(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.