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Synagogue torched in Tunisia, Southern Gabes region

2011/02/01

UPDATE: Steven Givler has a post on travels in Tunisia

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(AFP) TUNIS

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.

Twenty-one people were killed, including 16 European tourists, when Al-Qaeda bombers attacked Ghriba in April 2002.

Synagogue of Gabes, Tunisia, ca 1953

Background on the unrest, here.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. 2011/02/01 17:41

    Alas, anyone with three firing synapses can intuit where all this is heading. Too bad (but not at all surprising) that the Beltway clowns weren’t able to anticipate and prepare for Iran’s retribution for Stuxnet.

    There’s all kinds of potential for this to turn into a really frightening ride going forward.

    • 2011/02/01 18:18

      Wait ’til Iran learns that Stuxnet was the brainchild of a Saudi-American machine-level codehacker called ‘Aj Suhail.’ Reminds me, more mohammedans are killed each year by fellows than by theists.

  2. Hrothgar permalink
    2011/02/02 00:45

    Ah yes, freedom of the Islamic religion where the ability to kill Jews and infidels is a feature, nt a bug!

  3. 2011/02/02 06:37

    Thanks for the link, Ran.

    Had a discussion with a friend yesterday who’s spent his adult life working for the State Department and the Department of Defense, and who is supposed to be highly educated. He spouted the well-worn line about Islam having brought about a golden age of enlightenment and scientific achievement. I asked him if he didn’t think a large amount of that “enlightenment” was the work of other cultures, whose work was claimed after they came under the banner of Allah. He expressed shock at the thought. “Everyone knows that it was the Muslims who achieved those things,” he explained.

    But if Islam is the height of culture and advancement, and if it gave us all the things with which it’s credited, why aren’t Islamic states the most advanced countries in the world? Why isn’t Saudi Arabia, which has been Islamic since the beginning of the cult, the most highly-educated, cleanest, most civilized nation in the world?

    Why is it that if you scratch the surface of an Islamic country, you find, not the tolerance and greatness we’re lead to expect, but instead a propensity for oppression, persecution, and the burning of synagogues?

    • 2011/02/02 12:09

      At one time, “everyone knew” just how damnably flat the Earth was as well. It must be the most cruel of ironies. Where today is the evidence for such historical marvels of intellectual and creative advancement… Sun Tzu? Aristotle? Newton? Locke? Dirac? Mozart? Buonarroti? Einstein? Corbusier? Stravinsky? Balanchine?

      What field of human endeavor is it in? I can think of but one, right off the top.

      With the sole exception of 9, most numeral forms are borrowed from the gamatriaic use of right-handed cursive Hebrew letters. Our numerals aren’t “Arab”, they’re mostly Indo-Jewish, credit assumed under a cultural dhimmi tax.

      The point being, when one pads one’s resume… the results aren’t pretty.

  4. ccoffer permalink
    2011/02/05 23:36

    Arabs didn’t invent zero either. That is a popular lie. It was an Indian thing that they stole. Islam creates nothing but blood and manure.

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