Tunisians protest against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 9 December 2017 in Sfax, Tunisia
A Tunisian campaign seeks to gather one million signatories in order to criminalise normalisation of relations with Israel.
“Tunisians against normalisation” was launched in response to US President Donald Trump’s unilateral move to declare his administration’s decision to recognise unified Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in contravention of international laws and numerous UN resolutions.
Official spokesman for the campaign, Hafez Al-Sawari, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that the campaign will include all Tunisians, including political parities, organisations and NGOs, and is a historical opportunity to rally people behind a single cause. He believes that this initiative has come about due to their belief that “Zionism is inhumane”.
He added that Tunisia has sacrificed many martyrs to liberate Palestine and fight Israel since 1948.
Al-Sawari also noted that the recent American decision has accelerated this campaign, which is the least that can be done to support Palestinians and the Palestinian cause. This movement, along with countrywide protests, send a message that Tunisians are against normalisation and support the Palestinian cause.
According to Al-Sawari, the campaign collected 13,000 signatures within a few hours of its launch. The goal is to reach a million signatories, making it the largest campaign in Tunisia. It will then be presented to the People’s Assembly to demand the adoption of a law that criminalises normalising relations with Israel.
(Source / 15.12.2017)