UPDATE: This story has been widely disputed, and its veracity cannot now be verified.
The secular ruler Ben Ali is gone and now the Islamic supremacists are reasserting themselves — with police approval. “Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader,” from AFP, February 2 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
TUNIS — Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia, a leader of the local Jewish community said Tuesday.
“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….