According to reports, the el-Hamma Synagogue in Tunisia’s Gabès Governorate was set on fire on Tuesday night.
Video of the incident reveals that neither the police nor the emergency services responded right away.
There used to be a Hebrew plaque at the site’s entrance that stated, “In honor of the holy Kabbalist Rabbi Yassaf El-Ma’arabi, a student of the 16th-century Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria.”
Due to the lack of a Jewish community in the area, the synagogue in el-Hamma is today vacant, although its significance still persists.
Videos from the morning after showed the shul complex suffering severe fire damage, along with Arabic graffiti covering the walls of the few unharmed rooms.
Shortly after false media reports claimed that the Israel Defense Forces had struck the Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza, this occurrence took place. However, officials from the US and Israel, as well as unbiased intelligence analysts, have all agreed that a misfired missile fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group from Gaza was to blame for the incident. The attack on the el-Hamma synagogue has been largely ignored by both Tunisian and foreign media.
This incident occurred shortly after a horrific terrorist attack in May at the famed El Ghriba Synagogue on the island of Djerba. The assassin was a naval officer stationed on the island, according to the Tunisian Interior Ministry, who first killed a coworker at his base.
Then, after getting additional ammo, he went to the synagogue and started shooting at the security guards at the door. Four people died in the incident, including two security personnel and two cousins, Benjamin Haddad, 42, of France, and Aviel Haddad, 30, of France and Israel, who lived in Israel. Additionally, eight people—four worshipers and six security guards—suffered injuries and sought treatment at nearby hospitals.