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Poland: Priest Denies Anti-Semitic Statement

Warsaw, 29 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - Father Henryk Jankowski, a prominent Polish clerical figure close to former President Lech Walesa, is denying he made an anti-Semitic statement in his sermon Sunday.

Jankowski said his sermon, delivered on Sunday, was distorted by the media.

He said he is an opponent of anti-Semitic views and that his clerical activities are guided by faith and concern for Poland.

Polish media quoted Jankowski as saying that members of the tiny Jewish minority should not be accepted in the new government.

His statement was taken as a reference to Bronislaw Geremek who is of Jewish descent. Geremek is a candidate for the job of foreign minister.