Palestinians to stage nationwide general strike as air raids pummel Gaza
Strike will be held across occupied Palestinian territories as well as Palestinian towns inside Israel on Tuesday, as intense Israeli bombing shows no signs of abating
17 May 2021
Palestinians across the political divide have said a nationwide general strike will commence on Tuesday to protest Israel’s continuing bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The strike, which will see the disruption of all economic and commercial establishments in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian communities inside Israel, comes as more than 200 people, including 61 children, have been killed in intense Israeli attacks on the besieged enclave of two million people.
The strike also comes amid plans to forcibly displace residents of the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, and days of attacks at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Palestinians and comrades around the world. Tomorrow (18/05) we strike for Palestine! Liberation is within our reach! Within our lifetime! #palestinianuprising #SaveSheikhJarrah pic.twitter.com/pPy3PiWoHN
— Dr. Yara Hawari د. يارا هواري (@yarahawari) May 17, 2021
News of the initiative was welcomed by Palestinian political parties, unions, syndicates and institutions, which published statements confirming their commitment. Residents of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights have also declared that they would partake.
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