Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Terrorism alert in Tunisia

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Israel warns Jewish pilgrims of ‘severe’ terror threat in Tunisia. As Lag B’Omer festival approaches, counter-terror agency sees ‘concrete’ jihadist threat on historic Djerba island (Times of Israel).
Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Monday highlighted a “severe” travel advisory for Tunisia.

Many Jews who hail from the Mediterranean Arab country travel each year to the island of Djerba in the country’s south, the historic home of an ancient community of Jewish priestly families, to celebrate the Lag B’Omer holiday, which this year falls on May 25-26.

The bureau, a branch of the Prime Minister’s Office, on Monday urged Israelis and Jews not to visit the country this year due to the “high” likelihood of attacks by jihadist groups.

That's a pity. More on the Tunisian island of Djerba and its ancient synagogue is here and links. And there's more on Tunisian archaeology and the terrorist threat to its tourist industry here and links.