Parliamentary blocs: US decision on Al-Quds equated with new Balfour Declaration
07/12/2017 18:17, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The presidents of parliamentary blocs on Thursday expressed their rejection of the U.S. decision to recognize Al-Quds as the capital of Israel.

In an extraordinary plenary session, they called the decision a "new Balfour Declaration" and a renewed attempt to "bury the Palestinian cause".

Noureddine Bhiri (Ennahdha bloc), pointed out that "the time to bury the Palestinian cause has not yet come", adding out that the US decision is a violation of UN resolutions and an attack on the Arab people.

He called on the Palestinians to rise up for al-Quds.

Zied Lakhdhar (Popular Front bloc), on the other hand, described the US decision as "serious and unjust", saying it is preparing for another expulsion of the Palestinian people from their land.

For President of the Nidaa Tounes bloc, Sofiène Toubel, "the recognition of Al-Quds as capital of Israel, is a new episode in the process of liquidation of the Palestinian cause,» stressing that support for this cause "hinges on building respected Arab nations.”

Salem Labyedh (Democratic bloc) pointed out that the motto "no to reconciliation, recognition and negotiation" is still relevant and that "all pseudo solutions that have already failed must give way to resistance."

For their part, Noureddine Mrabti (Free Patriotic Union bloc) and Karim Hellali (Afek Tounes bloc) affirmed that the Arab people will reject the U.S. decision, which they equate with a new Balfour Declaration.

Mustapha Ben Ahmed (Al-Watania bloc) pointed out that Trump's decision had already been announced in his election platform and that it is necessary to act in favor of the Palestinian cause by calling Zionism racist movement.

He advocated, in particular, organising trips to Al-Quds.

MPs raise the Palestinian flag and carried banners featuring Al-Quds and the Dome of the Rock bearing the inscription "Al-Quds forever capital of Palestine".

They also chanted slogans calling for the liberation of Palestine and hostile to normalisation with the Zionist entity.

A motion denouncing the decision will be sent to the US Congress as well as to international parliaments.

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