Wiesenthal Center Applauds Bulgarian Adoption Of IHRA Antisemitism Definition

October 19, 2017

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) today hailed the adoption by Bulgaria of the International Holocaust Authority’s (IHRA) “Working Definition of Antisemitism”

“Bulgaria’s adoption is another step forward in establishing an internationally accepted definition of Antisemitism that gives governments and civil society a common basis for understanding and tackling this problem,” said Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs for the SWC, who introduced and spearheaded the definition’s adoption at IHRA, said, adding, “We also applaud the government's additional step in appointing Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev as National Coordinator on combating antisemitism.”

Weitzman concluded, “The Simon Wiesenthal Center calls upon other European countries to follow Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Romania, Austria, and Germany in immediately adopting the ‘Working Definition of Antisemitism’ and in appointing a national coordinator on antisemitism."

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