Tunisian authorities arrested five suspects for last week’s firebombing of the historic Ghriba Shul on the island of Djerba.
According to Tunisian news reports, four men, ages 19-20, were arrested last Friday by national security units. The suspects, who are not known to belong to any extremist groups, confessed to making four Molotov cocktails that they threw at the synagogue as part of general unrest that has gripped the country in recent weeks. A fifth suspect was arrested last Saturday night.
It is believed that Jews constructed the Ghriba Shul after fleeing Eretz Yisrael following either the destruction of the First or Second Bais Hamikdash. In 2002, the Tunisian synagogue was hit by an Al-Qaeda suicide bombing that killed 21 people.