Isolated on a small niche of North Africa’s largest island, the Jews of Djerba have been called the last Arab Jews—and it is hardly an exaggeration.Across the rest of the Middle East, Jewish communities have been vanishing over the past half century, since the creation of Israel.Middle East feminists, however, have largely condemned their approach saying their tactics are foreign to the largely conservative region and risk provoking backlash against women and real concerns like achieving equality.The protests come during a particularly delicate period for Tunisia, where decades of progressive legislation are being challenged by a rising trend of conservatism and there is a struggle over the identity of this North African nation of 10 million.By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to allow us to collect information on and off Facebook through cookies.Learn more, including about available controls: Cookies Policy.'We are attacking the Ministry of Justice one day before the trial for Tunisian FEMEN prisoner Amina to demand to let Amina free and to give up Islamists tradition judging women's liberation,' she wrote.Though it has the reputation as one of the most progressive countries in the Middle East for women's rights, overwhelmingly Muslim Tunisia is still a relatively conservative society and there has been a rise of piety since the overthrow of the secular dictatorship in 2011.
She might return to work, she mused, but her husband must approve: “I will need permission,” she said.DJERBA, Tunisia—By the hundreds, they gathered for a pre-wedding party on a resort island in Tunisia.Here, in the heart of the Muslim world, the crowds were speaking Arabic.The band was Arab too, playing boisterous Arabic melodies.
But the revelers were Orthodox Jews—as devout as they come.Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is a group of militants mainly from Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and is regarded by the United States as the most dangerous branch of the network founded by Osama bin Laden. The United States, eager to help the country recover from the upheaval that has pushed it to the brink of collapse, has said it would provide 5 million in security, humanitarian and development aid this year, more than double last year.