Tunisia

All hail Tunisia, oasis of hope

By Michael Goldfarb, November 6, 2014

Tunisia is the "lucky country". That's usually a phrase associated with Australia - which is indeed fortunate as it is not all that far from China and possesses a whole empty continent full of natural resources the Chinese need and are willing to pay for.

But in the context of the Arab world - at least right now - Tunisia wins the "lucky" label hands down.

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Don’t be fooled by Tunisia’s constitution

By John R Bradley, January 31, 2014

Tunisia’s constituent assembly this week approved a new constitution. It promises an independent judiciary, the separation of religion and state, equality between men and women and the protection of religious belief.

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‘We’ve been in Tunisia for 2,500 years. It’s our country still’

By Kouichi Shirayanagi, March 28, 2013

The Israeli Foreign Ministry recently issued a travel warning for Israelis visiting Tunisia over Passover.
In addition, the Israeli government will probably again tell citizens not to visit Tunisia for the annual El Ghriba pilgrimage to Djerba at the end of April.

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Islamist spring hails fresh wars

By John R Bradley, February 14, 2013

The Western media presented last week’s assassination of Chokri Belaid, Tunisia’s most prominent critic of radical Islam, as a pivotal moment in the Arab Spring.

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Austerity and food prices will help keep extremists on top

By John R Bradley, December 27, 2012

Tunisian President Munsif Marzouqi was forced to abandon a public speech this month in Sidi Bouzid. He had been intending to celebrate the Arab Spring at the place where it began two years ago.

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Tunisian Imam expelled from France

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2012

The French government has expelled Tunisian Imam Mohammed Hammami after accusing him of antisemitism, encouraging violence against women and promoting a holy jihad.

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Plot to kidnap Tunisian Jews foiled

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A terrorist group that planned to kidnap Tunisian Jews has been arrested and put on trial.

The fundamentalist group, led by a senior police officer, plotted to snatch community members while on their usual seaside walk after Friday-night synagogue service.

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Watered-down presence at annual Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 14, 2012

Hopes that Tunisia's Jewish community would be able carry out its historic Lag B'Omer festivities to the scale it once did were dampened last week when crowds stayed away because of security concerns.

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Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage resumes with high security

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

Tunisian Jews have begun their traditional festivities to mark Lag B'Omer.

Last year the annual pilgrimage to the historic El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba was cancelled because of concerns for the community's security in the wake of the Arab Spring and rising anti-Jewish sentiment.

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Tunisia president invites back Jews

December 22, 2011

The call by Tunisia's new president for the country's Jews to return has elicited mixed responses from its small Jewish community.

Around 1,800 Jews currently live in the North African country, down from 110,000 in the 1950s. About two-thirds of them live on the island of Djerba.

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