Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Palestinians stage general strike & protests in the West Bank and Israel against war crimes in Gaza

Dear friends,
on Monday 21 July, Palestinians held a general strike across the West Bank and inside Israel in response to Israel's massacre on Sunday and Israel's war crimes and ongoing indiscriminate attack on civilians in Gaza, which has now left almost 600 Palestinians dead. 

The general strike in the Occupied West Bank was called by Palestinians trade unions, as well as other Palestinian institutions.  Public Service Workers Union, Bassem Zakarneh, told media that the general strike was being observed by Palestinian shops, banks,  universities public and private institutions and ministries in condemnation of Israeli massacres committed against Palestinians and in solidarity with the people in Gaza.

Palestinians across the Occupied West Bank also took to the streets in protest against Israel's massacre in Gaza.  According to the Palestine News Network more than 1500 Palestinians took part in the demonstration which Occupied Bethlehem. As protesters marched towards Rachel's tomb, they were attacked by Israeli Occupation Forces, who started firing teargas. Demonstrations also took place in Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarem and Occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestinian citizens of Israel also joined the general strike, with the main shops and other Palestinian institutions closing for the day.  In Nazareth, the main commerical street closed down and more than 3000 Palestinians took to the streets to protest Israel's war crimes in Gaza.  According to Al Jazeera, the Israeli police clashed with protesters, arresting at least a dozen protesters. Other protests against Israel's assault on Gaza had also taken place in other cities the previous week, including Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jaffa.

Please find below some photos and tweets about the general strike.

In solidarity, 









Above and below: Palestinian youth fired fireworks as they clashed with Israeli Occupation Forces 



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