Tunisia has barred Jews on a Norwegian cruise ship from leaving their cruise voyage and stepping foot in the country after their boat docked in Tunis, The Jewish Press website reports today (March 10, 2014).
Jewish passengers held on the ship said other passengers were enraged after they disembarked and only later learned that the Jews were not allowed to visit Tunisia.
Tunisian national security forces have increasingly harassed and assaulted Jews, and one Tunisian Muslim cleric has publicly called for "divine genocide" of Jews.
Tunisian Jews at one time enjoyed a prosperous and safe life, but not any more. Approximately 2,000 Jews still live on the Tunisian island of Djerba -- home of the El Ghriba synagogue that dates back nearly 2,600 years.