Hundreds of students in Tunisia demonstrated on Monday in support of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank against Israeli occupation.

The demonstrations took place at Tunisian universities and in the streets of the capital, following a call by the two main student unions, the General Union of Students of Tunisia (UGET) and the General Union of Tunisian Students (UGTE).

Dozens of students gathered in front of the French embassy and the capital’s municipal theatre, calling for student unity in support of the Palestinians and the resistance in Gaza against the “genocidal war” committed by the Israeli army. The students joined the worldwide pro-Palestinian student movement, notably in the United States, which is calling for a definitive end to the war in Gaza and the liberation of the Palestinian territories from occupation.

Those gathered on Habib Bourguiba Avenue called for the enactment of a “law criminalising normalisation with the Zionist entity,” while waving the Palestinian and Tunisian flags and denouncing the support of the American and French governments for Israel.

Tunisian students also staged sit-ins in solidarity with the Palestinian people at a number of faculties and higher institutes, including the Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI) and the Faculté de 9 avril in Tunis. The demonstrations highlight the growing support for the Palestinian cause among Tunisian students and the international community.