Thousands of Jews Make an Annual Pilgrimage to This Muslim Country (NatGeo)

These communities coexist against all odds.

The small island of Djerba off the coast of Tunisia has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday: Glistening white sands, warm Mediterranean waters, small villages with mazelike alleys, and hundreds of archaeological sites witnessing the land’s long history. After arriving, many tourists seem content to burrow under a thatched umbrella of a luxury resort along the beach of Sidi Mahres, neglecting some of the real charm of the island.

Head deeper inside, past craft markets, café terraces, and decrepit colonial buildings, and a fascinating contrast is revealed: There remains one of the oldest Jewish settlements in the world, in a country that’s 98 percent Muslim (Continue reading on National Geographic). 


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