LISTEN: How Netanyahu’s Polish Pandering Paved the Way for the Restitution Crisis

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Haaretz Weekend
Far right demonstrators protest against the U.S. Senate's 447 bill, a law intended to support the restitution of Jewish property abandoned after the Holocaust, in Warsaw  in 2019.
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Far right demonstrators protest against the U.S. Senate's 447 bill, a law intended to support the restitution of Jewish property abandoned after the Holocaust, in Warsaw in 2019.Credit: AFP
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Haaretz Weekend

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz correspondent Ofer Aderet and Gideon Taylor, the head of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, to discuss the crisis between Israel and Poland over a new law that prevents Holocaust survivors from regaining property seized after World War II.

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We ask: What's behind the new law and why did Israel - and the Jewish establishment - react with such fury? Is the law antisemitic or, as the Poles claim, merely an attempt to end the chaos over confiscated property? And what are the practical ramifications, if any, of the diplomatic spat the law sparked?

PLUS: Television critic Adrian Hennigan talks about "Ridley Road," a new four-part thriller from the BBC, set in the East End of London in the 1960s, where far-right fascism is on the rise. We ask: Can and should non-Jewish actors play characters whose central identity is their Jewishness?

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