Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s decision to appoint a Jewish businessman to the post of tourism minister has been met with protest in the North African country.

Opponents of Rene Trabelsi’s appointment accuse him of supporting Israel.

Trabelsi’s appointment is historic in that he is the first Jew to be appointed minister in the country since the 1950s.

Born on the island of Djerba, Trabelsi is the son of one of the heads of Tunisia’s Jewish community.