The stories of the foregn-sponsored (the US, Britain and Israel) anti-Ahmadinejad protests during the so-called Green Revolution are still kept alive like the myth of Ahmadinejad’s call for the destruction of state of Israel and denial of Holocaust. However, western double standard on public protests is quite visible when we compare it with the current ugly protests which are taking place against a pro-West secularist dictatorial regime of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. It’s the only Arab regime which banned hijab for women.
The mass protest began over three weeks ago when an unemployed Tunisian university graduate, Mohammed Buazizi, set himself ablaze in the central town Sidi Buzeid to protest the confiscation of his fruits and vegetables cart. His suicide attempt was copied by at least two other young university graduates in protest against poor economic conditions in the country. Currently, the protest rallies have spread to several other cities.
Tunisia’s protests caught the Western regimes and their Arab stooges by surprise as the western anti-Islam ZOGs had been projecting Ben Ali regime, like their other regional puppet rulers, as “moderate and progressive Muslims”. President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali (born in 1936), a former military officer, has ruled the country with iron fist since November 7, 1987.
On January 9, 2011 – an article by Jillian York, titled “Activist crackdown: Tunisia vs Iran,” posted at Al-Jazeera, said: “It should be fairly obvious to most observers why Iran gets so much attention: fear of nuclear weapons, fear of attacks on American ally Israel, and fear of political Islam all propel attention toward the Islamic Republic….. Tunisia, on the other hand, is a friend of the United States, a secular country cooperative in the war on terror. But while Tunisia may be an ally to the United States, the United States is no ally to Tunisians, journalists and bloggers in particular. Tunisia regularly jails and threatens citizens who speak out against the longstanding Ben Ali regime, but for the duration of the regime’s 24 years the US government has remained allied to it, rarely making public gestures for Tunisian dissidents….”
President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali had recognized the Jewish occupation of Palestine in early 1990s. However, both countries have not exchanged Ambassadors as yet. In February 2000, Tunisian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Tahar Sioud visited Israel for three days, marking the first visit of a high-ranking Tunisian official. Senior sources in Jerusalem were quoted by Israeli paper ‘Yediot Aharonot’ as saying at the time that: “Even Morocco, whose relationship with Israel is considered stronger than the Israel-Tunisia relationship, has never sent such a high-ranking official”.
Muslims make the vast majority among Tunisia’s estimated 10 million population. The country had 105,000-strong Jewish community before the creation of the Zionist entity in 1948. Since then, a great majority of them have migrated to Occupied Palestine. It’s estimated that nearly 2,000 Jews still live in Tunisia.