Al-Ghriba all set for pilgrimage next week

Pilgrims flock to Al Ghriba (photo: Fox News)

 The synagogue of al-Ghriba is all set to welcome thousands of visitors on 6 and 7 May 2015 for the annual Lag Ba’ Omer pilgrimage. The Tunisian government seems particularly keen to show it has taken all necessary security precautions, according to Tunis Afrique Presse. Not only has the synagogue been a target of a terrorist attack in 2002, but 21 tourists were gunned down at the Bardo Museumin March.

Tunis — Minister of the Interior Mohamed Najem Gharsalli, on Friday,
said his department has taken appropriate measures to ensure the success
of the pilgrimage to El Ghriba, Djerba scheduled from May 6 to 7, 2015.

“The ministry has prepared the security reinforcements needed for the
success of this event,” he indicated at a meeting, attended by
ambassadors of Algeria, France, Russia, USA, Italy, Japan, United
Kingdom, South Africa, Czech Republic, Spain, China, Netherlands and
Canada.

The Synagogue of El Ghriba, which was the scene of a terrorist attack in 2002, hosted nearly 2,500 pilgrims in 2014.

Mr. Gharsalli said all precautions have been taken to protect the residents and visitors in their travel and stay in Tunisia.

The government will be represented at this event by several
ministers, including the Ministers of the Interior and Tourism, to show
its commitment to the success of the pilgrimage season and to rooting
out terrorism.

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