By Mischa Benoit-Lavelle | Nov 15 2011Caliphate ,Gaza ,Hamas ,Islamism in Tunisia ,Palestine
Tunisian Islamist party Ennahda invited Houda NaÃ¯m, a Hamas member of the Palestinian LegislativeÂ Council based in Gaza, to speak at a rally in Sousse, a coastal Tunisian city, this past Sunday. The event marked the first time in known memory a member of Hamas has addressed the Tunisian public.
NaÃ¯m praised the victory of the Tunisian people in establishing democracy, and stated her hope that the â€œliberationâ€ of Tunisia would lead to the liberation of Palestine.
The event also saw a speech from Ennahdaâ€™s general secretary Hammadi Jebali, recently proposed by the party to be the new Prime Minister of Tunisia.
Jebali declared that the occasion was â€œa divine moment in a new state, and in, hopefully, a 6th caliphate,â€ referring to the historical system of Islamic monarchies.
The tone of this last comment is in sharp contrast to many of the partyâ€™s public statements, where it has denied any intention of instituting Sharia or Islamic law in the nascent democracy.
The general secretary also echoed NaÃ¯mâ€™s words, stating, â€œThe liberation of Tunisia will, God willing, bring about the liberation of Jerusalem.â€
Source: Business News, Le Temps