TUNIS â€” Synagogue burned while police stands by, does nothing Â (AFP)
Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia, a leader of the local Jewish community said Tuesday. (Right after the Islamic headbanger in chief returned from Londonistan, where he found refuge for the last 20 years. What a coincidence…!)
“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.
And what are they calling for?
The protesters are chanting, “Oh America and Israel … you people of evil.”
Iranian state-owned news agency IRNA reported the Israeli embassy in Cairo was attacked by armed men in the morning of Feb. 1. According to eyewitnesses cited by IRNA, an Egyptian officer who was guarding the embassy was killed. The attackers reportedly withdrew from the embassy following clashes with the Egyptian forces around the embassy. (Stratfor)
An effigy depicting President Hosni Mubarak is seen hanging on a traffic light as Anti-government demonstrate in Tahrir square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian authorities battled to save President Hosni Mubarak’s regime with a series of concessions and promises to protesters, but realities on the streets of Cairo may be outrunning his capacity for change. (Emierates 24-7 viaÂ ROP)
“Nothing to do with religion”- right?
Mubarak’s grip on Egypt looked increasingly tenuous on Tuesday after the army pledged not to confront protesters who converged in Cairo in their tens of thousands to demand an end to his 30-year rule.
Women demonstrate in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city’s main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power