Re: Tunisia activist: ‘Zionism is inhumane’

A Tunisian campaign seeks to gather one million signatories in order to criminalise normalisation of relations with Israel.

“Tunisians against normalisation” was launched in response to US President Donald Trump’s unilateral move to declare his administration’s decision to recognise unified Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in contravention of international laws and numerous UN resolutions.

Official spokesman for the campaign, Hafez Al-Sawari, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that the campaign will include all Tunisians, including political parities, organisations and NGOs, and is a historical opportunity to rally people behind a single cause. He believes that this initiative has come about due to their belief that “Zionism is inhumane”.

He added that Tunisia has sacrificed many martyrs to liberate Palestine and fight Israel since 1948.

Read: Israelis warned not to travel to Tunisia

Al-Sawari also noted that the recent American decision has accelerated this campaign, which is the least that can be done to support Palestinians and the Palestinian cause. This movement, along with countrywide protests, send a message that Tunisians are against normalisation and support the Palestinian cause.

According to Al-Sawari, the campaign collected 13,000 signatures within a few hours of its launch. The goal is to reach a million signatories, making it the largest campaign in Tunisia. It will then be presented to the People’s Assembly to demand the adoption of a law that criminalises normalising relations with Israel.



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Re: Tunisia joins boycott of Wonder Woman

Following Lebanon, Tunisia will cancel showings of Hollywood’s latest film, Wonder Woman.

The Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers filed a lawsuit to cancel the broadcast of the film which was scheduled for public viewing today.

According to the member of the Sedki Jelassi association, the cancellation was a reaction to comments made by the leading Israeli actress Gal Gadot in support of the “Zionist army who participated in the war against Gaza in 2014.”

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President of the association, Yassine Younsi, told Business News: “we cannot accept that our children watch this film,” which would amount to “normalising relations with Israel.”

Several people took to social media to criticise the association’s position.

Lassaad Goubantini, a distributor of the film in Tunisia, confirmed that it will not be broadcast and expressed confusion about the decision to cancel. “The decision not to allow the film to be broadcast is based on unfounded accusations,” he told Huffington Post Tunisie.

Gal Gadot speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego USA on 11 July, 2015 [Gage Skidmore/FlickR]

Gal Gadot speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego USA on 11 July, 2015 [Gage Skidmore/FlickR]

The Popular Front has also taken the same step to cancel the broadcast of the film. “The Popular Front has even contacted the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mohamed Zine El Abidine, who promised to prevent the projection of the film in Tunisian cinemas, according to Deputy Tarek Barrak,” according to their website.

Gadot has featured in a series of films that have been previously shown in Tunisia.

Planned for release tomorrow, on the sidelines of a festival in Algiers, the film’s release in Algeria is also in question.

“The film will be reprogrammed once the administrative constraints related to the exploitation rights have been settled,” Amine Idjer, head of communications at MD Ciné, told AFP.

He explained that the Algerian Ministry of Culture had ensured that this deprogramming had nothing to do with the campaign of boycott launched on the internet.

Lebanon was the first country to ban the film in protest of the Israeli actress’ role.



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Tunisia tourism minister says country lost one million tourists this year

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Tunisia’s Minister of Tourism Salma Lummi said on Thursday that the number of tourists who visited the country this year up to the end of August reached nearly 3 million tourists, registering a decline of one million tourists compared to the same period of 2014.

Lummi explained during an interview with the local Mosaic radio station that the tourism sector has been in crisis since 2010 and worsened significantly after the revolution when the number of tourists dropped by 50 per cent.

“The series of terrorist attacks have brought the situation to a crisis point,” Lummi said, pointing out that the “historic agreement” signed with Algeria was an attempt to save this year’s tourism season.

Tunisia and Algeria in July increased the number of flights between the two country to three times their usual rate to reach 42 flights per week.

“The ministry’s priority is to introduce reforms and diversify tourism products to include venues other than beach products, as well as to change Tunisia’s image abroad without losing sight of the importance of good governance,” the minister said.

“Tunisia depends mainly on tourism and after the terrorist attacks we have been trying to improve the country’s image and search for new markets other than the European market, including the Chinese and Indian markets,” she explained.

This year Tunisia has witnessed two violent terrorist attacks. The first attack targeted the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, which claimed the lives of 22 people, and the second took place in late June in Sousse beach resort, killing 38 foreign tourists, mostly British citizens.

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Britain wants to extradite Sousse terror suspects

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Speculation is mounting that Britain’s relations with Tunisia have become strained after discussions about the extradition of Sousse terror suspects to the UK were rejected. Less than 24 hours after Tunisia’s prime minister announced that it would refuse to hand over any of its nationals, the government in Westminster ordered the evacuation of all British tourists.

Of the 38 who died in the Sousse beach massacre, 30 were British nationals and it is understood that, as a result, the possibility of extradition and a show trial being held in London was raised.

Ten British investigators were flown to Tunisia within hours of the 26 June massacre to assist in the investigation and co-ordinate security in the hunt for other suspects connected to the case. However, despite co-operation and intelligence-sharing between both countries, the prime minister in Tunis has made it clear that any suspects will be investigated and tried under Tunisian law. In a televised interview, Habib Essid said that Tunisia “has no intention of handing over its sons to foreign judges if they are suspected of involvement in recent events in Sousse.”

A British intelligence source said that it is a “delicate” subject. “However, since the majority of those killed were British there is a feeling that they were deliberately targeted. It would make sense to have suspects extradited and tried in Britain but the Tunisian authorities see this, wrongly, as an attack on their sovereignty.”

International human rights lawyer and expert on extradition issues Saghir Hussain said that the Tunisian stance is not surprising. “The Tunisian government would take offence at this suggestion otherwise it gives the impression that it is incapable of running its own judicial system,” he explained. “Tunisia has said that it will not extradite suspects and the UK should respect that decision and continue to help and assist in any due process. It would’ve been odd for the Tunisian government to agree to hand over any suspects because that would be viewed as an admission it cannot manage its own affairs, which is clearly not the case.”

The London-based lawyer added his hope that “the British Government will not resort to exerting undue pressure on its Tunisian counterpart on this issue.”

There are, though, those who fear that this is the real reason for the dramatic exodus of 3,000 British tourists less than 24 hours after Essid announced that there would be no extraditions. One Tunisian hotelier who suspects that it is a tit-for-tat reaction fears that the loss of British tourists will affect the country’s tourism industry severely.

“It is quite obvious that Britain wants to hold a big show trial in its own country and so it would need to extradite any suspects,” he said. “It’s the sort of thing the Americans would demand but Britain is not America.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the hotelier insisted that it’s no coincidence that a day after Tunisia’s prime minister said that there’d be no extradition he and his colleagues were suddenly told that all British tourists must return home. “There was no good reason given to do this two weeks after the attack. Security has improved and the tourists were relaxed and happy with the arrangements made for them. We cried when they left because it will mean the destruction of our hotels and tourist trade.” He added that at the moment you can stay in a 5-star hotel on the beach for £20 a night.

