Tunisian Rabbi Attougui reads the Torah, Judaism’s most important text, at the Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba on May 6, 2015, at the start of a two-day annual pilgrimage. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
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Hundreds of Jews were flocking to the Tunisian island of Djerba Wednesday for an annual pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue with security tightened after the Bardo museum massacre and warnings of extremist attacks.This year's visit follows a March 18 attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, claimed by the ISIS, which killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian policeman.Tunisian Jews now number around 1,500, compared with an estimated 100,000 when the country gained independence from France in 1956 .Tourism was already suffering from the fallout of Tunisia's 2011 revolution and organisers say the few hundred Jewish visitors expected for this year's Djerba pilgrimage are a far cry from the 8,000 or so who made the trip before 2002 .
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