On Friday all of Tunisia's schools organised a stand in solidarity and support of the Palestinian struggle, and against Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state's statements that legitimise Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Tunisian minister of education, Hatem Ben Salem, the two presidents of the General Federations of Secondary and Primary Education at the Tunisian General Labour Union, the general secretary of the Main Syndicate in La Goulette and the director of the Pioneer School, all participated in chanting the Palestinian and Tunisian national anthems and raising the two flags, and then stood for a moment of silence for the lives of martyred people.
Ben Salem stressed that all of Tunisia's sects stand today in honour of the struggle of the Palestinian people and their steadfastness in facing Israeli violations. He called on the international community to intervene with full force to stop the Israeli transgressions against the Palestinian people, especially depriving Palestinian children of their right to education.
Assistant secretary general of the Tunisian General Labour Union, Kamal Saad, declared that the union stands with the Palestinians in their struggles until they regain their freedom, and establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Secretary-general of the General Federation of Secondary Education, Lassaad Yakoubi, affirmed that "the General Federation of Secondary Education and the Tunisian General Labour Union are soldiers defending Palestine. We are convinced that the Palestinian cause is a core issue. We stood today to break the terrible official Arab silence, and we will instil in the conscience of our children, generation after another, that Palestine is ours, no matter how long it takes."