The British government admitted when it made its announcement on 9 July — 10 days after the Sousse attack — that there was no “specific or imminent” new threat. Nevertheless, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said at the time that a security assessment in tourist areas found that more work was needed “to protect tourists effectively from the terrorist threat.”

A Foreign Office spokesman declined to comment on the Tunisian claims linking the extradition with the withdrawal of tourists, saying that the issue of extradition was a matter for the Home Office. A spokesperson there said: “We never comment on extraditions. If and when an arrest is made a decision would then be taken.” Tunisia and Britain have no mutual extradition treaty or agreements in place which would see Tunisian nationals tried in the UK under English law.

Earlier this week, Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche urged Britain to reverse its decision advising citizens against all but essential travel to Tunisia. “There is a lot of work to be done in order to convince Britain to reverse its decision,” he said at a Tunis press conference, “and there is interest from British officials in this regard, especially some lawmakers who are unconvinced by the decision.”

A delegation which included Parliamentary Speaker Mohammed Nasser, the heads of parliamentary blocs, Minister of Tourism Salma Lummi, Transport Minister Mahmoud Bin Ramadan and director of the Imperial Hotel, Zahra Idris, visited London a few days ago in a bid to revive confidence in Tunisia as a tourist destination. Tourism is estimated to contribute more than 15 per cent of Tunisia’s GDP, with the industry supporting nearly a quarter of a million jobs. There are fears that the country’s economy will be hit severely as a result of the terror attack.

Tunisia is the one success story emerging from the Arab Spring, which saw the fledgling democracy of Egypt crash and burn with a military coup in 2013 and Libya implode over a violent power struggle in 2014. Meanwhile, Syria and Yemen continue to be torn apart by civil wars aided and abetted by the interference of foreign forces in both countries.

It remains to be seen if Britain will respect Tunisia’s sovereignty and allow tourists to return to the North African country, or if David Cameron’s government will use non-violent interference in Tunisian affairs and effectively destroy its tourism industry in what can best be described as a fit of pique.

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Slaughter in Tunisia spurs British to prioritize counter-terrorism

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by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct

Stung by the death last month of 30 Britons among 38 murdered while on holiday at a beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia at the hands of Islamic extremists, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his government is taking several new measures to fight terrorism.

Tunisian paramedics prepare to remove a covered body in Sousse.  Bechir Taieb / AFP

Tunisian paramedics prepare to remove a covered body in Sousse. Bechir Taieb / AFP

At the heart of Cameron’s policy actions are growing worries about “homegrown terrorism,” one of the bitter fruits of what Cameron calls the “poison of Islamic extremism.”

Because of its colonial past, hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants are living in the UK, including many from Pakistan.

Many Muslim youth have never fully integrated into British society, clustering in big cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham, often living in Muslim enclaves and learning little of British values or culture.

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Tunisia needs more than reactions to short-term disasters.

Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle

In 2011, the Arab Spring was set in motion when Tunisian fruit vendor Muhammad Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest against corruption. He became a potent symbol of the economic and political discontent felt by many others, and within months protesters had toppled the dictatorship of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, and similar movements had rippled across the region.

Tunisia has since made significant political progress. While other countries in the region have remained mired in conflict and chaos, Tunisia adopted a new constitution in 2014. In October, it held peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections that removed the Islamist parties that had dominated the political scene since Ben Ali’s fall. But this progress in the political arena has not been matched with economic recovery, with the system still beset by many of the same problems as under Ben Ali. Cronyism and corruption abound, an high levels of unemployment remain; it is currently at 15.3 per cent – higher than pre-revolution.

The tragedy in Sousse on 26 June, when a gunman inspired by Islamic State killed 38 tourists, will do nothing to help the situation. In 2014, Tunisia’s beaches and museums attracted 6 million tourists. The money they spent accounted for 7 per cent of GDP and brought 20 per cent of hard currency to the country. Tourism supported more jobs than any other industry except for agriculture. In the aftermath of the attack, thousands of tourists have left the country, and many more are cancelling trips. The attack was the second on a tourist site in just a few months; in March, the Bardo National Museum was attacked by three gunmen, who killed 21 people, mostly Europeans. Together, these incidents make a holiday in Tunisia a tough sell.

While stressing that the loss of human life is the paramount concern, in the aftermath of the Sousse attack, various Tunisian officials spoke of the attack as, partly, an attack on the country’s economy. “This hit was done by those who know Tunisia’s economic situation well and are intent on its collapse,” said Moaz al-Joudi, chairman of the Tunisian Governors’ Association. The tourism minister, Selma Elloumi Rekik, echoed his concern: “This is a catastrophe for the economy.”

The recent attacks on the tourist industry are, indeed, a potential disaster for an economy already affected by conflict in neighbouring Libya and a downturn across Europe, Tunisia’s biggest trading partner. But the country’s economic woes predate the latest disaster. As the eyes of the world have been turned on the coastal tourist regions around Sousse, there has been unrest in the impoverished south of the country, where people are frustrated that they have not seen any economic benefits from the revolution. A recent month of strikes in the south shut down Tunisia’s phosphate mining industry. Similar frustrations have flared up periodically since 2011.

Part of the problem is that the corruption that ran free and unfettered under Ben Ali was never rooted out. According to a World Bank report, in the final days of Ben Ali, firms connected to the dictator received a fifth of all private sector profits, despite only producing 3.2 per cent of output and employing less than one per cent of the labour force. Many Tunisians believe that things are actually worse now; the system that favoured Ben Ali’s associates has merely shifted over to other businessmen. A major segment of the economy remains informal and therefore untaxed.

Terrorist attacks on “soft” targets like tourist sites are always more than just an attack on foreigners. These incidents are an assault on the economy, on the host country’s relationship to the world. In the case of Tunisia, it is also an attack on the process of political transition. These incidents will certainly discourage tourists, who are unlikely to feel safe in Tunisia for some time to come. This will damage the economy; but that economy was already floundering and was not equipped to cope with such a fluctuation in fortunes. After two free, peaceful national elections, Tunisia can take pride in forming a functioning nascent democracy. But the government now needs to take serious steps towards reforming the economy to eliminate the systemic problems allowed to fester and grow under Ben Ali, shoring up the tourist industry – and diversifying the economy so that the country is less vulnerable to such attacks. The new government has a large parliamentary majority and significant public support: it should use this mandate to enact serious reforms that address the country’s many underlying problems, not just respond to short-term disasters.

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Bloody Friday: Last week in France and Tunisia, next week closer to home?

