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Where faith meets politics: Jewish pilgrimage to Tunisia | Middle East | News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW


Right now, the synagogue is still quiet. But once the traditional Jewish pilgrimage to it begins on Saturday, there are likely to be thousands of worshippers from all over the world here on the Tunisian island of Djerba.

For the first time in the more than two years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a large number of pilgrims to the North African country will be taking part in religious festivities over the course of eight days. In 2020 and 2021, pilgrimages were canceled due to the health crisis and access was very limited.

But this year, Jewish community leader Perez Trabelsi told DW, between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors are expected. Trabelsi also chairs the pilgrimage organizing committee.

A general view of Ghriba Synagogue, the oldest Jewish monument built in Africa.

The Ghriba synagogue is a center of Jewish life in Tunisia

The synagogue on Djerba is one…



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