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Island, where the oldest synagogue may be taken as a monument of UNESCO

The Tunisian government will require to review the status of Djerba, a small island in the Gulf of Gabes the Mediterranean coast of Africa, and to recognize him as a UNESCO world heritage site.

On this island many centuries lived a large Jewish community, which by now almost completely moved to France and Israel. There is the oldest synagogue in North Africa, El Mushroom, where religious Jews from Israel, Europe and the United States make the annual pilgrimage to the period of the holiday of Lag b’omer.

The Minister of culture of Tunisia Mohamed Zine El Abidine made the announcement on Sunday, writes may 15, the French news Agency AFP.

This year in Djerba arrived about 3,000 pilgrims, it was made extremely tight security measures in light of escalation of terrorist threats against Jewish sites in the world.

Last month, the Israeli Headquarters for fight against terror issued a warning about the dangers of travel in this region. Similar recommendations were issued last year.

El Mushroom is located in the village of Khara-Segura, otherwise known as Riyadh. It was built in 586 ad, the present building was reconstructed in the XIX century. In 2002, terrorists blew up near a synagogue, a car bomb killed more than 20 people. Just that year on the island of Djerba profit 8000 Jewish pilgrims.

Island, where the oldest synagogue may be taken as a monument of UNESCO
15.05.2017

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