Daily Israel Report

Tunisian Vandals Spray Star of David on Mosque, Ruin Koran

In the Tunisian capital, vandals spray-paint a Star of David on the outside of a mosque, desecrate the Koran.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 3/19/2012, 11:45 PM

Koran (illustrative)
Koran (illustrative)
Israel News photo: Flash 90

A Jewish Star of David was spray-painted by vandals last Friday on to the wall of the al-Fath mosque in the Tunisian capital.

A day earlier, two mosques in the town of Ben Guerdane were vandalized. Their Islamic holy books, the Koran, were damaged inside the buildings as well. The town is located near the border with Libya.

The desecration comes as Tunisians are struggling to maintain a peaceful compromise between all the elements of a society rocked with conflict since the Jasmine Revolution that toppled its longtime dictator, President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, in January 2011.

Gaza's Hamas de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh promised “difficult days” for Israel while speaking at a rally in Tunis attended by thousands of Salafi supporters in January. During his visit to the Tunisian capital, Haniyeh urged Arab Spring revolutionaries there to “fight the army of Al Quds.”

In response to a call by Israeli cabinet minister and vice premier Silvan Shalom for Tunisian Jews to move to the Jewish State, the country's ruling Islamist Ennahda party meanwhile has  underscored its intention to maintain “a democratic state that respects its citizens and looks after them regardless of their religion.”

The centrist Islamist party gained control of the government following parliamentary elections in October 2011. The country's Islamist Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali has vowed to maintain a moderate stance and fight corruption.