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December 19, 2011 5:38 pm

New Tunisian President Calls for Jewish Return

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Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki. Photo: Samir Abdelmoumen.

AP – TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s newly elected president called Monday for the country’s Jewish population to return, in statements carried by the state news agency.

During a meeting with the country’s Grand Rabbi Haim Bittan, President Moncef Marzouki said that Tunisia’s Jews are full citizens and those that had left were welcome to return. His comments come almost two weeks after Israeli deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom called on the country’s remaining Jews to emigrate to Israel

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