Commenting on the Historic Developments witnessed in Tunis, Hizbullah issued the following statement:
Hizbullah expresses deep pride and praises the Tunisian people’s Intifada, which leads their way towards their hoped freedom.
Hizbullah cannot but express respect for the popular will that astonished the world with its unity, solidarity, and quick reaction, which refers that the source of the truth is the people, and is represented by their free will and not through seeking foreign help.
Hizbullah believes it is the Tunisian people’s right to choose their representatives and elect who they find appropriate to rule their country.
Hizbullah calls upon leaders to learn from what has happened in Tunis, and the first lesson should be to end the leaders’ relation with the arrogant countries that do not admit an ally or a friend, but rather cares only for their interests on the expense of those who serves them for years.
Hizbullah recalls history when the Iranian people exiled the Shah, who was not received by any of those countries he used to serve.
This is what happened today in Tunis, where the Presidential plane did not find any airport to land in, even among the countries which Tunis used to serve its interests on the expense of the Tunisian people’s.
The immortal firm truth in all times is that when the people depend on Allah and on their internal will, then they could achieve miracles in victory, freedom, and independence, and not through depending on foreign powers.
Hizbullah Media Relations
[ 15/01/2011 – 04:29 PM ]
GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian factions are praising the Tunisians for the recent uprising that led to the ousting of their once president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, who had “suspicious” ties with Israel, and for bringing the country’s decision back to the people.
“We are with the Tunisians in choosing their leaders, no matter what sacrifices it takes,” said Gaza Foreign Minister Fathi Hammad.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his movement respects the will and choice of the Tunisians and assures it will stand by them.
Islamic Jihad Movement spokesman Dawud Shehab, in statements he made for the AFP, accused the former Tunisian regime of having “suspicious ties” with Israel.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), a member faction of the PLO, warned the Tunisian people of “waves of political Islam” that could turn the “great victory” into a “quagmire of extremism and terrorism”.
In an attack on the Gaza-governing Hamas group, the DFLP called on Tunisian forces to “cut the road to political Islam and its misleading slogans to avoid a repeat of the Gaza Strip experience in Tunisia.”
The Tunisians successfully forced Ben Ali out of power after a month of suppressed protests that left hundreds of casualties. The Tunisian Ambassador to UNESCO said Ben Ali told him he warranted the lethal force used against civilians as a means of blocking any chance for the Muslim Brotherhood at power.
However, Sheikh Habib Khader, an Islamic Jihad leader, told the PIC in a statement on Saturday evening that his movement viewed with concern the DFLP statement.
[ 15/01/2011 – 02:23 PM ]
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas phoned former Tunisian president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali a few hours before his people overthrew him to send condolences for the events that preceded his escape from the country.
Abbas discussed with his counterpart the latest political developments relating to the peace process and the incidents in Tunisia before the dramatic developments that led to the overthrow and flight of Ben Ali, according to Palestinian media.
Abbas visited Tunis earlier this month and met with Ben Ali to discuss developments in Palestine issues. He also met with PLO political department chief Farouq al-Qaddoumi after long years of estrangement.
The Tunisian people successfully forced the 23-year ruling Ben Ali out of office after a month of unprecedented, deadly protests. Mohammed al-Ghanouchi, the Tunisian premier, is serving as interim president of the country.
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