Lebanese Christians protest torching of library by Islamic extremists

(JNS.org) Hundreds of Lebanese Christians took to the streets in Tripoli to protest the torching of a decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest.

The demonstrators held up banners reading, “Tripoli, peaceful town” and “This is contrary to the values of the Prophet [Mohammed],” Ya Libnan reported.

On Friday night, assailants torched the personal library of Greek Orthodox Priest Ibrahim Surouj, destroying two-thirds of the 80,000 books and manuscripts.

The attack came after “a pamphlet was allegedly discovered inside one of the books that insulted Islam and the Prophet Mohammed,” a Lebanese security official told AFP. But it later became clear that no pamphlet existed. 

The incident comes amid growing radicalism in Lebanon related to the nearby Syrian Civil War. 

Posted on January 5, 2014 .