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Tunisia Synagogue Fire Probed

June 4, 1979
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The French daily “Le Matin Dimanche” quotes today an unidentified Jewish woman who says she saw three men enter the Djerba synagogue just before a fire broke out last May 9. The 24-year-old woman says she saw the three men approach the synagogue at 10:30 p.m. and “forced their way in.” A few minutes later, she saw them leave the building.

Another young Djerba Jew, identified as David, told the newspaper that there were no candles burning that night in the synagogue.

The paper quotes Tunisian Chief Rabbi Fradji Uzan who repeated his conviction that the authorities are doing everything in their power to find the origin of the fire. Fradji stressed that the country’s Jews enjoy full and equal rights.

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