Jerusalem.- Palestinian parties, unions and civil entities called for a general strike this Tuesday in Israel and the occupied territories of Jerusalem East and West Bank, to protest against “the Israeli assault on Gaza“, the eviction orders for Palestinian families and the spike in attacks by extremist Jews.
“Businesses, schools, universities and offices in the occupied territories” are called to close their doors after the nationalist Fatah party – led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas – called the strike, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported today. .
The union organizations of lawyers, teachers, the Higher Committee of Public Transport, the prisoner movement and other organizations also issued statements supporting the protest.
In turn, the High Arab Monitoring Committee of Israel, which brings together Arab-Israelis of Palestinian origin (around the 20% Israeli population) will also join the strike.
This community has been the target of lynchings and attacks by Jewish extremists during the last week in different parts of the country, where many Arabs clashed with the security forces and also beat Jews, which today resulted in the death of a 56-year-old man who was admitted.
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All of this comes after a week of escalating violence between Palestinian militias in Gaza e Israel, the worst since 2014. Since it erupted on May 10, it has resulted in the death of 200 Palestinians in Gaza and 10 people in Israel, and for now it has no de-escalation view.
Added to this are the long-standing tensions between Palestinians with the police and Israeli settlers in Jerusalem Be busy. Protests continue in the Shaikh Yarrah neighborhood, where several Palestinian families are at risk of eviction in favor of Jewish settlers, which was one of the triggers for the current tension.
Yesterday a Palestinian hit several Israeli agents with a car in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Yarrah, which was blocked by police cords to avoid protests. The attacker was killed by the Israeli Police.
Protests and attacks against Israeli forces also intensified last week in the West Bank, where at least 15 Palestinians were killed by fire from the Israeli army or security forces.