Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, in New York for the UN General Assembly opening session, has associated himself with #No2Antisemitism campaign by the Israeli mission to the UN.
The campaign is an initiative by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, who has called on world leaders and ambassadors to be photographed or videoed at a kiosk at the entrance to the UN building, to back the campaign.
Campaign slogans “united against anti-Semitism,” “anti-Semitism has no place in our world,” “we were not born to hate,” and “make your voice heard against anti-Semitism.”
In a Facebook post, Borissov said: “The Bulgarian people have shown that they knew how to protect their Jews at the time of the Second World War and will never allow any antisemitism in the future”.
At the time of the Holocaust, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, political and civil society leaders as well as ordinary people successfully resisted a plan by the pro-Nazi government of Bulgaria, an ally of Hitler’s Axis, to deport Bulgarian Jews to be murdered in the Nazi death camps.
Bulgaria marks in 2018 the 75th anniversary of the prevention of the deportation of the Bulgarian Jews, and the deportation of 11 343 Jews from territories in neighbouring countries then under Bulgarian administration, who were murdered at Treblinka.
As reported by YNet News, Danon said that Israel and the Jews are still a target of antisemitism under the guise of anti-Zionism. “We must act with all our resources to combat modern anti-Semitism in order to guarantee the security of the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora,” he said.
“The campaign is part of Israeli hasbara (PR) efforts in the world and allows world leaders to convey an important message against anti-Semitism to their millions of social media followers.”