Tunisia’s labour union calls for Arab aid convoy, hands US envoy protest letter

June 10, 2010

Tunisia’ labour union federation has handed a letter of protest to the US ambassador and a letter of praise to the Turkish envoy in Tunis as it called for sending a new humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza to help the besieged Palestinians.

 “A labour union delegation handed the letter to the American envoy in protest of the attack on the Freedom flotilla,” Abdessalam Jerad, the federation chairman, said. “The choice of the US ambassador was as a result of the support that Israel receives from the US and which it uses to break the international law, strike at peace and kill innocent people,” he said.

Tunisia, like most Arab countries, has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

The missive to the Turkish ambassador was to express solidarity with the Turkish martyrs, Jerad said.

Nine Turks, including one Turkish American, were killed in the lethal attack by Israeli forces last week on the Gaza-bound ships.

“We have requested the Tunisian ambassador to the Arab League to inform all Arab countries about the interest of labour unions to send a new convoy under the auspices of the Arab League, and we want all of them involved,” Jerad said.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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