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Tunisia: Man jailed for spraying Star of David on mosque

Tunisian citizen who sprayed Star of David on mosque after Friday prayers sentenced to five months in jail

A Tunisian court sentenced Riza al-Hariri, who spray-painted the Jewish symbol of the Star of David on the wall of the al-Fateh mosque in the capital, Tunis, to five months in prison. 

 

Al-Hariri has been in custody since his arrest in March, while the trial against him was being held. After the court had determined his sentence, it was reported Wednesday that he would be released within 24 hours, as five months have passed since he was arrested.

 

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Al-Hariri, 57, sprayed the Star of David on the al-Fateh mosque as people were leaving the mosque after a Friday prayers. Appalled by his conduct, those leaving the mosque reported al-Hariri to the authorities and he was arrested immediately.

 


רצה עם בטן חשופה והכעיסה את הקיצונים בארצה. חביבה גריבי (צילום: EPA)

Angered radicals. Habiba Ghribi (Photo: EPA)

 

The Tunisian presidency condemned the incident and said that there are those who want to threaten Tunisian unity.

 

On Tuesday, Islamist extremists targeted two Tunisian Olympic medalists for behavior and dress seen as un-Islamic.

 

Radicals on social media networks called on the government to strip Habiba Ghribi, the first Tunisian woman to win an Olympic medal, of her nationality because her running gear was too revealing.

 

In addition, a Facebook campaign by extremist group Ansar al Chariaa is targeting swimmer Oussama Mellouli for drinking juice before racing during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

 

AP contributed to the report

 

 

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