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Tunisian chief denies making anti-Semitic remarks

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – The Tunisian president has denied claims he made anti-Semitic remarks this week when making an attempt to calm younger individuals after days of unrest.

Kais Saied’s assertion was in response to allegations by the Convention of European Rabbis that he accused Jews of being accountable “for the instability of the nation.”

The CER assertion, launched on Tuesday, mentioned such a speech “constitutes a right away menace to the bodily and ethical integrity of Tunisian Jewish residents”. The group requested the top of state to retract.

The assertion, relayed by some Israeli media, sparked an uproar, forcing Saied to reply to the allegations, which his workplace strongly denied.

In an announcement Wednesday night, his workplace denounced the “spreading of false data”, saying it was “slander”.

Saied traveled to M’nihla-Ettadhamon, exterior the capital Tunis, on Tuesday to talk straight with younger individuals after a wave of vandalism and looting in a number of cities.

The Tunisian president, masked, was not all the time absolutely audible within the recording posted by his workplace of his assembly with younger individuals.

The wave of anger arose out of the financial and social ills and the failed guarantees of alternative that arose out of the Tunisian revolution 10 years in the past.

“The president didn’t point out any faith and there have been no cheap grounds to deal with the difficulty of faith within the context of the protests,” the assertion from his workplace mentioned.

He mentioned the president spoke to the chief rabbi of Tunisia, Haim Bittan, to reassure him that Tunisian Jews profit from “the care and safety of the Tunisian state, like all different residents.”

Saied additionally took the chance to underline his fervent protection of the rights of Palestinians “to their land”, referring to the territory occupied by Israel, whereas saying that this place will not be linked to spiritual freedom.

There are roughly 1,500 Jews in Tunisia, primarily on the island of Djerba.

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