Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tunisian Jews Say "No" to Immigrating to Israel; Rip Israel's "Interference" in Funding Their Move

The Asia News website reports today (March 31, 2011) that Tunisian authorities have slammed Israel's "interference" and "malicious call," in response to the Israeli government adopting a funding package to help Tunisian Jews move to Israel, in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution.

Tunisia's Foreign Ministry described the Israeli proposal as "a malicious call to Tunisian citizens to immigrate to Israel in an attempt to damage the image of Tunisia after the revolution."

"Tunisia is outraged by the statements from a country which still denies the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland, shamefully defying international law," the Foreign Ministry statement added.

Peter Trabelsi -- president of the Jewish community on Djerba (an island off the coast of Tunisia) -- said, "We are Tunisians above all, and we do not have any problems. We live like everyone else, and no Jew is going to leave the country."

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