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  • Following grave desecration, Tunisian president vows to defend Jews

    4 days ago

     In the wake of the desecration of a Jewish sage’s grave, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi promised a European rabbinical body he would protect his country’s Jews.

    Essebsi, who won the country’s presidential election last year, made the pledge this week during a meeting with...

  • Tunisian took break from travel agent job to shoot tourists

    2 weeks ago

    Shortly before he and a friend gunned down 20 foreign tourists at Tunisia's Bardo museum, Yassine al-Abidi sat down to a breakfast of olive oil and dates with his family and left for work at his travel agency as usual.

    His relatives, mourning his death in a hail of police bullets...

  • Gunmen storm Tunisian museum, kill two Tunisians, 17 foreign tourists

    2 weeks ago

    Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia's national museum, killing 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians on Wednesday in one of the worst militant attacks in a country that has largely escaped the region's "Arab Spring" turmoil.

    Visitors from Italy, Germany, Poland...

  • February 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 18, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline:  McCain Confident Hagel Will Be Confirmed

    To Read: In an interesting Interview for Foreign Affairs, Andrew Krepinevich, President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, discusses the US defense budget, sequestration, foreign policy, and even...

  • Tunisian Jewish cemetery vandalized

    January 28, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    More than 68 gravestones were found ransacked and graves were looted at a Jewish cemetery in the coastal Tunisian town of Sousse.

    The Tunisian Shems FM radio station cited a Tunisian security official who said the graves were damaged over the last month. Claims on Facebook had...

  • Tunisian minister wishes Jews a Merry Christmas

    January 2, 2013 | 9:22 am

    A Tunisian minister in charge of emigres wished a Merry Christmas to the country’s Jews.

    “I want to wish all the Jews of Tunisia a happy holiday tonight, it is a big holiday all over the world,” Houcine El Jaziri, Tunisia’s state secretary for immigration and Tunisians living...

  • Islamist leaders vow unity against Israel

    November 15, 2012 | 10:22 am

    At a conference that drew a roll-call of the Islamist leaders who have gained influence in the wake of Arab Spring revolts, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal won a noisy welcome and pledges of support on Thursday.

    A day after Israel assassinated Hamas's top commander in the Gaza Strip...

  • Kidnapping plot against Tunisian Jewish community reportedly foiled

    November 1, 2012 | 9:35 am

    A network plotting to kidnap and ransom members of a southern Tunisia town's Jewish community was broken up by the country's national guard, a Tunisian newspaper reported.

    The network was started by a police officer who was formerly responsible for protecting the Jewish...

  • The Arab Spring springs surprises

    August 15, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    When a popular uprising started in Tunisia less than two years ago, it took the world by surprise. Not many observers had anticipated the outbreak, let alone the success, of popular uprisings in a region far better known for the longevity of its tyrants and despots.

    Contrary to what...

  • May 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2012 | 2:59 am

    Computer Viruses Won’t Stop Iran

    Cyber attacks such as Stuxnet or the newly uncovered Flame virus will only delay the inevitable ‎diplomatic breakthrough or military action on Iran’s nuclear program, writes ‎Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine. ‎

    ‎[N]o one should be...

  • Amid security concerns in Tunisia, a smaller Hiloula celebration

    May 14, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Two thousand years ago, a mysterious woman who was unable to talk arrived on this island. Every sick person she touched was healed. Although she died when her wooden house caught fire, her body remained intact and did not burn.

    That’s a local legend.

    Another is that the miracle...

  • Hundreds make pilgrimage to Tunisian synagogue

    May 10, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    Hundreds of Jews gathered on Tunisia’s Djerba Island as part of a pilgrimage to the 2,500-year-ol d El Ghriba synagogue.

    Some 500 European Jews and 1,000 Jewish Tunisians made the journey Wednesday to celebrate the yahrzeit, or anniversary of the death, of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai,...

  • Israel’s counterterrorism bureau upgrades Tunisian threat

    May 3, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Israel’s counterterrorism bureau has reiterated a travel advisory to Tunisia, despite plans to reinstate an annual pilgrimage to the grave of a Jewish mystic.

    The National Security Council bureau said Thursday that there was a “high concrete threat” to Israeli visitors and Jewish...

  • All in

    By Rob Eshman

    April 4, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Two years ago, before our very eyes, a liberation movement of great courage and hope began to unfold halfway around the world. Blood ran like water in the streets of distant capitals, and still people fought, flesh against tanks, citizens against infantry, poets against police.


