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You are very much on target! Don't Forget Tunisia!

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Submitted by Jerry Sorkin (Tunisia), Mar 10, 2011 17:18

Kudos to Samara Greenberg who got it right about Tunisia!

Both prior to the January 2011 revolution and even more, post revolution, Tunisia is unlike any other country in the region. Unfortunately, this little known North African country was barely noticed prior to the revolution. Then, hordes of journalists swooped in to cover the revolution and with similar haste, departed to cover Tahrir Square in Cairo. The same media has continued on to Bahrain, Libya and surely will do similar for the next revolution.

In the interim, Tunisia has been setting up its civil society, Tunisians have spoken in a rather unified voice as they go through the process of establishing new governance, Westerners have been welcomed as always in Tunisia and the Jewish community in Tunisia has continued to practice without disturbance.

Despite going through and still working from the aftermath of their revolution, Tunisians have generously risen to the occasion to help foreign workers fleeing across its border with Libya. Tunisians from all walks of life have donated food, clothing and money and sent caravans of supplies to the border.

Unfortunately, the progress Tunisia has been making does not carry the excitement that has brought the press coverage Tunisia deserves. As one who has been living in Tunisia for several years, has been involved with the country for nearly 30 years, has many friends among the Jewish communities of Tunis and Jerba and has never heard an anti-Jewish slur, Tunisia is the untold story that deserves to be told!

Please tell everyone...Don't Forget Tunisia!

Jerry Sorkin (writing from Tunis, Tunisia)


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