Monday, May 2, 2016

Poland: Ex-Polish president Walesa ‘regrets’ he is not Jewish, told to go to Israel

Via Times of Israel (h/t Honestly Concerned):
Last week, one of the page’s followers asked Walesa whether he is Jewish, explaining that he understood that Walesa’s real name is Lejb Kohne.

Walesa denied that he is Jewish. “In my family there was no Jewish blood, which I accept with regret,” he wrote. “If I was single and younger I would fix this historic mistake.” He also assured those reading the post that he is not circumcised, which “can be checked.”

“I would like to be a part of the Chosen People but I am not,” the post said.

In comments in response to his post some said that Walesa does not need to clarify his religion. Another wrote that “if we are all descended from Adam and Eve, we are all Jews.” There is also a comment that criticized Walesa, saying that if he would like to belong to the Chosen People he is not proud of being Polish. Another comment said: “Go to Israel.”

When Walesa competed in Poland’s presidential elections in 1990 he suggested that his opponent, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, was Jewish. This reportedly was done in order to discredit Mazowiecki in the eyes of the voters. Mazowiecki presented a certificate from a bishop that showed his family had been Catholic since the 15th century. Nevertheless, Mazowiecki’s election posters were vandalized with Stars of David, and people gathered at election rallies shouted “Walesa for president! Down with the Jews and Mazowiecki!”

Walesa was president of Poland from 1990 to 1995. In 1983, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting communism.

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