Rivlin Thanks Serbia Over Restitution Law

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, left, shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbia Palace in Belgrade, Thursday. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has praised Serbia for passing a law that allows for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust.

Rivlin said on Thursday after talks with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic that the 2016 bill should serve as a model for other countries.

Thousands of Serbian Jews perished during Nazi occupation of the Balkan country during World War II.

Rivlin has arrived in Serbia from neighboring Croatia where he met with top officials and visited the site of a WWII concentration camp run by a pro-Nazi puppet regime where tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Roma were killed.

Croatian state broadcasting quoted Rivlin as saying that facing up to crimes of the past is a moral obligation for any society.