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Tunisia’s largest union joins BDS

Union members and non-governmental organization's delegates attend 23rd Congress Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 January 2017 [Amine Landoulsi/Anadolu Agency]

The Tunisian General Labour Union announced last week hat it has joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In a statement released on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the union said the move highlights is support for Palestinian refugees, their right of return and is in condemnation of the US’ decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Arab countries are complicit in the oppression and suffering of Palestinians, the statement which was signed by the TGLU’s General Secretary Noureddinne Taboubi said.

The grassroots civil campaign has received increased support in recent weeks as a result of Israel’s heavyhanded response to unarmed protests held near its border fence with Gaza. More than 120 unarmed Palestinians were killed over a six-week period, 65 in one day.

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