By Farah Samti | Dec 31 2011Civil Society , criminalization , Mahrzia Labidi , National Day for Criminalization of Relations' Normalization with Israel , normalization ,
Yesterday, December 30th, thirteen Tunisian civil society groups organized a marchÂ in observance of the National Day for CriminalizingÂ the Normalization of RelationsÂ with Israel in front of the Constituent Assembly’s headquarters. These organizations called out, not only toÂ the Tunisian government but toÂ all Arab governments, against theÂ normalization ofÂ engagement with Israel.
The march involved Tunisian citizens fromÂ a variety ofÂ age and social demographics. Members of the Palestinian delegation from Gaza, who arrived here last week, also participated in the march.
Among those associations present were: the Tunisian League of Tolerance, the Tunisian Association of Islam’s Voice, the Union of Arab Youth, the Association of Women for Citizenship and Equality, the Tunisian Association of Young Doctors, andÂ a number ofÂ others.
A meeting was held between representatives of the associations and vice-president of the Constituent Assembly, Mahrzia Labidi, toÂ explain the objectives behind the march. The groupsÂ proposed an article to the Tunisian ConstitutionÂ that wouldÂ criminalize theÂ normalization of relations with Israel, and askedÂ that the article beÂ voted onÂ before Constituent Assembly.