Tunisian Minister Resigns Over Israel Visit

New tourism minister hounded for going to Israel in 2006, though she denies entering, saying she was held at the border.

The new tourism minister of Tunisia tendered her resignation Wednesday after deputies in parliament criticized her for visiting Israel, the official Tunis Afrique Presse agency reported.

"I presented my resignation to Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa. It is up to him to accept or reject it," the agency quoted her as saying.

Karboul denied having visited Israel, speaking at the end of the swearing-in ceremony of the new government in the Carthage palace. "I did not visit Israel because of the pressure I had undergone for more than four hours in the border post, because I am Arab and Muslim," she said.

The prime minister said Tuesday that Karboul had visited Israel in 2006 " to take part in a United Nations training program for Palestinian youths, but she refused to continue the training because of the six-hour interrogation she had faced in Tel-Aviv airport, for being Arab and Muslim," TAP reported.