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Tunisia's Jewish community sues over anti-Semitic slogans

National Constituent Assembly 'deeply concerned' by 'slogans aimed at sowing discord within Tunisian society'

AFP
Published: 04.03.12, 08:05 / Israel Jewish Scene

Tunisia's Jewish community said Wednesday it was making an official complaint over anti-Semitic slogans chanted at a protest demanding the imposition of sharia, or Islamic law, in the country.

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"This is the third time this sort of thing has happened. It's too much. I can't accept it and that's why I'm lodging a complaint," Roger Bismuth, the representative of the Jewish community told AFP.

 

"Justice must be done," said Bismuth, who was received on Tuesday by Speaker Mustapha Ben Jafar.

 

Tunisia - a Muslim majority country of more than 10 million - is home to a Jewish minority of about 1,500.

 

The threats, some of them filmed on video, were made at a rally in Tunis on Sunday demanding that sharia become the main source of legislation in the new constitution currently being drafted, media reports said.

 

Similar incidents took place in January during a visit to Tunisia by Palestinian Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and in February during the visit of an Egyptian cleric.

 

The presidency of the National Constituent Assembly has voiced its "deep concern" and denounced the "slogans aimed at sowing discord within the Tunisian society of all races and backgrounds."

 

 

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