Tunis/Tunisia — Tunisia called on Sunday to "immediately stop the Israeli attacks against the helpless Palestinian people," urging the international community and the UN Security Council to urgently intervene to put an end to the occupation forces' attacks on Palestine.
At a UN Security Council meeting held Sunday at the request of Tunisia (non-permanent member), Norway and China, Foreign Affairs Minister Othman Jerandi described the recent escalation of violence as a serious threat to international peace and security.
As the main body responsible for protecting vulnerable people around the world from acts of aggression, the Council must not remain silent. Reiterating Tunisia's position in support of the Palestinian cause.
Jerandi also underlined its firm rejection of Israel's heinous attacks against unarmed Palestinians during the month of Ramadan and its ongoing efforts to change Jerusalem's historic status and demographic makeup.
Noting that the recent upheaval comes on the heels of an unjust court decision to evict Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah, as well as efforts to bar Palestinian worshippers from accessing holy sites, he urged the Council to intervene by adopting a clear position compelling the occupying Power to stop its escalation.
Among other things, Israel must recognize the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and ensure that their rights under international law are fully respected.
«We must not treat victims and the aggressors equally,» he warned, adding that the region will never see peace and stability without a comprehensive solution to the conflict, based on the Arab Peace Initiative.