(JNS.org) In the wake of the terrorist explosion of a bus carrying Israelis in Bulgaria July 18, members of country’s small Jewish community are increasing their security measures.
“We used to convene without a shred of fear in the Jewish community’s buildings... I guess we had been unprepared. Things will have to change from now on. We thought something like this could not happen in Bulgaria,” Kamen Petrov, vice president of Maccabi Bulgaria, told the Forward.
Bulgaria’s Jewish community already increased its security arrangements in February, after getting warnings that a bomb was found on a charter bus for Israelis traveling from the Turkish border to a Bulgarian ski resort.
“We took the alerts seriously and upped security, but the Bulgarian authorities were dismissive...Some argued Bulgaria was immune because it had such excellent relations and cultural attachment to Muslim populations. I am deeply disappointed in how the authorities handled this,” said Martin Levi, vice chairman of the Jewish community in the Bulgarian city of Sofia.