December 15, 2018

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Protesters wreck Holocaust display in Tunis

Tunisians protested at the opening of a Holocaust exhibition at the National Library in Tunis, tearing down posters and chanting slogans such as “Free Palestine, out with the Zionists.” This MEMRI clip demonstrates that there are forces in Tunisia running counter to its image as a moderate, democratic state which protects minority rights. (With thanks: Lily, Jonathan) 

Tunisian University Professor Habib Kazdaghli, the exhibition’s organizer, said that the purpose of the exhibition was to “make our children love history” and that it had been organized months before U.S. President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. 

Hamida Bessaad, a National Library researcher, said with indignation that the organizer “wants our little children to get to know the history of the Jews and learn about their Holocaust,” but that “the children of Palestine have been going through a Holocaust since 1948.” 

Civil society activist Kawthar Chebbi called the Holocaust a “decades-old myth” and a lie, and political activist Omar Al-Majri said that the Holocaust had been “perpetrated by the Zionist movement in collaboration with the Nazis.” This report appeared on Meem Magazine Online, an Arab Women’s Magazine, on 15 December.

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