Tunisia hosts Jewish pilgrimage under tight security

A French Jew, Bebert Zouili, attends the annual Jewish pilgrimage in the resort of Djerba, Tunisia, in the Ghriba synagogue, the oldest Jewish monument built in Africa more than 2,500 years ago, Friday April 26, 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Aimen Zine)

DJERBA, Tunisia — The Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba is to take place Wednesday under extra security after the Bardo museum massacre and Israel’s warning of terror threats.

Hundreds are expected to take part, unlike the thousands who flocked to Africa’s oldest synagogue for the annual pilgrimage in the years before a 2002 suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda that cost 21 lives.

Barriers have been erected on access routes to Djerba in southern Tunisia and police checkpoints around Hara Kbira, the Jewish district of the island, an AFP journalist said.

The extra security follows the March 18 attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, that killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian policeman…