Jewish Agency Statement on Tunisia

January 19, 2011 / 14 Shevat 5771 

The Jewish Agency is closely monitoring events on the ground. According to our latest information, the Jewish community remains unharmed, although the political situation is developing rapidly and it is unclear what tomorrow may bring. We note with optimism tinged with concern that the Tunisian military has deployed forces specifically charged with protecting the Jewish community in Djerba and elsewhere, a sign of both Tunisia's continued commitment to the safety of its Jews and the very real threats faced by the community in these uncertain times.

In addition, the Jewish Agency has succeeded in enabling any Tunisian Jew who wishes to do so to leave the country for Israel. A few dozen have chosen to make the move and are currently being assisted in their first steps in Israel by JAFI personnel.

For further information contact:
Michael Jankelowitz
Spokesman to Foreign Press
Jewish Agency for Israel
+972.52.6130220 mobile



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