Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Shalom to visit his Tunisian birthplace

JERUSALEM, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Israel's foreign minister will attend a summit in Tunisia next week in another sign of improving ties between the Jewish state and the Arab world after withdrawal from Gaza, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom will lead the delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society, being held from Nov. 16 to 18 in the North African country, which downgraded limited ties at the start of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

Shalom, who was born in Tunisia and left as an infant, hopes to improve Israel's standing in an often hostile region on the back of its withdrawal in September from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation.

(...)During the visit to Tunisia, Shalom also plans to visit his birthplace near Djerba, home to much of Tunisia's 2,000 strong Jewish community. Most of Tunisia's Jews left over the past five decades of Middle East conflict. Shalom arrived in Israel in 1959.

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3 comments:

cyclamengirl said...

Just a hello from a tunisian blogger, I am interested in the subject you talked about, my mother grew up in the jewish community of Tunis and she cried when hearing hava-nagila in a record I brought once home, she said "this is the song we used to dance on when i was a child", It deeply touched me...anyways, it is nice to read you, take care

Anonymous said...

as tunisian ,we are very pleased to see other tunisians with different background back to their original home,that is what makes tunisia different from others ,by the differences of its poeple.

halim said...

we welcome mr shalom back home,and we welcome everyone who was born abd grew up in their home,we hope to improve the relationship and wishing to see all other tunisians back for visit and holidays to discover their first home