Israel Raises Travel Warnings to Tunisia Prior to Lag B´Omer (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/07/12)
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Israel´s National Security Council (NSC) increased its travel
warnings to Tunisia following reports of attacks on Israeli or Jewish
targets in the country.
The NSC´s Anti-terrorism Bureau said that the danger was particularly
great on the island of Djerba, where Israelis have gathered in the
past for the Jewish festival of Lag B´ Omer, the Jewish holiday that
commemorates the death of Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century
"In light of an updated situation assessment the Anti-terrorism
Bureau has decided to upgrade the existing warning on travel to
Tunisia," said a statement by the NSC.
The travel advisory has been raised to the second-highest,
emphasizing the likely public gathering in Djerba for the Jewish
During the festival, Israelis and Europeans gather at the island´s
Ghriba synagogue, the oldest in Africa, where they pray and light
The pilgrimage attracted a peak number of 10,000 pilgrims in 2000,
but was cancelled last year due to the charging political environment
caused by the “Arab Spring” and less than 100 made the journey.
"We are not afraid of Salafis who talk too much. We´re afraid of
those who say nothing, then do something," said David Bitan, a Jewish
resident of Tunisia. "Things have changed since the revolution.
Before, people were afraid of the police. Now, we are under pressure.
The police is weak, so racism is increasing."
Tunisia´s Jewish community once numbered 100,000 people. But fear,
poverty and discrimination prompted several waves of emigration after
the creation of Israel in 1948. Many left after the Six Day War and
went to either Israel or France. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/07/12)
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