The section on anti-Semitism in Bulgaria in the US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor on Human Rights Practices for 2017 does not accurately convey the position of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom”.
The report, released on April 20 2017, states: “The Organization of Bulgarian Jews Shalom indicated that during the year there were no extreme acts of anti-Semitism but expressed concern over government inaction and political leaders’ passivity in addressing minor acts”.
This does not correctly reflect the position of “Shalom”. In fact, we state that we are highly concerned about an increase in anti-Semitic incidents and statements in Bulgaria, and are equally highly concerned about the inaction of certain authorities that should respond, and in turn, the failure by most leaders of political forces to denounce such incidents and statements.
It is a matter of record that “Shalom” has praised the efforts of the government and of the National Co-ordinator for Combating Anti-Semitism to counteract anti-Semitism. However, much work remains to be done.
In regard to the April 20 2017 report by the US State Department, “Shalom” would highly appreciate steps being taken as quickly as possible so that our position is stated correctly.