New Delhi, January 9 Tunisian main political party Ennahda has condemned anti-Jewish slogans raised by a handful of individuals among the hundreds of people welcoming Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh at Tunis-Carthage Airport on January 5. According to a statement issued by Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi, his party reiterated that Jewish citizens had lived peacefully in their country Tunisia for centuries, and that Jews in Tunisia were full citizens with equal rights and duties.
Ennahdha President and Secretary General earlier met the leader of the Jewish community in Tunis who came to congratulate the party following the announcement of the constituent assembly election results. Roger Bismuth expressed his feeling of reassurance concerning the state of the country characterized by peaceful coexistence between all citizens regardless of their faiths and sects.
According to the statement, Ennahdha condemned the slogans not representing Islam’s spirit or teachings, and considered those raising them as a marginal group. It also denounced certain European lobbies’ alarmist declarations and attempts to tarnish the image of Tunisia and the achievements of the revolution using islamophobia and anti-semitism as pretexts for their campaign.
Ennahdha called upon all Tunisia men and women---Muslims, Jews, Christians and others---to remain committed to their unity and solidarity in the service of their country.