Algerian Parliament Authorizes President to Take Stance Against Israel's Military Operations in Gaza
On October 7, the Palestinian movement 'Hamas' launched a surprise rocket attacks on Israel. Tel Aviv retaliated with daily airstrikes and a complete blockade of the Strip, cutting off essential supplies. Since the beginning of the escalation, which has raised fears of a wider regional conflict, the death toll in Gaza has reportedly exceeded 9,000.
The Algerian parliament has unanimously authorized the President of the country, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to take a firm stance against Israel's military operations in the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
According to local media, all members of the Algerian People's National Assembly (APN) voted in favor to allow Tebboune to express support for Gaza.
The Algerian parliament held a special session in solidarity with the Palestinian cause for freedom and independence.
"[The APN's position] reflects the intrinsic and constant position of the Algerian people, and their leaders over the years in support of the Palestinian cause. [...] In the face of the genocide perpetrated by the Zionist occupation, which benefits from American-led Western protection," says the embassy of Palestine in Algiers.
Earlier this week, Yemen's Houthi group also announced its support for the Palestinians, and claimed to have launched drones and rockets against Israel
These actions coincide with Israeli troops conducting ground operations in the Gaza Strip, a home to more than 2.5 million Palestinians. According to local health officials, the death toll in Gaza strip since the escalation of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas has exceeded 9,000, raising fears of a wider regional conflict.
The fighting between Israel and Hamas has sparked a series of pro-Palestinian protests around the world, particularly in North African countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia. In October, Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf called on the international community to stand with Palestine and urged immediate action to end Israel's "aggression" and revive the peace process.
In neighboring Tunisia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, the parliament began discussing a bill that would consider any attempt to normalize relations with Israel an act of treason. The proposed law, which consists of seven chapters, is in line with Tunisia's support for Palestine. If passed, individuals found guilty of calling for "normalization" of relations with the Jewish state could face up to six to ten years in prison and fines of up to 100,000 Tunisian dinars ($31,553). A repeated offense could result in a life sentence.
Jordan, one of the five Arab countries that had normalized relations with Israel through the Abraham Accords, recalled its ambassador to Tel Aviv on Wednesday in protest of the Gaza bombardment. Meanwhile, Bahrain also announced the withdrawal of its envoy from Israel in response to the escalating conflict. Morocco is also reportedly under pressure to cut ties.