  • Tunisia’s Jews keep wary eye on political developments

    April 3, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Tucked on a quiet side street blocks from the Mediterranean Sea, the last kosher restaurant in the Tunisian capital is a thriving center of Jewish tradition in a country of 10 million with nearly an entire Arab and Muslim population. Yet Jacob Lellouche, who has owned and operated...

  • Tunisian officials decry anti-Semitic chants at rally

    March 28, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Tunisia’s Religious Affairs Ministry condemned anti-Semitic epithets shouted at a rally in Tunis calling for the imposition of Islamic law in the country’s new constitution.

    “The call to fight against the Jews is absurd,” the ministry said in a statement issued Tuesday, according to...

  • Arab Spring fatigue or American fatigue?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 4:10 am

    Arab Spring fatigue is spreading across the board in the United States. One year after Tunisia triggered a wave of Arab demonstrations and revolutions, Americans are discovering that Tunisia is not in great shape, Egypt hasn’t changed much, the monarch is still in power in Morocco,...

  • March 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 12, 2012 | 3:53 am

    Iran-Israel History Suggests a Different Future

    Writing for Bloomberg, Pankaj Mishra looks at the shifting ties between Iran, the U.S. and Israel, and what it could mean in the future.

    Any rapprochement between Iran and the U.S. will have to acknowledge Iran’s centrality in its...

  • Opinion: Tunisian pizza

    By Gina Nahai

    January 4, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    There’s a concept in the Persian language – ghessmat – for which no exact equivalent exists in English. It refers to a person’s unrelenting, inescapable, for better or worse but either way, it was designed and executed specifically for you, destiny.

    Like when you miss your...

  • Tunisian president calls on Jews to return

    December 19, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    The interim president of Tunisia called for its Jews to return, although it was not clear if he was reflecting the Islamist-led coalition.

    President Moncef Marzouki met Monday with Haim Bittan, the chief rabbi to the country’s remaining 1,500 Jews, The Associated Press reported.

  • Is Syria next?

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 2, 2011 | 3:37 pm


  • Tunisia condemns Israeli assistance offer to its Jews

    March 29, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Tunisia’s government condemned an Israeli government decision to offer extra financial assistance to Tunisian Jews wishing to immigrate to Israel.

    The approval of the new program amounts to interference in Tunisia’s domestic affairs and “an attempt by Israel to tarnish the...

  • Tunisia Jewish leader meets interim PM over safety concerns

    February 15, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    Tunisia’s Jewish community is concerned for its security in the wake of anti-Jewish protests outside of the capital’s main synagogue, a community leader said.

    The head of the Tunisian Jewish community, Roger Bismuth, met over the weekend with the country’s interim prime minister,...

  • First Tunisia, then Egypt: Which Mideast autocracy will be next to fall?

    February 15, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    With popular uprisings having toppled two Arab dictators in the space of just a few weeks and unrest reverberating across the Middle East, are other regimes likely to fall, too?

    Nearly everywhere in the region, autocratic leaders seem to be on the defensive. Using carrots or sticks,...

  • Tunisian synagogue attack disputed

    February 2, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A Tunisian synagogue was not the target of arsonists, a Jewish leader asserted, contradicting another leader.

    Jewish community leader Perez Trabelsi on Tuesday told the French news agency AFP that the synagogue in the southern Gabes region was burned Monday night by arsonists; he...

  • Arsonists strike Tunisian synagogue

    February 1, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    The Torah scrolls at a Tunisian synagogue were burned in a fire reportedly set by arsonists.

    The synagogue in the southern Gabes region was set ablaze Monday night. Jewish community leader Perez Trabelsi told the French news agency AFP about the scrolls and criticized police for not...

  • Egyptian protestors call for more rallies

    January 26, 2011 | 9:37 am

    Egyptian activists urged protestors to take to the streets for a second day of anti-government rallies.

    Wednesday’s protests come a day after three activists and one policeman were killed and more than 100 security personnel injured in anti-government rallies across the country.

  • Tunisian Jews flee upheaval for Israel

    January 20, 2011 | 10:45 am

    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...

  • Tunisia: the first Arab revolution

    By Mona Eltahawy

    January 19, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    Every July 23 for the past 58 years, Egypt, my country of birth, has celebrated its “July revolution” that overthrew King Farouk and ended the monarchy and British occupation once and for all. It was no revolution: It was a coup staged by young army officers.

    And so it has been...

  • Amid crisis and violence, Tunisian Jews safe but guarded

    January 18, 2011 | 6:51 pm

    The violence roiling Tunisia hasn’t put the country’s 1,500 or so Jews in serious jeopardy, but Jewish organizations are increasingly concerned about their fate as massive anti-government protests continue.

    No Jews have been targeted by the protesters, according to Roger...

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