Daily Israel Report

Israelis Warned Against Lag Ba’Omer Tunisia Travel

National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau recommends not visiting Tunisia in Bin Laden aftermath.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/17/2011, 10:04 PM / Last Update: 5/17/2011, 10:43 PM

The National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau recommends that Israelis cancel any plans they may have made to visit Tunisia on the Lag Ba’Omer holiday.

The CTB said it was making the recommendation in view of terror groups’ intention to perpetrate revenge attacks following the elimination of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, and given the number of Israelis and Jews expected in Tunisia ahead of the Lag Ba'Omer holiday.
 
Thousands of Jews make the trip to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba every year, to pray and receive blessings.
The festivities surrounding the pilgrimage will be scaled down this year, the head of Tunisia's Jewish community, Peretz Trabelsi, told AFP.
 
"At the same time, the fete and auction for the profit of the Jewish community and the procession in the roads around the synagogue have been cancelled because of a lack of foreign visitors," he said. "People are afraid of the security situation in the country."
 
He was presumably referring to the unstable aftermath of the popular rebellion that ousted Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January.
 
A truck bombing struck Ghriba just before the 2002 Lag Ba’Omer pilgrimage and killed 21 people, including 14 German tourists. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.