Tunisia Islamist party slams anti-Semitic chants

AP , Monday 9 Jan 2012

Head of Islamic party al-Nahda has condemned anti-Semitic slogans chanted by a handful of ultraconservative Muslims at the arrival of a top Hamas official

Rachid Ghannouchi, head of Tunisia’s Al-Nahda Party, in a statement issued in the early hours of Monday morning reiterated his party's policy that Tunisia’s Jews are "full citizens with equal rights and duties." The Al-Nahda Party emerged as the key winner in Tunisia's new assembly in October's elections and now heads the ruling coalition.

Videos circulated online showing members of the crowd greeting Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh at the airport on Thursday chanting "kill the Jews" and "crush the Jews." The chants came from Salafists, ultraconservative Muslims, who have recently become more vocal in the country.


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