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July 21, 2005
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Bulgaria’s top civil appeals court rejected the Jewish community’s claim to land on which a downtown Sofia hotel now stands. The news agency Novinite reported the Supreme Cassation Court had ruled against Shalom, a Bulgarian Jewish communal organization, which had sought compensation or joint ownership of the Rila Hotel. The hotel, worth an estimated $34 million, was built on land where a Jewish school stood before World War II.

A Bulgarian court ruled in 1992 that Shalom was the legal owner of nearly 50 percent of the property, and it ordered that portion of the hotel’s property to be returned. Shalom never received the compensation, however, and in 2000 the hotel was privatized.

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