ADL Commends Decision of Bulgarian Government to Adopt Working Definition of Anti-Semitism

New York, NY, October 23, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the decision by the Bulgarian government and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov to adopt the working definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and to appoint a National Coordinator for Combating Anti-Semitism.

“The adoption of this definition throughout Europe is of great significance to Jewish organizations, and the Bulgarian government’s decision provided momentum for further progress,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Bulgaria is proud of their historic role in saving its Jewish community during the Holocaust, and their nation continues to serve as a model for Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish communities living together in harmony.”

While anti-Semitic incidents are rare in Bulgaria, ADL polling of attitudes among the Bulgarian population in 2014 showed a relatively high number of people who believe in anti-Semitic stereotypes. Nearly 2.7 million Bulgarians or 44 percent of the adult population harbored anti-Semitic attitudes, according to ADL’s Global 100 Poll. Improving that situation requires a comprehensive approach, which includes education, political leadership, and a zero tolerance policy in hate crime law enforcement

“The decisions taken by your government … build on a legacy of actively rejecting anti-Semitism,” Mr. Greenblatt wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, which commended the government’s latest steps.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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