On May 9, a group of people were killed nearby a Tunisian synagogue, including two Jewish cousins.
The president of Tunisia, Kais Saied, compared the Jewish state to Nazi Germany four days later.
“While Tunisians protected Jews during the Holocaust, today elderly, women, and children are being bombed in Gaza,” he remarked.
The president of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, urged European countries to denounce Saied’s remarks because they imply “that the Jews of Tunisia are responsible for the bombing of Gaza.”
“Heaven forbid,” said Goldschmidt, “the president continues to stir further hostility and even assaults against the country’s Jewish people through such wanton words.
“Since the attack, no government officials have visited or spoken with the Jewish community in Djerba. Instead, the president of Tunisia and the relevant authorities should be supporting and assisting in the safety of the Jewish community.
On May 9, Aviel Haddad, 30, a dual citizen of Israel and Tunisia, and his cousin Benjamin Haddad, 42, a French national, were murdered.
On May 9, during Lag B’Omer celebrations, a member of the Tunisian National Guard opened fire on individuals near the Ghriba Synagogue, killing three other security employees in the process. There were twelve more injuries.
On May 12, Haddad was laid to rest in Israel.