The city, also known by the name of Berea, was once home to a Jewish community, as recounted in the Bible's New Testament.
In March 1943, Monastir’s Jews suffered genocide when the Nazis deported 98% of their people to Treblinka. None returned.
What began as a token stint resulted in multiple diplomatic spats and the country’s worst-ever wave of public antisemitic rhetoric.
The campaign was done in coordination with the the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Bitula Monstir Community Heritage Association and the Center for Jewish Impact.
“The task of combating antisemitism is pressing, especially as we have seen a disturbing uptick during the pandemic," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Mizrahi reportedly had said that she used the country’s old name deliberately to correct an injustice
Vidana Boshkova Micevska, an adamant SDSM supporter, ethnically profiled Mizrahi on Facebook. After receiving backlash for her original antisemitic post, she countered with more hate speech.
The nomination earned her heartfelt congratulations, but also some rebuke from political activists that local media termed antisemitic.
Currently, cleaners at the Bitola Jewish cemetery have unearthed only 40 percent of its estimated 10,000 headstones – weather-resistant slabs of stone, some of them dating back to the 15th century.