Looters target Tunisian synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011
Looters stole Judaica and smashed windows

Looters stole Judaica and smashed windows

A synagogue in the Tunisian city of Sfax has been vandalised.

According to CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, Synagogue Beth-El was ransacked towards the end of last month while Tunisian Muslims were marking the month of Ramadan.

It is believed the synagogue has not been guarded since the Arab Spring revolutionaries overthrew the government of President Zein el-Abbadin Bin Ali.

Witnesses told CRIF that windows were broken, marble plaques marking supporters of the synagogue were smashed and the contents of cabinets including collection boxes and silver Judaica items were stolen.

In addition, several household appliances including the air conditioner unit are missing from the apartment adjoining the synagogue.

Sfax, once Tunisia's economic capital, is home to around 30 Jewish people, many of them elderly.

The rest of Tunisia's estimated 2,000-strong Jewish community live in the cities of Djerba or Tunis.

In February, Muslim protesters gathered outside the main synagogue in Tunis shouting anti-Jewish slogans and reportedly calling for death to Jews.

Last updated: 9:57am, September 7 2011