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By John J. Metzler

PARIS — “Terrorism: the Shockwave of Bloody Friday,� headlined the French daily Le Monde, after a series of deadly, coordinated, and barbaric attacks by radical Islamists on three continents.

The massacre of twenty-eight European (mostly British) tourists in Tunisia at a beach resort, the grisly beheading of a plant manager near Lyon, France, the senseless sectarian slaughter of twenty-six Muslim worshipers at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait, and the killings of 150 civilians in Kobane, Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levaqnt, are the latest sanguinary statistics in a war which many people choose to politely forget.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls put the matter succinctly, “we are facing a major terrorist menace,� and for the first time, he called the threat a, “war of civilizations.�

Eight hearses were used in a procession through the Oxfordshire town of Brize Norton.

Eight hearses were used in a procession through the Oxfordshire town of Brize Norton.

Ironically the Socialist Prime Minister Valls, after all, is now using the terminology of the previous conservative government of Nicolas Sarkozy.

As ironic, the left- leaning Le Monde, stated in a front page editorial, “Unity in Face of Barbarism,� in which the paper wrote of “carnage without borders,� coming from Islamic terrorism. Surprising but not really a surprise after the horrible start to the year with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris back in January.

After the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, as well as the assault on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, the facts were stunningly clear, for a least a few weeks. Thus six months ago, people of all political stripes proclaimed “Je suis Charlie,� (I am Charlie) in a gesture of solidarity with a free press.

But let me analyze the recent attacks. First, in Tunisia where a weak post-Arab Spring government has been the target of Islamic jihadis precisely to destabilize the moderate largely secular country surrounded by an arc of crisis. Thus Tunisia, and its economic lifeline tourist industry has been specifically targeted. In March many Europeans were murdered in an attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis. In 2010, before the Arab Spring which actually began in Tunis, 1.4 million French visited Tunisia annually; last year the number was halved. Since the recent attacks in Sousse, tourist cancellations have soared.

Hosni Djemmali, a Tunisian entrepreneur told the French daily Le Figaro that the attacks may have proved a “Fatal blow to Tunisian tourism.� Yet he warned that stability in the North African country was important to the West; a failed Tunisia at the gates of Europe, only 45 minutes (by air) from France would be a bigger disaster.

Yet radicalization has moved quickly even in this once placid haven of North Africa; over three thousand Tunisian jihadists have been attracted to fight in Iraq and Syria.

Thus in the past few years such attacks have become more common precisely to destabilize a weak but moderate Arab country and push it into the abyss along with neighboring Libya.

Second in Lyon; this attack was carried out near one of France’s largest and most prosperous cities. Of course, there’s always the surrealistic side to the terror; the old adage it can’t happen here disappears in a wisp, as we hear of unimaginable horrors.

The beheading story near Lyon had a yet more bizarre twist of both the medieval and the modern when the killer, Yassine Salhi a local with close ties to the Salafist sect, decided to be modern and take a selfie to post a picture of himself with the severed head of his boss. This case rises to a level of pornographic evil.

The Sunni fundamentalist Salafists are surprisingly active in many mosques throughout France, according to the security services. Some of these clandestine networks go back 25 years. Commenting on the issue, Frederic Lefebvre, a parliamentary deputy for the Republicans, representing French in North America stated, “We must protect young Muslims from radical Islam. I would close the 25 prayer rooms which have been identified by the intelligence services in Ile de France, the 22 in Lyon region, and the 13 in Marseille which have fallen into the hands of extremists.

The Tunisian government courageously closed 80 Salafist mosques recently.� Violence prone Salafists were apparently celebrating the first anniversary of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Fundamentalists also actively recruit in the French prison system where many jihadis are formed.

Third, Kuwait. The attack on the Shiite mosque is aimed to ignite a intra-Islamic war as is going on in Iraq and Syria and to use sectarian fissures to destroy Islam. Here too the Muslim countries must be vigilant to the enduring threat from within.

Bloody Friday reminds Europe and the Arabs that the threat of jihadi terrorism is on their doorstep or inside their country.

For the U.S. the threat is no less severe. We can’t wish it away.

John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Divided Dynamism the Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China (2014).

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Talking to terrorists

Richard JacksonRichard JacksonRichard Jackson speaks to MEMO: “Once you listen to what their grievances are and try and address them terrorism subsides.”

One week ago, Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgai opened fire on tourists near Sousse, Tunisia, killing 38 people. On the same day, a man was beheaded in France and a bomb detonated in a Shia mosque in Kuwait killing 27. ISIS claimed responsibility for all three.

Amidst the media coverage that follows terrorist attacks such as these two schools of thought generally emerge: one asserts that terrorists are driven by religious ideology and the other that they are driven by political motives, principally western foreign policy. “All the evidence suggests that this is deeply political,” says Richard Jackson, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. “It’s the conclusion of all the serious scholars I’m aware of that in particular the invasion of Iraq was the single most radicalising event for militants across the Middle East and in European and Western countries.”

“That makes complete sense,” he continues. “Because if we look at this kind of terrorism it wasn’t around in the same form and the same level or even close to the same extent 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago. Islam’s been around for hundreds of years… but this is a very modern phenomenon and it’s very, very connected to the politics of the Middle East, particularly to the invasions to Guantanamo, to Abu Ghraib torture, to drone strikes and so on.”

“What you’ve got to remember is that the west has killed 1.3 million people in Iraq. That’s likely to drive any reasonable person into a rage and cause immense grievance.”

The Tunisian government responded to last Friday’s attacks by issuing an order to close more than 80 mosques. Jackson, who is also Chief Editor of Critical Studies on Terrorism and runs a blog on the subject, explains that one of the oldest precepts of theories on terrorism states that isolated acts of violence push the state to respond by cracking down, which in turn intensifies grievances against the state and mobilises support.

The theory, he says, “is that you provoke the power to respond in a disproportionate way, which then creates grievance, which then gives terrorists more support and leads eventually to a broader, deeper movement that can perhaps consider moving to the next stage, which would be a kind of a civil war or an insurgency and then eventually overthrowing [the] regime.”

Knee-jerk reactions, says Jackson, simply conform to terrorists’ expectations; but not all governments respond in the same way. In 2011, Anders Breivik set off a bomb in Oslo before shooting dead 69 people at the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth camp, yet Norway’s response to the attack showed an alternative way to deal with such assaults: “They said we don’t want to let this terrorist attack undermine our values and undermine our tolerance and our sense of community,” he says. “We don’t want the terrorists to win by making us suspicious of each other and creating greater senses of grievances so we’re not going to respond in the way that they expect.”

