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Tunisia's Islamic Leadership Nixes Anti-Semitic Chants

Tunisia's Islamic leadership has condemned anti-Semitic chants by radical Muslims, greeting visiting Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/9/2012, 7:22 PM

Tunisia's Islamic leadership nixed anti-Semitic chants by a handful of radical Muslims Monday upon the arrival of visiting Hamas de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh from Gaza.

"Ennahda condemns these slogans which do not represent Islam's spirit or teachings, and considers those who raised them as a marginal group," Rashid Ghannouchi emphasized in a statement.

Videos that made the rounds on the Internet showed a crowd greeting the Hamas terrorist Thursday at the airport in Tunis, chanting "Kill the Jews!" and Crush the Jews!"

Most of the chanting participants were Salafi Islamists, according to the Associated Press.

Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahda party that won a plurality in Tunisia's national elections in October, condemned the demonstration in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Reiterating his party's policy of Islamic moderation, Ghannouchi reminded Tunisians that the country's Jews are "full citizens with equal rights and obligations."