Hundreds of Tunisians reportedly burnt the el-Hamma Synagogue on Tuesday evening, according to videos and images posted on TikTok and Twitter. In the initial videos, no police or emergency services are seen responding to the incident.
The synagogue, located in the Gabès Governorate, does not function as there is currently no Jewish community that lives in the town of el-Hamma, according to The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life.
The synagogue attack came hours after false media reports claimed that the Israel Defense Forces had bombed the Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza.
The synagogue attack has not yet been reported by Tunisian or international media.
Tunisie , la synagogue de Gabes saccagée pic.twitter.com/9PbzY5FeKE
— 🇫🇷Salat Bernard 🐬 / صلاة برنا /ברנר סלה🌅🤝📐 (@bernardsala) October 18, 2023
Israeli and US officials, along with independent intelligence analysts, have all claimed that the strike was due to an errant rocket launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
The synagogue attack comes after a deadly terrorist attack in March attack against the historic El Ghriba Synagogue on the island of Djerba.
That attack was carried out by a naval officer serving on the island who shot dead one of his colleagues at his base before collecting more ammunition and traveling nine miles to the synagogue, where he opened fire on guards at the entrance, according to the Tunisian interior ministry. Four people were killed during the assault, including two security guards and a pair of cousins — Benjamin Haddad, a 42-year-old French citizen, and Aviel Haddad, a 30-year-old holder of French and Israeli passports who lived in Israel. Four worshipers and six security officers were wounded and rushed to hospital.
En Tunisie, la synagogue d'El Hamma a été détruite et incendiée hier soir par des centaines d'émeutiers, sans la moindre intervention policière. De nombreuses vidéos sur TikTok et Facebook. Et pas la moindre mention dans les médias nationaux https://t.co/U601jWVYWq pic.twitter.com/6F8uIZhoe3
— Joseph Hirsch (@josephhirsch5) October 18, 2023