A Jewish official in Tunisia on Tuesday said that the burning to the ground of a building which served as a synagogue in the south of the country was not an attack on the local Jewish community.
Roger Bismuth, the president of the Jewish community in Tunisia, told The Jerusalem Post that the fire which broke out at a makeshift Jewish place of worship in the town of Ghabes was probably not an act of anti-Semitism but of vandalism.
"It was a room used as a synagogue by Jews who did not want to go to a synagogue which was far away ," he said. "It is their fault, really, because they left it open. Some one must have. This is not an attack on the Jewish community."
'I cannot confirm that synagogue was burnt down' (Tunisian News agency) (with thanks: Sylvia)
Now they are turning against the Jews. News just in from AFP: (with thanks: Michelle)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.