Like the Breivik assault, the tragic events in Tunisia, Kuwait and France last week went straight to the headlines. On the same day many more people across the world died in car crashes, work accidents, drone attacks, hunger and in wars; yet their stories received less attention. Jackson believes the media are largely responsible as they have adopted terrorism as “the most spectacular spectacle,” responding to attacks with wall to wall coverage. The public then supports this by consuming media products, which in turn increases revenue for media producers. “Small arms kill half a million people a year around the world,” points out Jackson. “These are less spectacular but far more lethal [than terrorism].”

Moreover, he says, terrorists actually rely on this kind of media coverage to spread their message:

“Without the media terrorism wouldn’t really exist. It would be very hard for terrorists to have any impact at all if no one publicised what they were doing. So sadly there’s a kind of symbiotic relationship between the media and terrorism because terrorism relies on the media to get their spectacular message out and the media relies on terrorism to get their ratings up. So both sides benefit.”

That being said, attempts by the government to control the media and restrict what is broadcast haven’t worked either. “It’s hard to know how to get the media to behave more responsibly and not play into the hands of terrorists,” he says.

Last year, Jackson took a break from writing academic books to pen Confessions of a Terrorist, a fictional account of a dialogue between a wanted terrorist and a British intelligence officer. Jackson says he has always wanted a novel to give to his students but only found literature that painted terrorists out to be Hollywood-style villains.

Confessions of a Terrorist questions the taboo of talking to terrorists and the fear many have that doing so will lead to understanding and sympathising with their behaviour. “I think that it’s really important that we talk to them so we know what we really want and so that we understand what they’re trying to achieve and why they think they have to use violence… and whether if the situation was reversed we would do the same thing… [T]he reality is in many ways we go and commit a lot of violence overseas and then when people react against that and fight back we get all shocked and surprised. So we need to talk to them.”

“If you look at the academic research, you find out that actually most terrorist groups are not defeated through military means, but a much higher proportion of them stop their terrorism through political dialogue,” he continues. “So once you start talking to them and once you bring them into the political process, once you listen to what their grievances are and try and address them terrorism subsides.”

One of the consequences of not talking to terrorists, believes Jackson, is that we have dehumanised them which allows us to take away their human rights and justifies acts such as killing them with drones. “As a consequence countless innocent people have been killed… Countless innocent people have been tortured; have been kidnapped and taken to these horrible, secret prisons around the world. All kinds of human rights abuses have been carried out and as a result we in many ways have betrayed our own values and that’s because we’ve dehumanised the terrorists and that’s why I think it’s really important to re-humanise them.”

The language of terrorism is thus a way of defining the “other” and drawing a distinction between us and them, good versus evil, freedom lovers against freedom haters and soldiers and patriots against terrorists, says Jackson: “You can look through history – recent and long in the past –and realise that actually governments commit exactly the same acts as so-called terrorists. They use violence to try and terrify groups of people and intimidate groups of people. Sometimes, they plant bombs in public places or blow up or hijack planes. There are so many examples.”

A lot of terrorist scholars argue, therefore, that if the definition of terrorism is applied objectively a lot of state violence can be classified as state terrorism. “But again, that’s a very difficult narrative to make and to be accepted in public because we like to have these clear lines between our good legitimate violence which comes out of the authority of the state and illegitimate, illegal violence,” says Jackson.

“The problem is that when those two forms of violence look identical and you can’t tell the difference between them; [then] there comes to be a question over [whether] our violence [is] actually that legitimate.”

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Tunisia attack: British victims to be repatriated as latest victims named – latest

02.05

Ireland is also in mourning following the attack. Today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the terror attack in Tunisia that killed 38 people, including three Irish citizens, was “an act of hatred”.

QuoteToday, I want to send the condolences of the Irish people to the families in the UK and across the world who lost their loved ones. Equally, we stand with the people of Tunisia who feel shocked and betrayed. This attack was an act of hatred. It was a rejection of the values of respect, equality and freedom which we hold so dear.

01.42

Survivors of the attack Oliver Hardy and Paige Finn have told Sky News how they are having flashbacks and can still hear the shots and screams.

23.50

Vice has published an 11-minute video shot by an anonymous resident of Sousse who followed the gunman onto the beach as the massacre was taking place. It contains graphic footage and images of dead bodies.

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Steven Swinford, our Deputy Political Editor, reports that a senior British military commander has said the Armed Forces must be prepared to use Facebook and Twitter to spread “lies” to help fight extremists.

Gen Sir Richard Barrons, Commander of Joint Forces Command, said the West is lagging behind Isil, which is tweeting in 23 languages. He said the armed forces must be more prepared to use social media to help achieve strategic objectives in Iraq .Gen Barrons said: “If you are fortunate enough to be the commander who is going to run the fight for Mosul, probably the most important thing you want to do as you launch your operation, is to get into the minds of the one million citizens of Mosul through their computers and their mobile phone. And either tell them the truth – it’s going to be a tough day… or tell them a lie, you’ve got to move somewhere else. We’ve been doing that for centuries.” He added: “We are dealing with opponents in Isil and Russia who do this for a living. Isil uses Twitter and Facbook in 23 languages. We barely do it in our own.”

22.30

Here is our story from Ben Farmer on the “dangerous terrorist” wanted in connection with the Tunisia attack who is “trying to get into Europe”.

22.02

Richard Spencer, Middle East Editor, has more information on the gunman, who received training in Libya alongside the two terrorists who carried out an attack at the Bardo Museum in March.

The Tunisian authorities confirmed on Tuesday that Seifeddine Rezgui, the attacker who killed 39 people in the resort of El Kantaoui last Friday, had crossed the border to train in a camp at Sabratha, in western Libya.

Rezgui’s attack was claimed by Isil in a statement on Friday night. The group had already claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bardo Museum, along with other killings in Tunisia in recent months.

In May, the “Ajnad al-Khilafa” account, which had already been used to advertise Isil attacks in Tunisia, sent out two tweets saying: “To the Christians planning their summer vacations in Tunisia, we cant accept u in our land while your jets keep killing our Muslim Brothers in Iraq & Sham (sic).

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While we now know the fates of most of those reported missing after the attack, a Surrey couple remains unaccounted for.

Relatives have made desperate pleas for help finding Ray and Angie Fisher, who were staying at the resort in Sousse and have not been heard from since the attack.

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Repatriations are set to begin for the British victims of the attack, with the first bodies expected to arrive back in the UK tomorrow.

An RAF flight is expected to depart Tunisia tomorrow, though it is not yet clear how many of the victims will be on board. The plane will arrive at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

20.03

Rezgui trained in Libya in late 2014 before carrying out the attack, according to a spokesman for the Tunisian prime minister. It is believed that the two gunmen who carried out another attack in Tunisia, at the Bardo museum in March, trained in Libya at the same time. Twenty people died in that attack, many of them western tourists.

