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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Synagogue torched in Tunisia (updated)

From AFP:
Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia, a leader of the local Jewish community said Tuesday.
"Someone set fire to the synagogue on Monday night and the Torah scrolls were burned," Trabelsi Perez told AFP, criticising the lack of action by the security services to stop the attack.
"What astonished me was that there were police not far from the synagogue," added Perez, who is also head of the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, the oldest synagogue in Africa.
(h/t T34)

UPDATE: Another member of the community denies it was an attack on Jews but rather it was simple vandalism. (Ibid.)