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Tunisian Jews flee upheaval for Israel

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/tunisian_jews_flee_upheaval_for_israel_20110120

Twenty Jews from Tunisia have come to Israel amid the political upheaval and violence in the African nation. Ten of the Tunisian Jews who came to Israel this week are members of one extended family and have officially made aliyah, according to a Jewish Agency spokesman. Another 10 are young people who have arrived to participate in an Israel experience program; it is not clear if they are planning to make Israel their permanent home. Several hundred of the 1,500 Jews living in Tunisia also are considering making aliyah to escape the current political situation in the country, according to reports. About 1,100 Tunisian Jews live in Djerba, with the rest in the capital city of Tunis.

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