Israel: General strike
Thousands of Palestinians and Arab Israelis participated in a general strike across Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Israel and even refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, to protest Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, as well as additional Israeli actions in Jerusalem. Both Hamas, which controls much of the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which enjoys limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank, called for their members to participate in the strike.
Building sites, which are reliant on Palestinian labour from both sides of the Green Line, ground to a halt. “We cannot build without them,” said the Israeli Building Association, who reported that only 110 out of the 65,000 Palestinian construction workers from the West Bank went to work in Israel on the day of the strike.
The Palestinian authority, which is dominated by Fatah, allowed public sector employees to participate in the strike, except for health care professionals and other select occupations.
Wadi Ara Mayor Mudar Younes, who directs a union of Arab local municipalities, called it a rare moment of Palestinian unity that crossed the Green Line.
“This is the first time, to my knowledge, that such a general strike began inside [Israel] and spread to the West Bank and Gaza,” Younes said.
Palestinians and Arab Israelis live under three different governments — Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority. The strike was an attempt to show national unity at a time of crisis.
Just days after the disruptive strike action, Israel and Hamas agreed to a “mutual and simultaneous” ceasefire.
Source: The Times of Israel; Morning Star