Bulgaria’s PM Borissov: ‘Link with Jews is unbreakable’

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The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boiko Borissov, welcomed Robert Singer, the Executive Vice President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), at the Council of Ministers in Sofia today.

Borissov and Singer talked about political and societal subjects, including the status of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, and recent history.

Singer gave Borissov the printed version of an online petition against a Nazi march in Sofia, scheduled for February 17, 2018, which almost 175,000 people from many countries have signed so far.

Robert Singer, Alexander Oscar and Boiko Borissov in Sofia this morning.

The so-called “Lukov March” was not a demonstration against the Jewish community, but against the Bulgarian State, Singer told his host. Bulgaria’s Jewish community, NGOs in the country, but also a growing international coalition, including the WJC, are demanding an effective ban of the Nazi event.

Prime Minister Borissov said, the link between Bulgarians and Jews was unbreakable. As an example, the mentioned the events in 1943, during which Christian Orthodox priests and other non-Jewish Bulgarians with courage prevented the deportation of the country’s Jews.

In an interview with The Sofia Globe, Singer said the Bulgarian Jewish community was small but thriving, with an incredibly active leadership. Among others, he meant Sofia Cohen, the Head of the Central Israelite Spiritual Council, and Alexander Oscar, President of Shalom, who was also present at today’s meeting with Borissov.

Photos by Solomon Frances.

The interview with Rober Singer can be read here.

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