68 Graves Ransacked in Coastal Town of Sousee

Written by JIMENA’s Communications Director, Kouichi Shirayangi

Published by JTA on January 28th, 2013

“More than 68 gravestones were found ransacked and graves were looted at a Jewish cemetery in the coastal Tunisian town of Sousse.

The Tunisian Shems FM radio station cited a Tunisian security official who said the graves were damaged over the last month. Claims on Facebook had said the graves were vandalized on Jan. 23.

According to the Shems FM report, Tunisian youths believing rumors that the Jews bury their dead with gold were responsible for the grave looting.

Only a few Jewish families now live in Sousse, which had a Jewish community of nearly 6,000 at the time of Tunisia’s independence in 1956. One Jewish-owned fruit juice shop, Pascal, is located in the city.” Read the rest of the article here.

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