Tunisian Rabbi Daoud reads the torah at the Ghriba Synagogue on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba on May 14, 2017 during the second day of the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the synagogue thought to be Africa's oldest. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Tunisia plans to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for the island of Djerba, site of Africa's oldest synagogue and an annual Jewish pilgrimage, its culture minister said on Sunday.Some 3,000 pilgrims attended this year's Jewish pilgrimage to the island, which ended Sunday under tight security following a string of jihadist attacks in Tunisia.The number of pilgrims visiting the Ghriba synagogue has fallen sharply since a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda struck Ghriba just before the 2002 pilgrimage, killing 21 people.Around 1,500 Jews live in Tunisia today, down from an estimated 100,000 before the country won independence from France in 1956 .
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