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News and updates about Djerba

Tunisian Jews in peril:

Kosher for Passover food being held by customs

Customs officers in Djerba, Tunisia, are refusing to hand over packages of Kosher for Passover food to their recipients since they have Hebrew writing on them.

Kosher for Passover food being held by customs

Due to Gaza war:

Lag Ba'Omer pilgrimage to Tunisia cancelled

Popular annual Jewish pilgrimage to Tunisia's Djerba synagogue and celebration cancelled this year, only a very small number of celebrants expected to arrive from France.

Lag Ba'Omer pilgrimage to Tunisia cancelled

Tunisia’s Djerba added to UNSECO World Heritage list

The resort island is home to the Ghriba synagogue, to which thousands of Jews flock every year on Lag Ba'Omer.

Tunisia’s Djerba added to UNSECO World Heritage list

After terrorist attack:

Tunisian President meets country's Chief Rabbi

Tunisian President Kais Saied pledges to guarantee the safety of Jewish citizens and their synagogues after attack on Djerba synagogue.

Tunisian President meets country's Chief Rabbi

Tunisian President claims:

'Attack near Djerba synagogue wasn't antisemitic'

Tunisian Prime Minister says those who called last week's attack antisemitic are "forgers of history bent on distorting history."

'Attack near Djerba synagogue wasn't antisemitic'

Djerba victim laid to rest:

'He went to Tunisia to find a wife, he came back in a casket'

Aviel Hadad was murdered when a terrorist opened fire last Tuesday outside a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia

'He went to Tunisia to find a wife, he came back in a casket'

Tunisia Synagogue Shooting:

'The police shielded Jews with their bodies'

Two Jews, identified as cousins, killed along with security guard at Lag Ba'Omer celebration in Djerba synagogue.

'The police shielded Jews with their bodies'

Djerba Terror Attack:

Cousins Ben and Aviel Hadad killed in Tunisia synagogue attack

Israeli national living in Tunisia and French national identified as the two Jews murdered in terror attack outside Djerba synagogue.

Cousins Ben and Aviel Hadad killed in Tunisia synagogue attack

2 Jews murdered in attack on Tunisian synagogue

Hundreds of Jews celebrating Lag Ba'Omer in Djerba synagogue lock themselves in compound after gunshots heard.

2 Jews murdered in attack on Tunisian synagogue

Hundreds flock to Africa's oldest synagogue for Lag Ba'omer

Annual pilgrimage to Ghriba synagogue in Djerba resumes after two-year hiatus due to COVID.

Hundreds flock to Africa's oldest synagogue for Lag Ba'omer

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer in Djerba

Jewish community in Tunisia celebrates Lag Ba'Omer with a special prayer in the Djerba synagogue.

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer in Djerba

Wave of violence against Jews of Djerba

Jewish community blames incitement by Tunisian President Kais Saied for strangling of Jewish woman, assault on Jewish child.

Wave of violence against Jews of Djerba

Watch: Purim in the Jewish community of Djerba

A thousand residents of the Jewish community in Djerba celebrated the holiday of Purim with special costumes and food.

Watch: Purim in the Jewish community of Djerba

Pilgrims flock to Africa's oldest synagogue for Lag Ba'omer

Hundreds of pilgrims converge on synagogue on Mediterranean island of Djerba, home to one of the last Jewish communities in the Arab world.

 Pilgrims flock to Africa's oldest synagogue for Lag Ba'omer

This rabbi blows a shofar just before Shabbat

Every Friday, Tunisia's chief rabbi stands on his rooftop and blows a shofar, announcing the start of Shabbat.

This rabbi blows a shofar just before Shabbat

Pilgrimage to Tunisia synagogue ends without incident

About 3,000 people took part in annual Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba synagogue on island of Djerba.

Pilgrimage to Tunisia synagogue ends without incident

Worshippers flock to Tunisia synagogue for Lag Ba'Omer

Thousands of pilgrims celebrate Lag Ba'Omer at the Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba.

Worshippers flock to Tunisia synagogue for Lag Ba'Omer

5 arrested following firebomb attack on Tunisian synagogue

Five men ranging in age from 19 to 21 arrested days after synagogue on island of Djerba firebombed.

