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Algerian politicians submit Bill to criminalise relations with Israel

ALGERIAN parliamentarians have submitted a Bill to the People’s National Assembly that would criminalise the establishment of relations with Israel and ban travel to the occupied territories. 

If passed it would also be unlawful for Algerian lawmakers to have direct or indirect contact with Israeli officials. 

Movement of Society for Peace MP Youssef Ajesa said he had lodged the Bill on behalf of his group of deputies which hold 65 of the 462 seats in the lower chamber.

His parliamentary bloc “tried to include other groups to contribute to the Bill, but it did not receive a response, so I took the initiative to present it in its name,” he said. 

The Bill includes seven articles which seek to “criminalise normalisation” of relations with Tel Aviv and forbids travel to the Israeli-occupied lands and contact with Israeli authorities. 

In order to pass, the Bill needs a simple majority in the People’s National Assembly from where it will be referred to Algeria’s upper chamber, the Council of the Nation. 

Algeria has maintained its pro-Palestinian stance and has so far refused to establish relations with Israel, rejecting normalisation. 

Foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra has repeatedly warned Arab nations against supporting Israel’s expansion in the region, calling for them to support the Palestinian people. 

But a number of nations including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco have signed up to the so-called Abraham Accords initiated by former US president Donald Trump. 

Algeria has however ruled out such a move and said that relations with Rabat had deteriorated as a result of Morocco’s increased military co-operation with Israel.

“The Moroccan authorities, in their alliance with the zionist entity, are contributing to an unprecedented escalation of Israeli hegemony over the region. 

“Every step taken by the Moroccan authorities in this malicious military alliance takes them away from Algeria and its people,” Mr Lamamra said at the time.


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