Equal Rights Pledged to Bulgar Jews

Premier Zlatoff, receiving a delegation of the Jewish consistory today, made it clear that the Bulgarian government thinks highly of its Jewish subjects and intends to maintain its policy of equal rights for them.

“The present regime,” the Premier declared, “adheres unconditionally to the policy of equality of rights for Jews as well as for other national minorities. The present regime will maintain this policy.”

Premier Zlatoff asked that special greetings be conveyed to the Bulgarian Jews now residing in Palestine. These greetings will be delivered by Chaim Farchi, president of the Jewish community of Bulgaria, who is on his way to Palestine to investigate a project for establishing a special colony for Bulgarian Jews there.

The Jewish community in Bulgaria consists of thirty-four local divisions recognized by the government. There are a number of Jewish members in the local municipal councils. The Jewish schools in Bulgaria receive subsidies from the municipality, amounting to $15,000 a year.

The majority of the 50,000 Jews residing in Bulgaria are engaged in small trade and in artisanship. Half of the Jewish population resides in the three larger cities of the country. About thirty per cent of the entire Jewish population are laborers.

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