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Kaminski 'today against anti-semitism'

The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich has said that the controversial Polish politician Michal Kaminski is "today against anti-semitism".

Speaking on the programme, the rabbi said that Mr Kaminski, an MEP for Poland's Law and Justice party, an ally of the Conservative Party in the European Parliament, was a "complicated person".

Mr Kaminski has courted controversy after criticising calls for an apology on behalf of the Polish people for the massacre of hundreds of Jews in the Polish town of Jedwabne in July 1941. He has also been accused of making anti-semitic remarks.

On the programme Rabbi Schudrich added that although, as a teenager, Mr Kaminski had joined NOP, a Polish political party which was "unfortunately openly anti-semitic and neo-nazi, he also quit that organisation as an teenager".

And he called Mr Kaminski "a strong friend of the state of Israel".

Rabbi Schudrich's comments come a day after the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, and William Hague, the Conservative foreign affairs spokesman, clashed over Mr Kaminski's beliefs.

Mr Miliband referred to what he said was Mr Kaminsky's anti-semitic past, and referred to remarks Rabbi Schuderich had made to the New Statesman magazine which the rabbi later clarified in an email passed on to the Today programme.

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