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Poland-Israel. Ministers of Education and Science – Przemysław Czarnek and Jo’aw Kisz – signed a declaration on youth meetings

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The ministers of education and science of Poland and Israel signed a declaration on youth meetings. – We need excellent relations between Poland and Israel, but relations that will be future-proof, and these must be built by our young inhabitants of Poland and Israel – said Minister Czarnek. His Israeli counterpart Yo’aw Kish added that the agreement was for the two nations to “learn from each other about their common history and past and act together.”

– This is an agreement that seems to finally end the period of our talks regarding the restoration of visits by Israeli youth in Poland and Polish youth in Israel – said the Minister of Education and Science Przemyslaw Czarnek during Wednesday’s press conference.

He noted that “the agreement is bilateral and partnership”. – We need excellent relations between Poland and Israel, but relations that will be future-proof, and these must be built by our young inhabitants of Poland and Israel – said Minister Czarnek. He pointed out that in the signed document there is a provision that young people from both countries must “first of all learn about our common culture and the common history of the two nations that lived in this place”.

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He stipulated that “it is not by chance – and this is mentioned in many speeches of our friends from Israel – for centuries in Poland and in these lands, also during the partitions, 2/3 of the Jewish population lived.” He also said that “Poland was, is and will always be a space of freedom, also in this religious dimension.” – It was here that Jews from all over the world found a space to live, because this was a space of freedom and we want to cultivate, develop and transfer this space of freedom into the future – he stressed.

The presidents of Poland, Germany and Israel bowed before the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw

He announced that joint contacts between Polish and Israeli youth are the way to achieve this. – Getting to know the common history, the history of Poland, the history of Poland with the Jewish people living here, as well as by getting to know the current country – Poland and Israel with the current economic situation, current culture, current traditions and current openness to the future. All this is part of the study trips of Israeli youth – explained Minister Czarnek.

He mentioned that the first such trip after a long period takes place now, on the occasion of the March of the Living and the 80th anniversary of the ghetto uprising. – I am convinced that Polish youth will also visit Israel in the near future – he said.

Ministers of Education and Science of Israel and Poland – Jo’aw Kisz and Przemysław Czarnek – during a meeting in the building of the Ministry of National Education and Science in WarsawPAP/Tomasz Gzell

Israel’s Minister of Education: Let’s remember the past and act together in the future

The Minister of Education of Israel, Jo’aw Kish, also spoke of his satisfaction with the fact that an agreement had been reached with the Polish Ministry of Education and Science.

– It is very important for us to educate our youth – to bring them here to see the places where the Nazis, the Nazis wanted to make a final solution to the so-called Jewish question – he said.

Jo’aw Kish invited Polish youth to Israel to show them the Holy Land. He also invited the head of the Polish MEiN, Przemysław Czarnek, to Jerusalem. – It will be my great pleasure to show you our country, within the scope of what this agreement is about – so that (our – ed.) nations learn from each other about their common history and past and act together. There is always room for more, he said.

In mid-June last year, the Israeli Ministry of Education announced the cancellation of educational trips to Poland for high school students. The Ministry justified its decision on the grounds that problems had arisen which prevented students from being properly and safely informed while traveling. As communicated Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is not possible to return to the previous rules of trips for Jewish youth with the participation of armed Israeli services. In March, the Ministry of Diplomacy announced that as part of negotiations between the Polish and Israeli governments, a preliminary agreement had been reached on a cooperation agreement in the field of study visits by organized youth groups.

Main photo source: PAP/Tomasz Gzell



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