Jewish pilgrims arrive in Tunisia despite unrest

By REUTERS
May 21, 2011 18:50

 
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DJERBA, Tunisia - A small group of Jewish pilgrims gathered on an Tunisian island to visit one of Africa's oldest synagogues but worries over continued unrest kept many away from the annual event.

About 5,000 pilgrims from Tunisia and abroad usually travel each May to the El Ghriba synagogue on Djerba island in the south to mark Lag Ba'Omer.

But this year less than 100 took part and organizers cancelled traditional celebrations because of security concerns and lack of participants.

Only a few pilgrims came this year as the country struggles to restore order following the overthrow of Tunisia's authoritarian ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January.

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