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This Could Be the End of Tunisia's Ancient Jewish Community

Robert Zaretsky
Robert Zaretsky
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Robert Zaretsky
Robert Zaretsky

The small nation that ignited the Arab Spring ten years ago initiated its final rites a few weeks ago. Tunisia’s passage from aspringtime of democracy into a winter of autocracy is tragic. For Tunisia’s ancient Jewish community, however, it is a tragedy with potentially existential consequences.

The curtain on this tragedy rose on December 17, 2010, when Mohamed Bouazizi, a poor street vendor in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid, doused himself with kerosene and lit his clothes on fire in front of the main government building.

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