Desecration of the Hanukkah Menorah
MP lost immunity after fire extinguisher attack
January 17, 2024, 10:37 pm
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A Hanukkah Menorah stands at the entrance to the Polish Parliament, marking the Jewish Festival of Lights. But a right-wing radical M.P. Disagreeing with this, he extinguishes the burning candles with a fire extinguisher. The politician is now facing legal consequences for the attack.
Poland's parliament has lifted the immunity of a right-wing lawmaker who used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the candles of a Hanukkah menorah set up in the parliament lobby in December. Parliament in Warsaw paved the way for a possible prosecution of Grzegorz Braun from the Ultranationalist Confederation Party.
A seven-armed candelabrum was set up in the parliament lobby in Warsaw in December to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Jews commemorate the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the revolt against the Greeks in 164 BC. Brown extinguished the candles with a fire extinguisher. The move left the entire parliament chamber a smokescreen. A confidence vote has been delayed to confirm Prime Minister Donald Tusk's current pro-European government.
The incident created a lot of excitement and hype. Tusk spoke of a “shame” that should never be repeated. “What happened is simply disgusting,” said Simon Holonia, the speaker of parliament. “There is zero tolerance for anti-Semitism” in Parliament.
Brown was suspended from meetings and fined. The Polish public prosecutor's office opened an investigation. According to his own statements, he was an M.P. He wants to charge her with, among other things, vandalism to property and desecration of a religious object. The removal of MP's parliamentary immunity has now made way for such a move.
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