Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018
World

Tunisian protesters criticize Israel and support Palestinians

TUNIS, Tunisia – Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters staged a protest in the Tunisian capital against Israel and its policy towards Palestinians.

Saturday's demonstration took place in front of the Ministry of Tourism. The country's appointed Minister of Tourism is Jewish, which is unusual in this predominantly Muslim country.

Protesters are dissatisfied with Israeli settlements and demand the creation of a Palestinian state. The crowd included left-wing groups pushing for a law that would criminalize the normalization of relations with Israel.

The Tunisian government downplayed the importance of the bill and the moderate Islamist party Ennahdha warned that such a project could harm Tunisia's relations with Western countries and international organizations. Tunisia, like most Arab countries, does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

It is considered a model of tolerance in the region but has been facing the rise of Islamic extremism.

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