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Tunisia rejects Butcher netanyahu’s claim of terror threats on Jews

3 May 2015 8:30


The Tunisian government has rejected claims by the Israeli prime minister that Jews and Israelis are under the threat of terrorism in the North African Country.

“We have nothing on that. There are no threats,” said a Tunisian interior ministry official on Saturday.

In an apparent publicity campaign to portray Jews as victimized, the Israeli regime said earlier in the day that there were “concrete threats” of attacks against “Jewish and Israeli targets” in Tunisia.

The office of Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Saturday statement, “Information indicates that there are plans for terrorist attacks against Israelis or Jews in Tunisia.”

The statement further claimed that the threats are connected to the Lag BaOmer Jewish festival in the country, urging “Jews” not to travel to Tunisia for the May 6 event.

According to press reports, thousands of tourists visit the tombs of famous rabbis for Lag BaOmer, including the tombs on Tunisia’s holiday island of Djerba, in the Gulf of Gabes off the coast of Tunisia, where lives one of the last Jewish communities in the Arab world.

Several thousand Israelis as well as Jews from France annually visit the island, where 19 people were killed in an attack on the ancient El Ghriba synagogue in 2002, which was blamed on al-Qaeda.

Meanwhile, the Israeli regime has issued a number of false claims of potential terror attacks against Israeli or Jewish targets around the globe aimed at showing that Jewish communities are under persisting and increased threats in order to encourage Jews to immigrate to occupied Palestinian territories.

The development came against the backdrop of a fatal assault on March 18, when gunmen in fatigues stormed the National Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis. Twenty foreign tourists, two Tunisians, and a police officer were killed in the attack, one of the worst n the country.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which lasted for about four hours.

The people of Tunisia, the birthplace of pro-democracy protests across North Africa and the Middle East, revolted against the Western-backed dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Despite the recent political stability, insurgency and terrorist activities still threaten the North African country.

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