Polish president to sign Holocaust bill

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) Poland's president says he will sign into law a controversial proposal to outlaw blaming Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust.

But in an unusual move, President Andrzej Duda also said Tuesday he will ask the country's constitutional court to evaluate the bill and suggest possible amendments.

The measure, passed by Polish lawmakers, will impose prison terms of up to three years for statements blaming Poles as a nation for World War II crimes committed by Nazi Germany.

It has caused a diplomatic crisis with Israel, which fears it will enable Poland to whitewash the role of Poles who killed or denounced Jews to Germans during the German occupation of Poland during World War II.

The United States also strongly opposes the legislation, saying it could hurt Poland's strategic relations with Israel and the U.S.