Anti-semitism in Tunisia

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith today denounced the emergence of anti-Semitism in Tunisia. In a cable to President Habib Bourguiba, Abraham Foxman, ADL’s associate national director and the head of its international affairs department, cited two recent instances of anti-Semitic materials being disseminated in that country.

A weekly publication, Annonces, in its December 28 edition, published an article saying that “the Jews are willing to tread on the most holy of values for favors, even small ones…. and they are monkeys and donkeys, even though they seem to have something human about them…” Foxman noted in his cable.

“Secondly, we have learned that a new edition of the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, the famous anti-Semitic forgery used by the Nazis and others, has been published in Tunis and now occupies a prominent place in display windows of many large Tunis book stores.” Noting that incitement of racial hatred is against Tunisian law, Foxman urged Bourguiba to take steps against the spread of bigotry.

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