Tunis, Tunisia – (African Boulevard News) – Tunisian authorities have announced that the deadly attack on the ancient synagogue in Djerba was premeditated. The attack which claimed the lives of 5 people was carried out by a national guardsman named Wissam Khazri who had intentionally targeted the synagogue on the Mediterranean island of Djerba.
The attack took place on Tuesday, May 10th, 2023, during a religious gathering and left several others injured. Tunisian authorities have since been investigating the matter and have now come to the conclusion that the national guardsman had planned the attack. There are reports that he had previously expressed extremist views and even applauded previous attacks on religious institutions.
The Tunisian government has condemned the attack and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Interior Minister, Ali Mechichi, has assured the public that the state is taking all necessary measures to strengthen security in the country and prevent further attacks.
The attack has sent shock waves through the Jewish community in Tunisia and around the world. The synagogue in Djerba has been a place of worship for over 2,000 years and is a significant cultural and historical site in Tunisia. The attack has also raised concerns about the safety of religious minorities in Tunisia and the need for greater protection.
The President of the Tunisian Jewish community, Perez Trabelsi, has said that the attack was a “cowardly act” but also expressed his appreciation for the support of the Tunisian authorities in ensuring the safety of the Jewish community.
The attack has also been condemned by international leaders and organizations. The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an immediate end to all forms of violence and discrimination against religious minorities. The European Union has also expressed its condolences and solidarity with Tunisia and its Jewish community.
In conclusion, the premeditated attack on the ancient synagogue in Djerba has caused outrage and condemnation from the Tunisian government, the Jewish community, and international leaders. Tunisian authorities have promised to bring the perpetrators to justice and strengthen security measures in the country to prevent future attacks. The attack has also highlighted the need for greater protection of religious minorities and the importance of promoting tolerance and understanding in Tunisia and around the world.