Elected officials slam tourism minister for allowing Israelis into Tunisia using their Israeli passportsBy Mason White 4:45 PM April 24, 2014
By: Devansh Dutt
85 elected officials have expressed their outraged after they learned that the tourism minister of Tunisia, allowed Israelis to enter the country using their Israeli passports.
The elected officials have announced on Wednesday, that they will question the Minister of Tourism, for her decision to allow the Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage.
While Israelis and Jews have always traveled to Tunisia, in order to participate a festival held at the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that the Israelis have been allowed to use their passports instead of a special document issued by the Tunisian embassy.
Tunisia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. 85 of the 217 assembly members signed a petition calling on the Minister of Tourism, Amel Karboul, to explain her actions.
Lawmakers argue that allowing the use of Israeli passports is a recognition of the Jewish state. “Our problem is not with our Jewish brothers who come for pilgrimage, but with the Zionist entity that occupies the Palestinian territories,” the head of the center-left Democratic Alliance, Mohamed Hamdi, said.