5 arrested following firebomb attack on Tunisian synagogue

Terror warning for Djerba Lag B'Omer celebration

Counterterrorism Bureau sharpens current travel warning for Tunisia following terrorist motivation increase to attack Jews.

Terror warning for Djerba Lag B'Omer celebration

Jihadist threats dampen Lag BaOmer spirit in Tunisia

Security tightened ahead of annual Lag BaOmer pilgrimage in Tunisia.

Jihadist threats dampen Lag BaOmer spirit in Tunisia

Tunisia Says Jewish Pilgrims Safe, After Israel Terror Warning

Tunisian Interior Minister rejects Israeli Prime Minister's Office warning of 'concrete threats' of terror attack against ancient synagogue.

Tunisia Says Jewish Pilgrims Safe, After Israel Terror Warning

Report: Muslims Attempt to Kidnap Jewish Child in Djerba

Three men attempted to kidnap the 12-year-old boy on the eve of the holiday of Sukkot.

Report: Muslims Attempt to Kidnap Jewish Child in Djerba

Muslim Terrorists Stab Jewish Man in Tunisia

Gabriel Ozen, 38, saved by local shop owners. But the terrorist is freed after just one hour - and threats of a Muslim riot.

Muslim Terrorists Stab Jewish Man in Tunisia

Tight Security for Jewish Pilgrims at Ancient Tunisian Synagogue

Lag Ba'omer pilgrims to visit Ghriba synagogue on island of Djerba, amid controversy over Israeli visas.

Tight Security for Jewish Pilgrims at Ancient Tunisian Synagogue

Tunisia's Parliament Protests Recognition of Israeli Passport

Tunisia's parliament to question tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country.

Tunisia's Parliament Protests Recognition of Israeli Passport

Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

Possible anti-Semitic attack occurred on the eve of Pesach, and just one month before annual Jewish El-Ghriba pilgrimage.

Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

Tunisian Activists Blast Government 'Harassment' of Jews

Ancient Jewish community of Djerba is "fed up with being used by politicians" to showcase "coexistence," whilst facing attacks.

Tunisian Activists Blast Government 'Harassment' of Jews

Annual Pilgrimage at Tunisia Begins with Tight Security

Pilgrims arrive at Tunisia's Ghriba synagogue amid tight security, with reinforcements deployed around Djerba.

Annual Pilgrimage at Tunisia Begins with Tight Security

Tunisian Jews Hope for High Attendance at Annual Pilgrimage

Organizers of a pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue in Djerba are hoping for a revival this year after a slump in attendance.

Tunisian Jews Hope for High Attendance at Annual Pilgrimage

Tunisia: 5 Arrested in Plot to Kidnap Jew

Four Libyans, Tunisian policeman suspected of plotting to kidnap a young Jew and hold him for ransom.

Tunisia: 5 Arrested in Plot to Kidnap Jew

Israel Reiterates Travel Alert to Tunisia

Israel's National Counter-Terrorism Bureau has reiterated its travel advisory regarding Tunisia for the Lag B'Omer holiday.

Israel Reiterates Travel Alert to Tunisia

Tunisia's Tourism Minister: Protect Annual Jewish Piligrimage

Tunisia's tourism minister: the annual Jewish pilgrimage to Djerba should be maintained.

Tunisia's Tourism Minister: Protect Annual Jewish Piligrimage

Israelis Receive Travel Warning Ahead of Spring Holidays

Counter-Terrorism Bureau issues travel warning to Israelis for the spring holidays. Sinai, Turkey, Tunisia, Nigeria especially dangerous.

Israelis Receive Travel Warning Ahead of Spring Holidays

Tunisia Extends State of Emergency

The nation that gave birth to the Jasmine Revolution and the Arab Spring has just extended its state of emergency for the rest of the year.

Tunisia Extends State of Emergency

First Time in Centuries: A Quiet Lag B'Omer in Djerba

Lag B'Omer celebrations were quiet for the first time this year in Djerba, where security precautions took precedence over simcha (joy).

First Time in Centuries: A Quiet Lag B'Omer in Djerba

21 Israelis Rescued, Tunisia's Jews Safe in Djerba

It wasn't Entebbe, but 21 Israeli tourists in Tunisia were grateful when a complex rescue operation brought them home to Ben Gurion Airport.

21 Israelis Rescued, Tunisia's Jews Safe in Djerba