the report.


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