Israel demands Tunisia provide more security to Jews


Synagogue in Tunisia 
By: Shifra Unger

Since attacks against the Jewish community in Tunisia increased after the Arab Spring revolution, Israel has now demanded the world community to pressure the Tunisian government to provide more security to Tunisian Jews.

The move comes amid growing animosity toward Israel and a growing number of anti-Semitic attacks, allegedly initiated by religious officials in Tunisia against the Jewish community. There is about 2000 Jewish people living in Tunisia at the current time.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel instructed Israeli embassies in the United States, Germany, France, Britain and Italy, to ask the foreign ministries of their countries to pressure the Tunisian government to safeguard the assets and property of the Jews in the country.

Israel expects that the head of EU foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, will personally ask the Tunisian government to provide more security to Jews.

In the last month, about 80 Jewish graves were desecrated in Kef and Sousse, a report said. Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali condemned the attacks and said that the security forces are working to prevent vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, a newspaper said.

The report said that last November, during the visit of Prime Minister of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, to the country, there were public cries of "Kill the Jews". Several synagogues have also been burned and anti-Israeli protests were seen outside the central synagogue in Tunisia. Flags of Israel were seen outside the airport bathrooms for people to wipe their feet on the flags.

Roland Sa'adon, the cantor of a synagogue in the neighborhood of La Goulette Tunis, told a German newspaper that since the revolution of 2011, the future of the Jewish community is at risk.

"The Islamists have taken control of the revolution, a revolution that was led by young people," he said.

He warned that if the Tunisians choose the extremist Muslims to rule the country, then there is no place for Jews in Tunisia.

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