This has sparked fears that there may be a Jihadist cell operating inside Tunisia, though no further links have been drawn between the two attacks at this time.

Rezgui

19.35

Psychologist Ian Robertson writes that Seifeddine Rezgui, the gunman, was “a normal young man” who was indoctrinated into radical Islam:

The father of Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui said on Sunday that Islamist extremists had “ruined my son’s brain … with horrid thoughts and ideas, they broke him.”

He is right.

Seifeddine Rezgui was almost certainly indoctrinated into a worldwide cult that has made acquired political capital using social media just as Facebook and other companies have made financial capital….

Rezgui was by all accounts a normal young man, a soccer supporter who enjoyed breakdancing to western music but who, after his first year in university, according to a fellow student, showed a marked changed in demeanour. He began to spend more and more time with an extreme Salafi group advocating jihad, and becoming close to its leader, a man called Rashed.

Rezgui in his beloved Real Madrid replica football shirt

This group did indeed ruin Rezgui’s brain to the point that he came to believe that it was not only acceptable, but actually virtuous, to massacre helpless men, women and children as they enjoyed the simple, harmless pleasures of human existence.

18.50

There has been some confusion over the number of British victims, and you may have seen (at least) three different numbers. That is because the government said earlier 22 Brits were confirmed dead, while another 8 are feared dead. That indicates that the final number is likely to approach 30.

Based on statements from friends and relatives of the victims, we are now able to confirm the deaths of 25 Brits.

For more, please read our piece on what we know about those 25 victims, as well as those missing or wounded.

18.33

Four of the victims are confirmed to have been Scottish.

17.43

The family of Janet and John Stocker have released a statement, confirming that the couple from Crawley were killed in the attack.

It is with regret and great sadness that we can now confirm that our parents Janet and John Stocker have tragically lost their lives as a result of Friday’s atrocities.

We would like to thank all those that helped us with information in trying to locate them, and we appreciate the support and help that we have received from both the British and Tunisian people and authorities.

Mum and dad were the happiest, most loving couple who enjoyed life’s simple pleasures as well as the pleasures and love of their extensive family and their many friends, but most of all they were still very much in love with each other.

They were both young at heart and enjoyed all that life could offer, and especially enjoyed travelling to new places, exploring and appreciating local cultures, and they died together doing what they enjoyed most; sunbathing side by side.

Our father, 74, was retired printer, born and bred in Peckham and was a proud father of us 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Our mother, 63, was born and raised with her two brothers in Fulham and was a fun-loving and devoted mother to us children, and loved nothing more than being than being around all of the grandchildren, as well as a best friend to anyone who knew and appreciated her kind, understanding and loving character.

They made a huge impact on our lives, and touched the hearts of so many people and they will both be sorely missed and never forgotten by the family and all that knew and loved them for all the reasons that made them so special as a couple, and as the two most honest and genuine people that they were.

We, the family, would now like to request that we are given some privacy so that we may grieve as a family and move forward at this difficult time, and trust that our wishes will be respected.

17.15

John Welch, 74, and Eileen Swannack, 70, have now been confirmed dead, according to the Bath Chronice. They were previously considered missing.

Eileen Swannack, 70 and her partner John Welch, 74 (Twitter)

The couple from Wiltshere had visited the resort in Sousse on multiple occasions. Mr Welch was a retired plumber.

A service will be held on Friday in the village of Biddlestone, to coincide with the national moment of silence.

17.00

Downing Street has now confirmed that at least 22 of the 38 people killed were British. It is feared that another 8 may have been British, which would bring the total to 30.

16.50

It appears that victim Chris Dyer posted a conversation with a friend who thought he had already returned from his holiday to Instragram on the morning of the attack. He told the friend he would still be in Tunisia until Wednesday, and that the trip had been “nice and relaxing”.

He also posted several pictures of himself and his wife on their holiday.

16.34

Chris Dyer, an 32-year-old engineer from Watford, is the latest victim identified in the attack.

His wife Gina Van Dort was severely wounded, but survived. She was reportedly found clutching her husband’s lifeless body.

A doctor said: “After we found Mrs Dyer she was touching her husband hugging. She didn’t want to leave him.”

Mr Dyer described himself on Instagram a a “Jiu Jitsu blue belt, ex marathon runner, engineer, full time Watford fan, MMA fan and biker.”

The Jiu Jitsu club that Mr Dyer was a member of posted on Twitter mourning his loss.

16.04

One of Tunisia’s top security officials says the gunman who killed 38 tourists, mostly Britons, in a beach attack was trained in neighbouring Libya at the same time as the attackers who targeted the Bardo museum in March.

Rafik Chelli told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Seifeddine Rezgui, a Master’s student in electrical engineering at Kairouan University, sneaked into Libya in January and trained near the western town of Sabratha.


Flowers on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia (Steve Parsons/PA)

“It has been confirmed that the attacker trained in Libya with weapons at the same period as the Bardo attackers,” said Mr Chelli, the secretary of state for the Interior Ministry. “He crossed the borders secretly.”

Sabratha, also the site of famed Roman ruins, is known to contain training camps for jihadis. The March attack on the museum killed 22 people, mostly tourists.

15.46

Mr Stollery worked for the local authority for the past 33 years, and for the past 16 years was dedicated to helping children in care.

He was on holiday with his wife and son when he was killed.

The county council’s chief executive, Anthony May, said everyone at the authority was immensely saddened by the death of a much-loved and respected member of staff.

Mr May said: “As a dedicated social worker, he had a passion to help others that was apparent to everyone that he met.

“Our thoughts are with John’s family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy, including others from Nottinghamshire.

“John will be missed greatly.”

14.42

John Stollery, a 58-year-old social worker from Nottinghamshire, has been named by Nottinghamshire Council Council as a further victim of the Tunisia beach massacre.

In a statement his wife Cheryl said: “We, his family, are proud of him and deeply saddened that he was taken from us in such a horrific and tragic way.”

14.01

Prof Ian Robertson, a psychologist, has written for the Telegraph analysing how Seifeddine Rezgui – described as an ordinary boy who loved breakdancing and football team Real Madrid – could have been induced to massacre innocent people.

He writes:

QuoteThe methods used are the same as all cults have used for centuries, from the 12th century Persian and Syrian Assassins to the doomed followers of Jim Jones in 20th century America. These groups had to physically search out the vulnerable, groom them face to face, “love bomb” them, isolate them from their normal circles and then gradually desensitise them to more and more extreme ideas.

Rezgui’s indoctrinators used the power of social media to fast-track this process and embrace him into a murderous cult. They are doing this with thousands of vulnerable people in most countries of the world, grooming, isolating and desensitising them from a physical distance of thousands of miles, but a digital distance which is intimately face-to-face.

