The Freedoms Committee in the Tunisian Parliament, on Tuesday, approved a draft law criminalizing the normalization of relations with Israel, amid ongoing protests in solidarity with Palestinians in the country. Reuters reports.

The move paves the way for hearings on the bill followed by a public session for discussion and vote. Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, said on Tuesday that the failure of the UN Security Council to stop massacres in Gaza is “inexcusable”, Anadolu Agency reports.

Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister, Riyad al-Maliki in Ramallah, West Bank on June 24, 2023 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Speaking at a Security Council open debate in New York, Maliki said the Council has a duty to stop the killings perpetrated by Israel.

The Tunisian draft comes as Israeli reprisal strikes on blockaded Gaza have killed more than 16,000 people in response to Hamas, who killed at least 1,400 Israelis in a rampage after breaching the fence enclosing Gaza on 7 October, 2023.

Israel’s Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, said Tuesday he will not meet UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, after he made remarks to the UN Security Council, Anadolu Agency reports.

People carry Palestinian flags as they stage a demonstration in support of Palestinians on Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia on October 15, 2023. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]

Tunisia does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, but Israeli tourists, most of who are of Tunisian origin, take part annually in Jewish celebrations at Ghriba synagogue in Djerba.

This year, an attack near the Djerba synagogue killed two security officers and two Jewish visitors, one French Tunisian and the other Israeli Tunisian. In recent years, Morocco, Bahrain and the Emirates have normalized relations with Israel.

Saudi Arabia is putting US-backed plans to normalize ties with Israel on ice, two sources familiar with Riyadh’s thinking said, signalling a review of its foreign policy priorities as war escalates between Israel and Palestinian group, Hamas.

Israeli soldiers take part in a military drill aboard Merkava tanks on October 24, 2023 [JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images]

We must be clear, though, that this is not a war between Israel and Hamas, as the mainstream media is calling it. It’s a war against the Palestinians; a continuation of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing that started in 1948 and has never really stopped.

With whole neighborhoods reduced to rubble, and civilian infrastructure damaged or destroyed completely, if and when the shooting and bombing stops, the humanitarian catastrophe will remain.

Where are all the homeless, displaced people going to live? It will be back to 1948 and 1967, with refugees in their own land — today we call them “internally displaced people”, IDP’s — living in desert tents and dependent on humanitarian aid

Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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Krampus de Ville
Krampus de Ville
24-10-23 18:41

Israeli tourists, most of who are of Tunisian origin, take part annually in Jewish celebrations at Ghriba synagogue in Djerba.

That is not true, the Jews of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey were not indigenous to these countries but they were the descendants of the Jews that got expelled from Spain and Portugal and they settled in these Muslim countries but they have never expressed any gratitude. I dare anyone to show me a picture of any Jew who claims to be indigenous to Tunisia, I dare you.

Reply to  Krampus de Ville
25-10-23 04:47

You are historically correct KV but previous to that the Romans expelled the Jews who scattered throughout north Africa and elsewhere during the “Jewish Wars ” against the Romans so yes they are not indigenous .

The Hebrews kept asking Pharaoh for help when the Babylonians invaded and then the Persians so some fled to Egypt now they ask America for help -see the tie up ?- large and powerful countries -even went to Rome to ask the Emperor for help with internal matters.