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Activists call on Tunisia to stop Israel ship from docking

Crowds gather to greet the crew of the Freedom Flotilla ships as they prepare to leave Spain
Crowds gather to meet the crew of the Freedom Flotilla ship as they prepare to leave for Gaza

Tunisian activists and trade unionists are demanding their government prevents and Israeli-chartered cargo ship from docking in the country.

The vessel, which is Turkish-flagged, “appears to be operated on behalf of the Israeli shipping company Zim”, the Electronic Intifada reported yesterday.

“It would be extremely scandalous to allow this boat to dock in Radès, especially since last Sunday [the] Israeli navy intercepted the Freedom Flotilla in international waters,” TACBI, the Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said.

Last weekend Israeli forces stormed the Al-Awda ship which was part of the Freedom Flotilla’s attempts to break the siege on Gaza.

Read: Israel intercepts Freedom Flotilla bound for Gaza

Israeli forces then commandeered Al-Awda and redirected her to Ashdod port where activists faced questioning and deportation.

Sami Tahri, the deputy secretary general of the Tunisian General Labour Union, told local radio on Wednesday that the labour federation had asked the government to “verify” the information regarding the ship, and to act to stop it landing. He said that the government had not responded to the UGTT’s urgent requests.

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