13.45

British police on Tuesday launched a major counter-terror exercise in London, held in a disused London Underground station at Aldwych in the West End theatre district.

Around 1,000 people including emergency medical services and transport workers are involved in the drill, which will continue on Wednesday.

13.20

Repatriations of Britons killed by a gunman in last week’s Tunisian beach massacre are expected to begin on Wednesday, Downing Street has said.

The Government is “working closely” with the families of those killed in Sousse, and has offered to arrange for the bodies of their loved ones to be flown by RAF plane to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before being transported on to their home areas.

The repatriation process is expected to take a number of days.

All wounded Britons have now been brought back to the UK, with four severely injured holidaymakers flown home in an RAF C17 transport plane accompanied by “medevac” teams.

The four injured people are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and St Mary’s Hospital in London, said Number 10.

13.14

Here is more from Richard Spencer, the Telegraph’s Middle East Editor, explaining the links between the Tunisia beach gunman Seifeddine Rezgui and terror groups in Tunisia:

The overall leader of Ansar al-Sharia [an umbrella grouping of hardline Islamists] in Tunisia is a long-term jihadi called Saifullah ben Hassine, who followed the common trail of like-minded Islamists by fighting in Afghanistan and then living in London, where he was an associate of the Jordanian Abu Qatada.

Among Ben Hassine’s claims to fame was leading the storming of the US embassy in Tunis on September 14, 2012. He is still at large.

However, as with other groups calling themselves Ansar al-Sharia across North Africa and Yemen, terror attacks are normally carried out by semi-autonomous subsidiaries which can declare allegiance to either al-Qaeda or Isil.

It has been reported that Ben Hassine was linked to Seifeddine Rezgui.

13.01

A victim of the terror attack in Sousse arrived at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital this morning for specialist treatment after being flown back home from Tunisia

12.52

A total of 21 Britons have been identified as victims of the Tunisian beach massacre and a further nine are believed to be among the dead, Downing Street has said.

Another of the casualties airlifted overnight is being treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed the patient had been admitted to the hospital, which is a designated major trauma centre.

12.41

An armed group in Tunisia which has claimed allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) tweeted a warning last month to British and western tourists not to go there for their summer holidays, writes our Middle East Editor Richard Spencer:

It said the warning was aimed at countries taking part in the coalition against Isil in Iraq and Syria.

“To the Christians planning their summer vacations in Tunisia, we cant accept u in our land while your jets keep killing our Muslim Brothers in Iraq & Sham (sic),” it said. Sham is the word usually translated as “the Levant”.

“But if u insist on coming then beware because we are planning for u something that will make you forget #Bardoattack.”

The reference to the coalition is significant because one witness to the shootings said the attacker, Seifeddine Rezgui, told him to “get out of the way” as he was looking for “British, French”. Britain and France have both joined the coalition against Isil.

The Twitter account which made the threat belonged to a group called Ajnad al-Khilafa, which emerged in early April and has claimed responsibility for a number of terror attacks in Tunisia.

It originally gave its full name as Ajnad al-Khilafa de Kairouan, and identified itself as the media arm of Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, an umbrella grouping of hardline Islamists. Kairouan is the holiest city in Tunisia as well as being the place where Rezgui studied.

12.15

11.44

Military personnel attend injured British nationals on board an RAF C-17 Aircraft en-route back to the UK:


MoD Crown Copyright/PA


Sgt Neil Bryden/EPA

11.30

Tunisia’s president says that a system of heightened security for the fasting month of Ramadan had been due to be implemented on July 1, before the beach attack that killed 38 tourists.

In an interview with Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, Beji Caid Essebsi said the security plan had been ready, but was not in place when a lone gunman attacked a beach resort on Friday.

“It’s true, we were surprised by the affair,” said Mr Essebsi, who was elected on promises to return security to the country. “The system of protection was set to start on July 1.”

Mr Essebsi said an inquiry had been opened into any security failures.

11.27

British tourists staying in the north African country have claimed they saw a second man carrying a gun and roaming the resort. One British witness has even claimed police admitted to him that they had shot dead a second killer.

Gordon Rayner has written a piece examining the evidence.

The Telegraph’s Hassan Morajea says he spoke to several witnesses at the resort who reported the same thing, but it turned out to be a security or policeman in civilian clothes.

He reports:

QuoteEven after the attack, most the security were not wearing uniform. I can see how this might confuse people. There’s also been a report that some young locals took weapons off a scared police man and tried to help stop the gunman.

11.21

Mathew James, who used his body as a human shield to protect his fiancee, Saera Wilson, from the gunman, has released a statement of thanks for the “support and kind messages” the pair have received since returning to the UK.

Mathew, was hit in the shoulder, chest and hip as the gunman opened fire, is continuing to receive treatment at University Hospital of Wales and is expected to be hospital for a further two weeks.

The statement said:

QuoteWe both feel its inappropriate to speak to the media about our ordeal until all of the British victims have been formally identified and repatriated back to the UK. We think it would be disrespectful to be talking openly about how lucky we are, when other families have lost so much.

11.14

Bronwyn Slater, 14, was on the beach with her father, Richard, and his partner, Maxine Midgely, when Seifeddine Rezgui attacked on Friday.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today about the experience, saying: “We just didn’t know where to go.”

10.38

Authorities in Tunisia are continuing to quiz seven suspected associates of the gunman. They have said Rezgui acted alone during the rampage but had accomplices who supported him before, providing him with weapons and logistical support.

British tourists staying in the north African country claimed they saw a second man carrying a gun and roaming the resort.

10.13

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says the public knows there can be no absolute guarantee on safety but insists the force is “putting our maximum efforts in to ensure that they are kept safe”.

The exercises are taking place at a disused underground station.

09.43

Sky News is reporting that the Tunisia gunman, Seifeddine Rezgui, was part of a five-man terror cell that had been in existence for four years.

A university friend of Rezgui told Sky News that the attack was co-ordinated by Isil and that Rezgui was trained in Libya.

Wassim Bel-a-Del said:

QuoteIn 2011 he was with [al-Qaeda affiliated] al-Nusra. Then when Daesh (Isil) started in Syria and Iraq he changed his allegiance and supported Daesh, and he loved everything they stood for.”


Seifeddine Rezgui photographed on the beach where he killed 38 people

09.17

A major exercise to test the emergency services and Government reponse to a terrorist attack is being held in central London today and tomorrow, called Operation Strong Tower.

Metropolitan Police says the “major live play exercise” has been planned since January, involving 14 different organisations.

Maxine de Brunner, deputy assistant commissioner, said:

QuoteThe exercise scenario will test our tactical response including working with our emergency services partners, containing the situation, evacuating the injured and managing a crime scene.

We’ve carefully planned the live play elements of this exercise to make sure that any disruption to the public is kept to a minimum.

