The Auschwitz main gate. Photo: Omar Marques / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

A new bill passed by Poland's Senate on Thursday would make it illegal to refer to concentration camps like Auschwitz, which was in Nazi-occupied Poland, as "Polish death camps," or to "accuse Poles of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany." CNN reports.

Why it matters: The bill is fiercely opposed by Israel, and the World Holocaust Remembrance Center has said it ignores "historical truths regarding the assistance the Germans received from the Polish population during the Holocaust."

  • The legislation now needs to be signed by President Andrzej Duda, who "previously expressed his support."
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, has criticized the bill: "One cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied."
  • Barack Obama used the phrase "Polish death camps" in 2012, sparking this reaction from Donald Tusk, Poland's then-Prime Minister and the current European Council President, per CNN: "When someone says 'Polish death camps,' it is as if there were no Nazis, no German responsibility, as if there was no Hitler. That is why our Polish sensitivity in these situations is so much more than just simply a feeling of national pride."

Axios contributor Barak Ravid reports that "the option of recalling the Israeli ambassador from Warsaw is on the table but no final decision at the moment."

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Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, just hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Driving the news: Metrosafe, the city's emergency services, said it received reports of a shooting at South Brook St. and Broadway Ave., near the area where protests were taking place. A police spokesperson told a press briefing the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned the grand jury indictment of a Louisville police officer who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March in a botched drug raid that led to her death, saying in a statement the decision "does not answer" for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."

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