Tunisia's Jews Under Strain

The New York Times
Jason Isaacson
July 2, 2014

 

To the Editor:

Re “Buffeted by Tumult, Jewish Population in Tunisia Dwindles” (Djerba Journal, June 26): Tunisia’s Jewish community is strained by political tensions and economic concerns, but remains an important element of the past and present of this dynamic country, which a delegation from the American Jewish Committee visited recently. As Tunisia embraces democracy, wise leaders will affirm its pluralistic tradition and assure that Jews are part of its future as well.

Amel Karboul, the tourism minister, is one of the leaders defending her country’s inclusiveness. The fact that she was subjected to a no-confidence vote in parliamentary debate was regrettable. The fact that she prevailed, with the prime minister’s support, was encouraging — a rare positive signal in a troubled region.

JASON ISAACSON
Associate Executive Director
American Jewish Committee
Washington, June 26, 2014