A last farewell to Yoav Hattab at the synagogue in Tunis
On the Saturday evening of January 17, Tunisians of all faiths gave a last farewell to Yoav Hattab, a young Tunisian at the age of 21 who was killed in the hostage drama on January 9 at the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Porte de Vincennes, Paris.
Yoav Hattab was the son of Batou Hattab, chief rabbi and director of the Jewish school in Tunis. Hattab was a Tunisian national and described as a Tunisian patriot who for two years had resided in France in order to study.
The Tunisian-Jewish community is in a state of mourning following the death of Yoav Hattab and on the steps outside the Great Synagogue on the Avenue de la Liberté are lights placed, a hundred Tunisians of all faiths honored Hattab by singing the national anthem, lay flowers and light candles surrounded by journalists and police cars. A strong image in an area where the Jewish community normally behave discreetly.
Yoav Hattab was buried on Tuesday, January 13, at the grave site Har Hamenuhot in Jerusalem along with three other victims of the hostage crisis, they were also of Tunisian descent. The fact that Hattab’s funeral took place in Israel and not in Tunisia has been a topic of discussion and controversy in social media.
Yamina Thabet, President of the Tunisian Organisation for Aid for Minorities (L’Association Tunisienne de Soutien des Minorités) expressed disappointment for the lack of an official statement from the Tunisian authorities.
– The State has not expressed its condolences to the family, the state has not talked about this openly. They really need to understand that what happens behind the scenes do not interest us. There have been no reactions to the assassination of the Tunisian citizen Yoav Hattab. It’s the least you can ask for!
Joseph Krief who is a member of the Tunisian Jewish community expressed himself in a milder tone.
– The political problems, the authorities, all of this can be put aside. The authorities have already approved a manifestation in front of the synagogue, which has meant strengthened security, something that expresses an indirect participation on their part.
Political parties have also been silent. Only the Islamist movement Ennahda have expressed condolences via its twitter account.