Tunisian President Vows to Protect Jewish Community
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi promised Jewish leaders that he will protect the Jewish community in Tunisia. The Chairman of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Moshe Levin, headed a delegation of representatives from various governments and religions to a solidarity rally in Tunisia following the attack on March 18th at the Tunisian National Museum which killed 22 people.
The President vowed, “I will defend the Jews.. I will not return Tunisia to the days of the rule of dictatorship, but I will firmly protect the citizens and the Jewish community and its institutions. I am excited about your participation and will do everything for the welfare and prosperity of the Jewish community.
By his request, Avishai Khatib joined the delegation, the brother of Joab, may G-d avenge him, one of those killed in the massacre at the kosher supermarket in Paris. The delegation received a warm and friendly greeting, and unprecedented security by the Tunisian authorities and French security officials.
The assembly was held at the National Museum of Tunis near the parliament in the capital, where ISIS carried out the murderers ten days ago, in which they killed 22 people. About three years ago there was a suicide attack near the synagogue on the island of Djerba, killing 21 people.
At the solidarity rally, Rabbi Levin said that the rabbis and the members of the delegation are sending to the world an unequivocal message stating that “murder of innocent people is prohibited by all religions and murder like this, despite the killers saying that they came to defend the honor of the Creator, damages it. The Jewish people in Israel and around the world are offended by the murders, whose victims are everywhere and of every nationality and religions. We must strongly condemn this and stand firm in our minds. “
Tunisia’s tourism minister said in a meeting in her office that she and the Minister of the Interior will participate this year at the Judaism of Tunisia Day which takes place every year on the island of Djerba.
Following the news of the desecration of the grave of Rabbi Raphael Alfassi Massoud, the tourism minister said that her ministry, in coordination with the Interior Minister, will restore any damage and that the government will strengthen the security around the cemetery and other Jewish institutions in Tunisia.