Islamist anti-Jewish demonstration outside main Tunis synagogue raises fear for security of Tunisian Jews

| February 15, 2011

TUNIS /BRUSSELS (EJP)—Tunisia's Jewish community has raised fears for its security with the interim government after Islamists held anti-Jewish protests outside the main synagogue on the Avenue de la Liberte in central Tunis last Friday.

The Interior Ministry on Tuesday condemned extremist demonstrations and incitement to violence in an apparent reference to the protests outside the synagogue.

The leader of the Muslim country's small centuries-old Jewish community, Roger Bismuth, said he had met Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi and informed him of the Islamist demonstration, Agence France Presse reported.

"About 40 religious people gathered Friday in front of the main synagogue in Tunis and started chanting ant-Jewish slogans and inappropriate words," he said. "I think this is something that might happen again," he said.

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