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Tunisian anti-racism NGO describes BDS group's action as antisemitism

A Tunisian watchdog group on racism accused promoters of a boycott against Israel of antisemitism after they protested the invitation extended to a Jewish comedian to appear at a local festival.

The accusation on Thursday by the Tunisian Association for Support of Minorities was over an open letter sent earlier this week to the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and the organisers of the annual Catharge Festival of music next month to protest the invitation extended by organisers to Michel Boujenah, a well-known Tunisia-born French Jewish stand-up comedian.

The letter, authored by Tunisian activists of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, says that Boujenah, who often speaks lovingly of his native Tunisia during his shows, should not be allowed to perform because he is a Zionist.

Boujenah, who is not a citizen of Israel, has often spoken during interviews about his support for Israel.

“We Diaspora Jews have no qualms about declaring our admiration for Israel,” Boujenah said in an interview. “A justified admiration as the people to which I belong want peace more than anything.”

He also said: “I feel Jewish, French, Tunisian, Zionist and very close to Israel, as well as a supporter of a Palestinian state. In short, one big balagan,” the Hebrew-language word for “mess.”

Citing this interview and others, the BDS activists wrote in their request to officials and the organisers of the festival to cancel Boujenah’s participation: “No place for the Zionists, whatever their nationality, in our country and festivals.”

Yet Yamina Thabet, the president of the Tunisian Association for Support of Minorities, told the Tribune Juive Jewish newspaper in France that the activists are “cowardly taking anti-Jewish action.”

Calling for a boycott of Boujenah’s show “under the pretext of fighting Zionism is nothing but an anti-Jewish act. We know this is a Tunisian who has always spoken loud and clear about his attachment” to Tunisia, she added in the interview, which was published on Thursday.

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Monday, July 03, 2017
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