Due to its consistent and clear support for the Palestinian cause, Tunisia swiftly responded to the sudden attack by the occupation forces during the “Al-Aqsa Storm” operation.
President Kais Saied expressed a firm stance, affirming Tunisia’s strong support for Palestine and the Palestinian people’s right to resist occupation, achieves self-determination, and establish an independent state.
Tunisia did not hesitate to confront the Israeli entity, condemning its aggression, oppression, and continuous suffering imposed on the Palestinian people. In this context, the government works on enhancing solidarity with Palestinians. Political forces and national organizations have likewise expressed their support for the Palestinian cause.
Gaza witnessed heroic resistance that unequivocally embodied Palestinian rights, bolstering the courage of the Palestinian people in their struggle. This robust support is not limited to mere words; it extends to effective and courageous contributions despite limited resources, aiming to assist and stand by the Palestinian people.
Tunisia and its people have a long and profound relationship with the Palestinian cause, uniting the blood of Tunisians with that of Palestinians in the fight against colonialism and injustice.
In 1948, more than 2600 Tunisians journeyed to Palestine to support the Palestinian people against the Zionists, undertaking a long trip through Libya and Egypt. In the 1980s, Tunisia hosted leaders and members of the Palestine Liberation Organization after their expulsion from Lebanon, under the leadership of Yasser Arafat.
Tunisians had a prominent presence in the resistance against Israel, with many joining Palestinian and Lebanese resistance factions to fight the enemy in Lebanon. Despite challenges, the remains of some of these heroes were handed over in a prisoner exchange deal in 2008, highlighting the brave spirit of Tunisians defending the Palestinian cause.
Furthermore, Tunisian involvement in supporting Palestine did not confine itself to past eras. In 2016, Tunisia mourned the engineer Mohammed al-Zawari, a member of the “Martyr Aziz al-Din Qassam Brigades,” the military wing of Hamas, who was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad in Sfax.
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