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January 26, 2017 6:02 pm

Tunisian Lawmaker Apologizes for Offending Jews With Derogatory Word

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Tunisian MP Abu al-Hanaa. Photo: Screenshot.

Tunisian MP Abu al-Hanaa. Photo: Screenshot.

A Tunisian lawmaker has apologized for offending Jews at a parliamentary meeting, an Arabic language media outlet reported earlier this week.

According to the Nessma TV report — which was highlighted by the popular pro-Israel Elder of Ziyon blog on Wednesday — MP Abu al-Hanaa used the phrase “hashakim Jews” during a legislative debate. In Arabic, “hashakim” precedes an objectionable word.

After being condemned for her words, al-Hanaa said she was sorry for what she called a “slip of the tongue.”

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“I respect all religions,” she said.

At its peak before World War II, Tunisia’s Jewish population totaled around 100,000. Less than 2,000 Jews remain in Tunisia today.

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