Moncef Marzouki in The tenth anniversary of the attack on the synagogue El Ghriba
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki marked the ten year anniversary of the 2002 Al-Qaeda truck bombing attack on the El Ghriba synagogue with a visit to the Djerba landmark today. In a solemn ceremony commemorating the 21 victims who were killed in the attack, President Marzouki reiterated that Tunisian Jews were equal citizens under the law to all other Tunisians and that the Tunisian government was committed to the security of the small 2600 year-old community. Marzouki called the attacks "cowardly," and expressed deep sympathy for the families of the victims who died. Victims' families came from France and Germany to meet with the new Tunisian President and share their grief for the loss of their their loved ones. In his speech, Marzouki said, "Tunisia is a peaceful country and the Tunisian people refuse all forms of violence against civilians." Marzouki also declared that, "any vandalism or violence against the Tunisian Jewish people, their property or their holy sites is totally unacceptable." He also condemned the recent attack which killed four Jewish children in Toulouse, France. The Tunisian president also announced that he has invited a group of Jewish school children to visit his Carthage Presidential Palace office. Marzouki has recently brought school groups to visit his office as a way of opening the Tunisian Presidency to the public after the revolution. Recent demonstrations by ultra-conservative Islamist groups have seen public chants calling for Muslims to <b>...</b>
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