Polish party leader receives anti-Semitic death threat

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — A Polish lawmaker from a political party with a strong anti-racism agenda said her party head received a hand-written, anti-Semitic death threat whose author signed it as “Sniper.”

The note, which is presumably addressed to the leader of the Modern Party, Ryszard Petru, read: “A bird that shits over its nest needs to be shot. Time unknown, Jewish son of a bitch. Sniper.”

Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, a lawmaker for the party headed by Petru, who is not Jewish, on

Monday, published on Twitter a photo of the note.

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Earlier that day, the Modern Party, which in the 2015 election won 30 seats out of 460 in the Polish parliament, presented its program for combating discrimination.

It proposes several steps to increase protection for homosexuals and people with disabilities.

This complements a three-point program to combat hate speech and hate crimes, that features proposed changes to the penal code that would make hate speech against certain groups subject to especially strict punishment.

“Poland has a problem with hate speech and this is visible in soccer matches but not only there,” said Jonny Daniels, founder of the From the Depths group, which promotes Holocaust commemorations in Poland. “Prosecutors often do nothing about it.”

The program presented by the Modern Party and action by other entities in Poland “gives the general hope that the issue will be taken seriously, not as a fringe theme anymore,” said Daniels.

The death threat shows “the seriousness of the issue,” he added, “which most certainly cannot be taken lightly.”

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