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Tunisia: Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba under tight security

Tunisia: Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba under tight security


<p>The annual Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba called “Lag B’Omer “ began on Wednesday amid tight security on the island of Djerba in Tunisia.</p> <p>Organized on the 33rd day of the Passover, the event brings together over two days, the descendants of Jews who fled Judea after the destruction of Solomon’s temple by Nebuchadnezzar.</p> <p>Nearly 2,000 pilgrims are expected this year according to organizers. They will pray at the tombs of revered rabbis, alongside the 1,500 Jews settled in Tunisia.</p> <p>In a statement released at the beginning of May, the Israeli government said its citizens didn’t get to Djerba because of a “concrete threat” of jihadist attack.</p> <p>In 2002, a suicide bombing claimed by al-Qaeda had killed 21 people, which contributed to the sharp decline in the number of pilgrims to barely 2,000 in recent years, against 8000 before the attack.</p>
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