The Shalom Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria has condemned the painting of an anti-Semitic slogan on the Soviet Army monument in Sofia on October 31, the Sofia Globe reported.
Vandals scrawled in Bulgarian at the base of the monument the words: “100 years Zionist occupation”. Shalom said that it severely condemns such vandalism and that it sees the message as deliberate anti-Semitism.
“We are strongly opposed to the representation of the presence of the Soviet Army in Bulgaria as a ‘Zionist occupation’, especially in the context of the extreme ideological differences between the political trends of Bolshevism and Zionism,” the organisation said.
2017 marks the centenary of the October revolution that resulted in a communist regime in Russia. Bulgaria, which was allied to Nazi Germany in WWII, was invaded by the Soviet Army in September 1944.