Terror warning issued for Tunisia / Counter Terrorism Bureau warns of concrete, high level threat to Israeli visitors (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.03.12, 17:34)
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The Counter Terrorism Bureau (CTB) has on Thursday emphasized its
recommendation to refrain from visiting Tunisia and has declared that
the threat level in the country is now at level three out of four –
which means a high level, concrete threat.
The travel advisory alert was published in light of intentions to
carry out terror attacks in the country against Israeli and Jewish
targets during the period of the Lag b´Omer festival, which will be
taking place next Wednesday and Thursday in the city of Djerba.
Haim Damari, Director General of Tunis Tours, said that usually the
annual festival held at the ancient Djerba synagogue, which according
to tradition was built by the Jews exiled after the destruction of
the first temple in 586 BC, attracts some 40,000 Jews a year.
"Around 1,000 of them are Israelis and the rest are locals, Jews of
Libyan descent from Italy, and the Tunisian Jewish community in
France," he said.
According to Damari, last year the festival did not take place "due
to the unpleasant atmosphere towards Jews in the country." Damari,
who plans many such tours to the country and intends to continue his
tradition, says that Israelis will not be making it to this year´s
"Jews from other locations won´t come either, like last year;most
likely the only people there on Lag Ba´Omer will be the locals," he
More than 10 years ago, 21 people were murdered in the synagogue on
Djerba Island after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a gas filled
The CTB has stressed that the travel warning is only a recommendation
and that any decision to travel to any location abroad is at the
discretion of the traveler and is his responsibility.
On Tuesday, the CTB revised its travel advisory on Turkey, stating
that the threat level has significantly decreased.
The CTB issued an "imminent threat" advisory on Turkey in March, but
the threat level is currently defined as "potentially ongoing" – the
lowest of the CTB´s four levels. Aviel Magnezi contributed to the
report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/03/12)
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