WJC Exposes Antisemitism of Neo-Nazi Lukov March Supporters on Social Media

The World Jewish Congress has released a detailed report exposing on social media the antisemitic nature of the ultra-nationalist promoters and participants of the Lukov March in Bulgaria.

The Lukov March is a torch-lit demonstration that brings neo-Nazis from across Europe to the capital Sofia each February in honor of General Hristo Lukov, a Nazi collaborator whose movement sent over 11,300 Jews to their deaths at the Nazi death camp of Treblinka. This year’s Lukov March will take place on the streets of Sofia on Saturday, February 16th.

The organizers of the Lukov march claim not to be antisemitic, but the comments posted on its official Facebook page show a strong disdain for the Bulgarian Jewish community and Jews as whole.

One post by the organizers of the Facebook page reacted to the WJC’s efforts in 2018 to stop the march and targeted CEO Executive Vice President Robert Singer, using typical antisemitic language.

“No mister, with a name of a brand of sewing machines, the problem of Bulgaria is not Lukovmarch. The problem is that there are people with too long noses like you, who are burning with desire, snooping where they do not belong. But be sure that whatever you do, General. Lukov will receive a worthy honor from the Bulgarian youth!”

Dozens of racist and hateful comments were written on the post by the followers of the page. Many were clearly antisemitic in nature and tone, including:

  • Jews are the ones who sow hate in the world! Crafty and cheeky!”
  • “These Jews want to be everywhere, they are so busybody. And then they wonder why everyone hates them.”

WJC CEO Robert Singer responded to the Lukov March Facebook page saying:

“It is extremely disconcerting to see that in 2019, neo-Nazis continue to attack Jews with hate speech and conspiracy theories, and even more appalling that their claims of innocence to that regard enable such demonstrations to continue.”

Last year, the WJC secured more than 180,000 signatures from around the world on an online petition in a huge showing urging the Bulgarian government to ban the Lukov March. Still, the event will go forward this year as planned.

Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/2StFT0n