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Foreign Affairs Minister Rafik Abdessalem

Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Rafik Abdessalem condemned Israel’s attack on a Tunisian primary school in the Gaza Strip.  On Saturday, November 17, a Tunisian delegation, including Abdessalem, paid a visit to Gaza where he denounced recent Israeli airstrikes that have already cost the lives of over 90 Palestinians.

During an Israeli air raid, a Tunisian primary school in the town of Beit Hanoun was bombarded on Saturday shortly before Abdessalem made his visit to the Gaza Strip, reported Mosaique FM.

Following a visit to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Abdessalem declared in a press conference, “We [the Tunisian delegation] came to Gaza carrying a message from the new Tunisia as well as from the Tunisian people to express our solidarity with our Palestenian brothers.” He added that the Israeli attacks in Gaza cannot not be “justified” by either “international laws” or any “ethical criterion.”

Prior to traveling to Gaza, Abdessalem participated on Friday, November 16, in an emergency meeting in Cairo convened by Arab foreign affairs ministers to discuss the developments in Gaza.

On the same day of Abdessalem’s visit to Gaza, demonstrations were held across Tunisia in Jendouba, Tozeur, and Gafsa, denouncing the airstrikes by Israeli Military in Gaza and expressing support for Palestinians, reported TAP.

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  1. Aymen Lass says:

    Hamas is a resistance movement ( that does right and does wrong sometimes, I am sure ) but it is not a terrorist organization, regardless of what the Tunisian government does or says. The zionism is way closer to terrorist than hamas will ever be. The article is about your dear zionists bombarding a primary school ( to send an F u message ) a real terrorist/psychopath act not about Tunisian Democracy or lack of.

    But you guys have learned your propaganda message so nicely that it doesn’t matter what the article is about, now does it?
    Well, we Tunisians lived in the deepest waters of propaganda machinery and messages and we fluently know how to decode your type of Bullshit Michael, so why don’t you try elsewhere, in the couple of countries left in the world where they’ll still buy your crap ;)

    • Michael says:

      Dear Mr. Lass,

      In answer to your kind response, I wouild like to respond to your intellectual points. First there is no need for decoding here, the truth is in front of your eyes if you choose to see it. Hamas is a terrorist organization defined by Euprope and the US. This organization as you put it, sometimes makes mistakes like throwing their own PLO brothers off the roof or executing people in the streets without due process.. We won’t even talk about firing rockets day in and day out at civilian targets , or hiding missiles near schools or hospitals a war crime by any standard. Let us forgive them for their oversights. I am sure your foreign minister has so much time on his hands that he can resolve the whole Palestenian issue by himself. The point that I made with regards to the realtionship of the Assad regime and Hamas is the fact that they fell from the same tree. Their DNA make up is simmple, resolution to problems by one means only, violence. This path will only get you more of the same results. For sixty years this issue has not gone away and will not go away till eveyone stops drinking the special cool aid juice that was developed by extremists on both sides. Of course you did not respond to the outrage in Syria, why I wonder? The death toll was too high to comment on. I go back to my original point that Tunisia needs to focus internally and realize that if you deal with savages you will become one. Every ounce of energy should be spent on solving the great issues that face Tunisia. Investing time in support of Hamas can only bring about your destruction. Or maybe you could incorporate the democratic ideals in Tunisia that Hamas has provided for its own people with same results low unemployment, a strong economy and a free liberal democracy. However, you choose to hide behind your own propaganda and not face the real problems at hand. Tunisia is far in advance of other middle eastern countries with a high percentage of educated citizens. Armed with knowledge it can be a new light of hope for the other countries. However, the new government is looking backwards and not to the future for their inspiration. So Mr. Lass maybe you can join Ben Ali in Saudi Arabia and compare notes on propaganda techniques to keep Tunisians on course for the same old same old rule of thumb which is to keep the masses focused on a distant cause while you maintain the same old system.

      Hope, I was able to answer some of your points.

      Michael

    • Iwona says:

      would you be interested in answering few of my questions regarding Tunisian support for Palestinians civilians? I am dong a research, I can give you more details if you contact me on my email iwona225@yahoo.com. I am going to delete this message soon if you will not reply. Thanks.

    • Iwona says:

      I really liked your reply! would you be interested in answering few of my questions regarding Tunisian support for Palestinians civilians? I am dong a research, I can give you more details if you contact me on my email iwona225@yahoo.com. I am going to delete this message soon if you will not reply. Thanks.

  2. michael says:

    I see nothing has changed in the middle east, Tunisia not excluded. Abdessalem visits GAZA to show his support for a terrorist organization. The same rich anti-zionist diet deflecting attention from real problems in your own country. This is the same rhetoric that was used by Gaddafi, Ben Ali and other dictators in the middle east and now being used by Abdessalem. Let us feed the people with a very strong drug cocktail, a combination of hate and loathing of the Zionist entity. Tunisians can forget their own miseries of high unemployment, economic pain and the threat of Hamas -like Salafists. I do not see the same outrage at the death toll in Syria where the death toll each hour amounts to Gaza death toll for whole event. Let the brave Abdessalem go visit Syria and see how long he would last visiting the victims of the Assad regime who by the way has always supported Hamas. Abdessalem , I suggest you spend your time visiting Europe, China, US, and Russia to promote investment in Tunisia rather than trying to import a Hamas like organizations into Tunisia. Tunisia by its nature is an affront to the government of Hamas. Tunisia does not need that old drug called the Palestenian cause in order the deflect from the real problems facing Tunisia. This is a net zero gain for Tunisia. Focus on solving Tunisian problems rather than supporting the brotherhood of Hamas. Oh, I just remembered you are part of the brotherhood.

    Say goodbye to Tunisian democracy with such characters as Abdessalem .

    Signed ,

    Disillusioned with new Tunisian regime

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