The European Jewish Congress firmly condemns the acts of antisemitic vandalism that have defaced the walls of the „Dimcho Debelianov“ Jewish School in the city of SofiaThe European Jewish Congress firmly condemns the acts of antisemitic vandalism that have defaced the walls of the „Dimcho Debelianov“ Jewish School in the city of Sofia

22.03.2010, 14:55  →  Новини    

IMGP6434.JPGThe European Jewish Congress, in solidarity with SHALOM, the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria, firmly condemns the acts of antisemitic vandalism that have defaced the walls of the „Dimcho Debelianov“ Jewish School in the city of Sofia.

Antisemitism has no place in democracies such as Bulgaria that, like other member countries of the European Union, has strong legislation against racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and related intolerances.

In times of political and economic uncertainty, governments and law-enforcement agencies must do their utmost to prevent and fight against the spread of hatred and racism.

Declaration of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom”

On 21.03.2010, the International Day for Elimination of Race Discrimination, vandals violated the building of 134 school “Dimcho Debelianov” in Sofia. In this school the children with Jewish origin in the capital study their mother tongue – Hebrew. The vandal act is made in a moment, in which Bulgaria is in hard economical situation and the society is specially vulnerable to such deeds. The vandalism to the building of the Jewish school does not affect only the Jewish community in Bulgaria. This act affects hundreds of children and their parents, who are not with Jewish origin, but study in this school. Bulgarian citizens, who do not want such deeds to destroy the fragile social and economic stability in the state, are also affected. This has influence on the image of Bulgaria in front of outside world and damages the good name of the tolerant Bulgarian people and society in front of world Jewish community, which is sensitive to the acts of xenophobia and anti-Semitism. This vandal act is made a week before Jewish holiday Pesach and the Christian Easter. In the days, when all people, without difference in ethnos or religion, have to open their hearts for the good, the vandals sow hate. Hate, which verges on terrorism.

Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” believes that the police and other bodies will do their job professionally and actively. But we, once again, appeal to Bulgarian politicians to express definite political position about the acts of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, which became more frequent. We have to realize that hate, especially with vandalism, is directed to all Bulgarian people and society and is dangerous factor for destabilization of the situation in the state.

We appeal to the citizens and the citizen society to react definitely against such acts and not forget, that who sows hate today, reaps storms tomorrow.IMGP6434.JPGThe European Jewish Congress, in solidarity with SHALOM, the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria, firmly condemns the acts of antisemitic vandalism that have defaced the walls of the „Dimcho Debelianov“ Jewish School in the city of Sofia.

Antisemitism has no place in democracies such as Bulgaria that, like other member countries of the European Union, has strong legislation against racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and related intolerances.

In times of political and economic uncertainty, governments and law-enforcement agencies must do their utmost to prevent and fight against the spread of hatred and racism.

Declaration of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom”

On 21.03.2010, the International Day for Elimination of Race Discrimination, vandals violated the building of 134 school “Dimcho Debelianov” in Sofia. In this school the children with Jewish origin in the capital study their mother tongue – Hebrew. The vandal act is made in a moment, in which Bulgaria is in hard economical situation and the society is specially vulnerable to such deeds. The vandalism to the building of the Jewish school does not affect only the Jewish community in Bulgaria. This act affects hundreds of children and their parents, who are not with Jewish origin, but study in this school. Bulgarian citizens, who do not want such deeds to destroy the fragile social and economic stability in the state, are also affected. This has influence on the image of Bulgaria in front of outside world and damages the good name of the tolerant Bulgarian people and society in front of world Jewish community, which is sensitive to the acts of xenophobia and anti-Semitism. This vandal act is made a week before Jewish holiday Pesach and the Christian Easter. In the days, when all people, without difference in ethnos or religion, have to open their hearts for the good, the vandals sow hate. Hate, which verges on terrorism.

Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” believes that the police and other bodies will do their job professionally and actively. But we, once again, appeal to Bulgarian politicians to express definite political position about the acts of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, which became more frequent. We have to realize that hate, especially with vandalism, is directed to all Bulgarian people and society and is dangerous factor for destabilization of the situation in the state.

We appeal to the citizens and the citizen society to react definitely against such acts and not forget, that who sows hate today, reaps storms tomorrow.