Israeli tourists are stopped from disembarking from their Norwegian cruise ship in Tunisia.

The prevention of 14 Israeli tourists from disembarking from their Norwegian cruise ship in Tunisia was because they didn’t have visas and had nothing to do with politics, Tunisia’s new tourism minister said.

On March 9, Tunisian authorities stopped the Israelis from leaving a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, prompting the company to accuse Tunisia of discrimination and cancel future stops in Tunisia.

“Like all countries in the world, there are procedures that have to be followed to get visas or entry permissions, which have nothing to do with certain nationalities,” Tourism Minister Amel Karboul told journalists. “We are a welcoming and tolerant country, but we are also a country of law.”

Tourism is a key industry in Tunisia and makes up 7.5 percent of its gross domestic product. In the aftermath of its 2011 revolution, however, tourists stayed away amid the unrest, strikes and terrorist attacks.
Source: Star Tribune