Palestinians in occupied territories to support Arab-Palestinian strike in Israel Monday

Reuters , Monday 1 Oct 2018

Strike in Palestine
A Palestinian man walks past closed shops during a general strike in support of an Israeli-Arab protest against Israel's Nation State Law, in Hebron in the occupied West Bank October 1, 2018. (Reuters)

Palestinians called a general strike for Monday in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in support of an the protests of Arab-Palestinians in Israel against Israel's Nation State Law.

Leaders of the Arab palestinian minority community have called for their private sector to strike against the recently-passed Nation State Law, which declares that only Jews have the right of self-determination in Israel.

The strike will have limited effect on the country as a whole as Monday is a holiday for Israel's Jewish majority as they mark the end of the Sukkot festival.

Factions in the Palestinian territories have said schools, universities, government offices and shops will close in solidarity.

The law has come under fierce criticism at home and abroad and has provoked anger among the 1.8 million Palestinian Arabs who make up a fifth of Israel's 9 million citizens.

Mohammed Barakeh, a former Arab-Palestinian lawmaker in Israel who heads a committee that monitors Israeli policy concerning Israel's Arabs, said the strike had been called in coordination with groups in the Palestinian territories.

"The strike is a message to the world that the cause of apartheid and racism is something that should not only be dealt with internally but it should be talked about globally," Barakeh said.

This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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