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Kais Saied: 'Jews of Tunisia have nothing to do with Zionism, which stole land of Palestine'

Presidential candidate Kais Saied makes a speech as he wins the presidential election according to unofficial results in Tunis on 15 September 2019. [Nacer Talel - Anadolu Agency]
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied in Tunis on 15 September 2019 [Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisian President Kais Saied said that "the Tunisian Jews are citizens who have equal rights and duties with the rest of the Tunisians. There is no room to talk about a Jewish community, but citizenship is the basis."

According to the Tunisian presidency page, Saied confirmed that many Tunisian Jews fought against colonialism and contributed to building the country after independence. Some of them assumed essential responsibilities in the state.

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Saied stressed the need to differentiate between the Jewish religion, which is a divine religion embraced by many Tunisians, and the Zionist movement that caused the displacement of the Palestinians and deprived them of their land, indicating that the time has come for all humanity to put an end to this grievance.

On Wednesday, President Saied visited the Jewish Quarter on the island of Djerba where he spoke with several representatives of the Jewish community.

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