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    Ghannouchi Condemns Militant Violence, Calls for “Peaceful Jihad”

    By Farah Samti | May 9 2013 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Chaambi Mountain , Ennahdha , Islam , Jihad , Salafist ,

     

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    Rached Ghannouchi (second from right) at his press conference on May 9. Photo credit: Farah Samti

    Rached Ghannouchi, head of the ruling Ennahdha party, addressed ongoing security issues today related to militants near the border with Algeria and condemned terrorist activity in Tunisia.

    He spoke at a press conference at Ennahdha’s office in the Tunis suburb of Cité Tahrir, where he also addressed recent controversial political matters.

    Ghannouchi stated that Ennahdha, an Islamist party leading the ruling Troika coalition, condemns the violent incidents that have taken place on Chambi Mountain near Algeria and have resulted in serious injuries to members of Tunisian security forces. He called on all Tunisians to support the security forces.

    “There is no place or future for terrorism in Tunisia,” he said.

    Ghannouchi described the alleged terrorists who have been hiding on the mountain and who are responsible for land mine explosions as “reckless youngsters.” He additionally explained that values of Islam and jihad have been distorted to serve the goals of terrorists.

    “There is no place for jihad in Tunisia, except for peaceful jihad of development and democracy,” he said.

    The conference attracted a significant number of media outlets and both local and international journalists. When asked about the controversial Tunisian anti-terrorism law of 2003, Ghannouchi asserted that the law is still applicable. However, he added, it will only be used when the law is violated and not as a political tool to stifle opposition, as it was used by former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

    “No one will be arrested for their ideologies and thoughts in Tunisia,” he said.

    In response to questions about impunity for “Salafists,” Ghannouchi stated that non-violent Salafists, despite some extreme beliefs, are also Tunisians and should be considered “our children.” He called for people with different ideologies and backgrounds to participate in a dialogue with them and help integrate them into civil society.

    “The Salafist phenomenon should evolve from its current status of carelessness and terrorism to wisdom and dialogue,” he said.

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      April /

      These terrorists are reckless youngsters????? I don’t think reckless youngsters are out there setting up land mines and blowing up our military in a strategic fashion.

    1. maria /

      This man takes everyone for being a idiot. the army would have something to say about that surely since they are risking their lives to ‘reckless youngsters. why is there constant denial….about the seriousness of life in Tunisia now. I hope and pray no one even the ‘reckless youngsters’ believe him.

    2. benamor is dumb /

      waiting for a barrage of comments about how even though ghannouchi and ennahdha are condemning violent salafi, ennahdha remains a terrorist entity…

      start:

      • maria /

        Repeat he thinks people are stupid. In Islam the name for war is not jihad it is qital not jihad, as I understand. Although if I am wrong I am sure someone will correct me. I wish he would call it what it is.

        • hindi_m9achar /

          who said war is jihad in arabic (or not)….come on…you are good at researching the interwebs…just check the wikipedia entry.

          • maria /

            Ghannouchi said “There is no place for jihad in Tunisia, except for peaceful jihad of development and democracy,” He used the word that I thought meant struggle but he seemed to be using it to describe the violence of the ‘reckless young people’.

    3. Mohamed Benamor /

      Jihad does not mean killing and bombing, the opposite it means work and produce, and help people, and it has been distorted it is really “ijtihad”. but the criminals changed to use it for their own interpretation, being destructive instead of constructive.
      Look at the Israelis they building everywhere, we should thak them for building up the area. In Syria all the Arabs gathered to destroy and kill each other.

    4. Truthteller /

      The Shaanbi events are an escalation of a tremendous wave of violence, ignorance and backwardness that has engulfed Tunisia right after the revolution. People voted for Annahdha not out of love for their long beards and shaven moustaches or long robes but they earnestly wanted to have a sense of security and stability after a tumultuous revolution and predominently because they did not have a credible alternative. Tunisians are enlightened and rational people. They are not going to commit the same mistake again by voting for Annahdha after all these violent, atrocious incidents. The Tunisia of khayr Eddin, Bourguiba and Hachchad will stand victorious and proud despite all attemps to undermine its legitimacy. lets stop the violence, the camouflage and the hatred that is creeping in vehemently. Annahdha and the salafis have the same agendas, aspirations and visions for a Tunisia of the future. I am convinced that my people, the tunisians, are clever and insghtful enough not to ‘pluck’ their own eyes twice and as the prophet said” Laa yuldaghu al-mu’minu min juhrin amrratayni”. So lets be vigilant to protect our beloved Tunisia and encourage the representatives of the Civil Society to wake up from their drowsiness and present tangible convincing alternatives and visions to withstand the brain-washing and scare tactics used by Annahdha and its allies.

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