Algerian elites pretend to be civilised; offer non-existent Jews a place of worship:
Salafists oppose Algiers synagogue reopening
Nostalgia-soaked piece inÂ Al-JazeeraÂ focusing on the redevelopment of Beirut’s Jewish quarter, Wadi abu-Jamil, where the last Jewish resident, Lisa Srour, has been served notice to quit. The synagogue is the only reminder of a community long departed, but not enough funding has been raised to complete its renovation.
ALGIERS: Salafists protested Friday against government plans to reopen synagogues which were closed for security reasons during Algeria’s civil war of the 1990s.
After weekly Friday prayers atÂ Al-Mouminine MosqueÂ in the poorÂ Belcourt districtÂ of Algiers, dozens of worshippers tried to march in the streets but were blocked by police, anÂ AFPÂ journalist reported.
“No to the Judaization of Algeria!” and “Muslim Algeria!” were among slogans chanted by the demonstrators, who also condemned Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
They were responding to a call by Salafist leaderÂ Abdelfatah HamadashÂ to oppose the mooted reopening of synagogues, which he said would pave the way for “a normalization of relations betweenÂ AlgeriaÂ and Israel.”
The North African country’s Jewish population, which numbered around 130,000 when a war of independence fromÂ FranceÂ broke out in 1954, is tiny, although no official figures are available.
The vast majority left during the war, and those who remained were targeted by hard-line Islamists during the bloody decade of civil strife, when two of their leaders were assassinated and synagogues closed.
“There is a Jewish community in our country that is well accepted by Algerian society. It has the right to exist,” he said, describing the community’s leader as a “patriot.”
He said, however, the reopening of synagogues was not likely soon, adding that “a place of worship must be made safe before it can be opened to the faithful.”
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