08.24

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has confirmed it is treating one patient airlifted from Tunisia. The hospital is one of the region’s major trauma centres with expertise in treating the most seriously injured patients, including service personnel wounded during the conflict in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: “A patient has been admitted to the QEHB following medical evacuation from Tunisia.

“The patient arrived at 12.45am today following transfer from Birmingham International Airport and is being assessed by the hospital’s multi-disciplinary team to determine their ongoing care pathway.

“The team is being coordinated by Professor Sir Keith Porter, the Trust’s clinical lead for trauma.”

Lead clinician Professor Sir Keith Porter told Sky News: “I can confirm that in the early hours of this morning we did receive a single patient back from Tunisia.

“At this stage I am not in a position to be able to tell you the extent of their injuries.”


A casualty from the attack at the Imperial Marhaba hotel leaving Sahloul hospital escorted by British medics on Monday (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

08.10

Good morning and welcome back to our live blog, giving you the latest updates on the aftermath of the Tunisan terror attack. Here is a brief summary of what has been happening overnight:

• It has emerged that Seifeddine Rezgui, the gunman who massacred British tourists on the beach in Sousse, was inspired by a fanatic who ran a global terror network from London.

• Eyewitnesses have claimed the Tunisian beach massacre may have been carried out by more than one attacker. Rezqui, dressed in black, appeared to be alone in the video footage of the atrocity that has emerged so far.

• Tunisian authorities have held seven suspected associates of Rezgui. They believe that while he appeared to have acted alone, he may have had accomplices not present on the beach. The seven people in custody were arrested in at least three different cities and taken for questioning in the capital Tunis.

• Four British nationals seriously injured in the shooting have landed at Brize Norton in an RAF plane, after a brief stop at Birmingham Airport.

• A total of 38 people have died from the attack, including up to 30 Britons. So far 18 Britons have been formally identified.

• The Prime Minister told the Commons yesterday: “We will not give up our way of life or cower in the face of terrorism.”

• The Government is not advising Britons to stay away from Tunisia’s coastal resorts despite the bloody events at Sousse.

• A mock terrorist firearms attack is being staged in London today until tomorrow afternoon to test the emergency services’ ability to respond to a Tunisian-style mass shooting. Metropolitan Police insist that the “major live play exercise” has been prepared for since January, following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

• Head to yesterday’s liveblog for a recap of the chain of events.

07.42

Survivors Richard Slater, Maxine Midgely and Bronwyn were on the beach when the attack happened. They have told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme they saw a “little white aircraft” flying low. Richard said: “All of a sudden there was this bang”. He also revealed Tunisian authorities had told him two gunmen were shot dead. He belives more gunfire continued after seeing the body of one gunman, suggesting there were more gunmen on the beach.

Maxine said she saw two police on horses before the shooting began. “I was panicking because I didn’t know what was happening,” she said. She added they shouted to her: “Mrs, Mrs, get off beach they’re shooting”.

Bronwyn said: “I was proper spooked for my life”. He added he heard a lot of bangs from the gun fire and hand grenades while hiding in a shop nearby the beach.

07.30

It has emerged that the gunman who massacred British tourists on the beach in Sousse was inspired by a fanatic who ran a global terror network from London.

Seifeddine Rezgui’s mentor was Saifallah Ben Hassine, a founding leader of Ansar al-Sharia, the main terror group in Tunisia, it was reported.

Ben Hassine, 49, arrived in Britain in the late 1990s and became a follower of hate preacher Abu Qatada, who was then also based in London.

Court papers, seen by the Daily Mail, state Ben Hassine used Britain’s capital as his base for founding and running the “Tunisian Fighting Group” from 2000 onwards.

07.16

Injured British tourists landing in Birmingham

04.40

The British High Commission in Canberra has lowered its flag to half mast.

02.30

AFP reports that Tunisia has announced emergency measures to support its vital tourism sector after the country’s worst ever jihadist attack at a popular beach resort, which is expected to wipe $500 million off the economy.

Tourism Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik said the government would provide exceptional loans to help tourism businesses this year and next after Friday’s shooting, which killed 38 people and prompted thousands of holidaymakers to flee.

“If tourism collapses… the economy falls apart,” she said.

01.30

Here is our report on Reguzi’s links to Britain after it emerged that the gunman was inspired by a fanatic who ran a global terror network from London.

00.50

The Press Association reports that a 52-year-old man who flew to Tunisia with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary has been confirmed dead, his brother-in-law has said.

Philip Heathcote, who lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, and was originally from Manchester, had been missing feared dead since Friday.

His wife, Allison Heathcote, 48, is in an induced coma after also being shot while on the beach at Sousse and family have flown out to be with her.

The couple were due to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary yesterday. Her brother Simon Boon read a statement to ITV Anglia saying: “I have spoken to my nephew, James, and Philip Heathcote has now been identified and confirmed as one of those who sadly died as a result of the shooting.

QuotePhilip originally comes from Manchester and I am sure his family living there will want to pay their own tributes. The thoughts of our family go out to them all as we, together, grieve this awful loss. For 30 years, Philip has shown my sister love, care and loyalty that was second to none. Philip was truly Allison’s soulmate and they did everything together, sharing the same interests life offered.”

00.20

Relatives of victim Carly Lovett, 24, have released a statement saying she was a “shining light” who radiated happiness to those around her. In the statement, the fiance and immediate family of Carly Lovett said they were praying that the “evil” seen in Tunisia would end to spare others the heartbreak they have experienced. The statement was issued through Lincolnshire Police on behalf of Carly’s parents, Joanne and Kev, her fiance Liam, sister Jordan, brother Daniel, stepfather John, stepmother Tracey, and stepbrothers Simon and Max.

QuoteCarly was and always will be our beautiful shining light. She was funny, clever, artistic and radiated love and happiness around her. Carly recently got engaged to Liam, her childhood sweetheart of 10 years. Both were excited and looking forward to a bright future together filled with love and happiness. This has now been cruelly taken away. To move forward through this we will try to do what we believe Carly would want and that is to love, cherish and support each other. The support received from family, friends and people we don’t know has been overwhelming and has been a great comfort to us all. Carly, may you soar with the angels and we pray with all our hearts that this evil, and such disregard for human life, will end so no other family will feel the pain that we do today and always will.”

00.10

Birmingham City Football Club has said it is “deeply shocked and saddened” by the death of one of its former players and his wife in Tunisia.

Former player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine are reported to have been killed in the terrorist attack on Friday.

Birmingham City FC tweeted labout the deaths of Mr and Mrs Thwaites.

The club said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of former player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine in the Tunisian terrorist attack.

“Our thoughts are with Denis’ family. The club also offers its condolences to all who are mourning loved ones due to this atrocity.”

