Sousse (سوسة Sūsa) is a city, capital of the Sousse Governorate 140 km south of the capital Tunis in the central-east of the country on the Gulf of Hammamet, which is part of the Mediterranean Sea.. The economy is based on transport equipment, processed food, olive oil, textiles and tourism.
"For the second time in a month, vandals desecrated Jewish graves in Tunisia. An earlier incident in the coastal Tunisian town of Sousse left more than 68 Jewish graves ransacked and looted on Jan. 23, according to the Tunisian Shems FM radio station.The last Jew left Kef in 1984, according to Dreuz.info, a French new site. It quoted Yves Kamhi, a Jewish lawyer, as saying some human skeletons were found outside their graves.Some 1,700 Jews live in Tunisia, according to the European Jewish Congress. They numbered 100,000 in 1948." [Jerusalem Post Feb 2013]
"More than 68 gravestones were found ransacked and graves were looted at a Jewish cemetery in the coastal Tunisian town of Sousse last Wednesday. 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 January 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. According to TAP, the Tunisian state news agency, the office of Prime Minister Hammadi Jebali of the Islamist Ennahda party released a statement last Friday expressing "deep indignation at any criminal act undermining Tunisia's cultural and historical heritage," and said that efforts were under way to work with security forces and the judiciary to ensure that attacks on cemeteries and mausoleums stopped. The Tunisian Ministry of Culture recently announced that 34 shrines of venerated Sufi Muslim saints have been attacked by religious extremists since the country's January 2011. " Source: Jerusalem Post [ Feb 2013]