Thousands of Jews on Friday began an annual pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba.
"We have nearly 6,000 visitors this year," Perez Trabelsi, head of the Djerba Jewish community and president of the synagogue, told AFP.
Trabelsi called for direct flights to be established between Israel and Tunisia, adding that it would triple the number of visitors coming from Israel.
Rabbi Gilles Bernheim gives his speech (Photo: AFP)
France's chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim would take part in the pilgrimage for the first time this year "in order to give a message of peace (and) of respect for others.
"I am very moved and very impressed by the Jews' way of life in Tunisia and their strict attachment to an ancient tradition," Bernheim told AFP.