Source Article from http://telegraph.feedsportal.com/c/32726/f/568301/s/47b36bf0/sc/40/l/0L0Stelegraph0O0Cnews0Cworldnews0Cafricaandindianocean0Ctunisia0C1170A10A430CTunisia0Eattack0Eshooting0EIsil0Elinked0Ewarning0Elive0Bhtml/story01.htm

Terror in Tunisia: Another false flag? – Veterans Today

Bibi knew it was coming…but waited for the Gaza flotilla, with an ex-Tunisian president was aboard, before launching the attack

Bibi knew it was coming…but waited for the Gaza flotilla, with an ex-Tunisian president aboard, before launching the attack

In addition to the embedded Richie Allen interview, I also interviewed Nick Kollerstrom about the recent rash of dubious terror events – listen to that interview here.   -KB

Terror hits Tunisia

By Nick Kollerstrom, TerrorOnTheTube.co.uk

Terror events in three countries left 63 people dead on Friday 26th June: in Tunisia, Kuwait and France. This is in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan. Friday, 26th June Beach and hotel at Sousse A Wiki site went up quickly, saysing “39 people, mostly British tourists, were killed when armed gunmen attacked two hotels.” – soon this was altered to ‘an armed gunman.’ ”

The Brits were staying in the  Imperial Marhaba Hotel.

Cameron tells us who did it

The day after (27th) Cameron explained that the terror event had been perpetrated by Islamic State Terrorists.  How did he know that? We are reminded of Tony Blair telling the British people that Muslims had perpetrated the 7/7 event, on the very day that it had happened. (NB Isis appears to be run by Simon Elliot, a Mossad agent.)

Comparison with 7/7, near to 10th anniversary – 27 June: Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood said it was “the most significant terrorist attack on the British people” since the London 7/7 bombings in 2005. [Note: The British government is now running a massive terror drill mimicking the Tunisia shooting – which they claim was planned months ago!]

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack at the Imperial Marhaba hotel, according to SITE Intelligence GroupThere is always something very fishy when Rita Katzs’ SITE Intelligence Group is involved. SITE are the group that discovered all the Al-Qaeda/Bin Laden videos, the Foley be-heading video & all things ‘TERROR’ related, that play into the ‘official narratives’.

The Several Perpetators

According to Tunisian news agency, three persons, one in police uniform, came by a boat, and carried out the shooting. One was killed, another arrested and the third escaped. RT 27th01:36 GMT: There were three attackers in the Tunisian massacre, Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui told reporters. One of the men was was killed, one was arrested and another escaped./  He said authorities were “sure” that Seifeddine Rezgui had had accomplices.And Reuters now say ‘at least one gunman.’

An injured tourist has been interviewed who backs up the ‘second gunman’ scenario.

Craig Murray: The event “was highly organised, including some gunmen who arrived by jet-ski. There were many grenades thrown, which is also missing from the BBC account….  One BBC correspondent said that he was tipped off that something was going to happen so stayed away from the beach.

Daily Mail :two British witnesses saw a 2nd gunman: l Mr Johnson, a retired police officer, says he saw a second man standing with Rezgui on the beach. He claims this man, dressed in red shorts, was holding an automatic rifle and shooting the tourists along with the gunman in dark clothing.

Kirsty Murray, who was shot in both legs by a man she says was not Rezgui in a hotel corridor. But she says it was not an automatic rifle, like Rezgui was using, but a smaller weapon.  Her father Neil said: ‘She believes there were at least two gunmen because she was shot at close range with a handgun. ’Both her and her fiancé have said there was more than one gunman. One person is not capable of doing that much damage anyhow.’

In the video clip of the Gunman running along the beach ‘we see another man running a few metres behind him, that can only be another gunman as nobody else would risk being shot by running behind him like that…’

A woman interviewee on ITN (female, age over 65)referred to 2 gunmen- she also made supporting hand gestures, indicating the 2 locations from which she saw or heard gunfire. Several other witnesses also refer to explosions, presumed by stun grenades.

BBC: Tunisia gunman Seifeddine Rezgui ‘did not act alone’ The gunman who killed 38 at a beach near the Tunisian city of Sousse had help in carrying out the attack, officials have said.

Killer ‘unknown to police‘ [Mary] : One of Tunisia’s top security officials has said the gunman shot dead by security forces after killing at least 27 at a beach resort was not known to authorities. Rafik Chelli told Mosaique FM the man, believed to be a student, came from the beach hiding his Kalashnikov under an umbrella before opening fire on the tourists. From there he entered the Hotel Imperial through the pool, shooting people as he went. Chelli said there were many foreigners among the victims but he did not have an exact count of the nationalities. He said authorities had a plan to protect the hotels during the month of Ramadan but this was an isolated operation that is difficult to counter against and there is never zero risk.

Fabricated Photos

“The gunman strolling along the beach is of no interest to most of the group behind him. People are not running for their lives and many are not looking at him at all. He is not casting a shadow and the day looks pretty dull. In other pictures, the sunlight is intense and the shadows dense and sharp. That means that the stroll-along-the-beach photo could not have been taken on the same day. Curious.

“The ‘Horrifying amateur footage of Tunisia attacks unfolding’ looks to be pure CGI from beginning to end. The bland colouring and lack of detail is the giveaway. The same is true of the gunman-running-along-the-beach video.

“In another picture, the gunman aimlessly wanders the brilliantly lit street, looking for somewhere to pray and get shot; his shadow is intense and there is a lot of ‘ghosting around him that you do not seen in other pictures. The shadows cast by the gunman and the wall are inconsistent with the same sun angle. That has to be fake as well. There is a claim from a poster on the Chris Spivey site that he took a screenshot of that photo three days before the Tunisian incident occurred.” (‘Nick Turner’)

Thisw reminds us of the UK Drummer Lee Rigby event, with faked photos.

A Dead Man Takes the Blame

gunman_3357382bSeifeddine-Rezgui

Thirty British Deaths?

If 30 out of the 39 dead in Tunisia are British, that shows either (a) a remarkable ability to focus upon holiday Brits by ‘crazed killers’ or else (b) crisis actors involved (Chris Spivey has suggested this).

Theresa May has urged parents to report any signs of ‘radicalisation’ amongst children or friends to the police. This can include ‘bedrom radicalisation.’

US Base coming?   “Tunisia [in 2013] reportedly rejected the U.S.’s request to host AFRICOM for several reasons. On a local level, Tunisia feared that fundamentalist militias would take such an agreement to be a a declaration of war by the Tunisian government. This would certainly attract retaliative attacks compromising both national security and Tunisia’s main source of income, tourism.” We may expect the US to get itss desired base!

 

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Kevin Barrett

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is Host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly LIVE call in radio show.He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.

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Source Article from http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/06/30/terror-in-tunisia/