Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gangs in Tunisia Burn Torah Scroll, Set Synagogue on Fire

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Gangs in Tunisia set a synagogue on fire, which burned a Torah scroll, and damaged four Jewish-owned cars Monday night as chaos and sabotage began to break out after the revolution two weeks ago. No injuries were reported.

Peres Trabelsi, spokesman for Tunisia's 2,000-member Jewish community, told foreign news agencies, "I condemn this action and I believe those who did it want to create divisions between Jews and Muslims in Tunisia who have lived for decades in peace."

The small synagogue is located in the southern city of Gabe. Cars were damaged in Djerba where Al-Qaeda terrorists killed 21 Jews in a synagogue in 2002, the last time a Jewish institution was attacked in the country until this week. Djerba is home to most of Tunisia’s Jews.

After the street revolution that toppled the 23-year regime of Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali, the Israeli Foreign Ministry airlifted 21 Israeli tourists from Djerba.

The ministry, through a third party, asked authorities in Tunisia to “take all required measures to make sure Jewish community institutes as well as premises will not be affected by looting in the street as much as possible, due to the lack of physical security on the street these days.”

Gangs also went on a rampage in schools in the capital, and the army deployed forces to stop the chaos that has followed the street revolution two weeks ago. The revolution toppled the 23-year regime of Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali. The United Nations said 147 people were killed in the uprising.

Original URL: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142083

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

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1 comment:

Moshe Sharon said...

The Parsha Shemini is about the completion of the inauguration of the Tabernacle. The number seven represents all things occurring within the natural construct of this finite world, while the number eight represents all things beyond nature, or infinity. According to Rashi, the eighth day was the day of re-establishing the eternal connection with the Almighty that we had lost when we stumbled and fumbled with the golden calf. Here at the beginning of this portion, we are witness to the momentous occasion of our reconciliation with our Creator, who is beyond all things natural and supernatural. Once Aaron had achieved atonement with the final offerings of the eighth day, the Shechina descended into full view and all of the people fell on their faces. G-d resumed His place among His people. Thus the Torah reminds us that we are a Holy people whose very existence as a nation is beyond nature. Therefore, the prime minister would do well to remember that G-d is the Guardian of Israel and that destroying Jewish homes gives the impression to our enemies that the Israeli government has abandoned the Jewish people who remained in Samaria leaving at the mercy of the Arab cutthroats. The only way to prevent more killing is for the Israeli politicians to back up the Jewish heroes who are establishing their homes on Jewish land in the face of Arab hatred and, worse yet, Israeli government apathy. More at http://moshesharon.wordpress.com

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