Instead of apologizing to the Jewish community, the Tunisian president spoke out against Israel

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- Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed for accusing Jews of being behind instability in the country, Conference of European Rabbis president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said yesterday.

“The president of Tunisia a few minutes ago called up the chief rabbi of Djerba, Rabbi Haim Bitan, and apologized for his diatribe against the Jews, faulting them for unrest in the country,” Goldschmidt tweeted.

Saïed seemed to refer to “the Jews who are stealing” while discussing the political situation with Tunisian citizens, as heard in a video posted to his Facebook page on Tuesday.


However, others have said that Saïed did not refer to Jews at all, and said “those who are sitting around stealing” in Tunisian dialect.

The edited, three-minute clip features Saïed meeting with members of the public on the street in a poor neighborhood, according to the video’s caption. He wore a mask as protection against the novel coronavirus and some of his remarks were muffled.

Saïed's office denied making any reference to religion, saying that "this issue is not raised in Tunisia."

The statement from the president's office said Saïed "differentiates between Judaism on the one hand, and Zionism on the other," and that he invited the chief rabbi of Tunisia to attend his inauguration in 2019. 

Source: Jpost