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May 10, 2012 1:28 pm

Islamist Threats Keep Tunisian Jews Away from Holiday Celebration

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Residency of the Ghriba Synagogue used to host Jewish pilgrims. Photo: wiki commons.

Reuters Africa – Security concerns and threats from some Salafi Islamists kept thousands of Jewish pilgrims away from an annual celebration on the Tunisian island of Djerba this week.

No more than 500 pilgrims attended the religious festival celebrated a month after Passover at one of Africa’s oldest synagogues on Wednesday and Thursday – an event that used to attract thousands of visitors.

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