Allegedly anti-Semitic Suspect Arrested in Polish Bomb Plot
On Tuesday, Polish officials said that law enforcement officers had arrested a researcher, who allegedly had plans to blow up the Polish parliament. According to CBS News, the suspect was a 45-year-old male, employed at Krakow’s University of Agriculture. He was also, according to CBS, known for his anti-Semitic and nationalistic views.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the suspect was a fan of Anders Brevik, the Norweigan man who killed 8 people after bombing governmental buildings in Oslo and then slaughtered over youths when he opened fire on a Labour Party youth camp on Utøya island.
The Chronicle reports that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that the suspect “didn’t hide his fascination with Breivik.” It also reports that while the suspect had “nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic views” he was not a member of a political party.
According to The Jewish Daily Forward, a spokesman for the Polish government, Pawel Gras said, “We know that possible targets were to be the president, the parliament, and the government.”
The Forward also reports that the suspect had begun to assemble “a small arsenal”, with which to carry out his plot. It allegedly contained explosives, remote controlled detonators and guns. According to Reuters, prosecutors claim that the suspect “planned to blow up a bomb” in the Polish capital.
Reuters also reports that the suspect had assembled his explosives himself and that one Polish official called the suspect “a specialist in the field.”
While Prime Minister Tusk said that the suspect had not hidden his fascination with Brevik, the dean of the university for which the suspect worked said that he had no idea the suspect was involved in criminal activity. Indeed, Reuters quotes him as saying, “It never occurred to us that at our school there could be a person involved in such matters. There were no indications from his co-workers that anything unusual was happening.”
This is not the first time anti-Semitism has made the news in Poland this month. Just a week ago, The Times of Israel reported that ‘young Polish nationalists and anti-Semitic rightists” were calling for the overthrow of Poland during Poland’s Independence Day march.
According to The Times, they carried anti-Semitic symbols, including green flags that had been carried by anti-Semites in pre-war Poland. The Times also reported that they placed flowers on the grave of Roman Dmowski, known for helping Poland regain its independence, but also for his intensely anti-Semitic views. Dmowski, says The Times, considered Jews to be “one of the greatest enemies of Poland.”
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