Many Tunisians denounced the assault against civilians in Gaza following bloody rocket exchanges between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force. The clashes resulted in the death of 15 Palestinians and three Israelis, including civilians and military personnel.
The recent violence sparked a wave of interactions on social networks, especially on Twitter and Facebook. Worldwide internet users were sharing both concerns and updates about the situation in the Gaza Strip.
While a significant number of Tunisians protested the latest escalation online, about 100 protesters gathered today, November 15, in the main thoroughfare of downtown Tunis in order to express solidarity with the Palestinians.
Protesters waved Palestinian flags and held signs that condemned the attacks against civilians. Some of the signs read, “No Hamas, No Fatah, Palestine is what matters,” “Stop the Assault on Gaza,” and “Palestine does not bleed, it donates blood to restore Arab dignity.” They were also chanting “people want the liberation of Palestine.” Some protesters held the Syrian flag as a sympathizing gesture towards the Syrian people.
Additionally, the official spokesperson of the Tunisian Presidency stated in a press release that the Tunisian people send prayers and condolences to Palestinians after the loss of their “brave martyrs.” The communique considered the Israeli attacks as unjustifiable and unfair. It further accused the Israeli government of an unwillingness to strive for peace in the region by committing such crimes. The Tunisian president expressed his continuous support to Palestinians in their “fight for legitimate rights.”
Ennahdha, the ruling party, issued a press release condemning what they described as “continuous Zionist savage crimes committed against our brothers and sisters in Gaza and throughout Palestine.”
Abdelhamid Jlassi, deputy chairman of the Ennahdha party, called Tunisian political parties and representatives of the civil society to show solidarity with the Palestinian people by protesting peacefully on Friday, November 16.