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Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, 1948 Arabs join nationwide strike

The Israeli wave of violence - in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza - has resulted in the injury and arrest of hundreds and death of tens of Palestinian people, and the numbers will seemingly increase in the coming days

Bassem Aly , Tuesday 18 May 2021
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A general view shows shuttered stores in the Arab quarter of Jaffa, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, during a general strike which was observed on May 18, 2021 in Arab neighbourhoods in Israel as well as in Palestinian towns in Gaza and the occupied West Bank to protest Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and its continuing air campaign on the Gaza Strip AFP
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According to the same report, the strike was joined by workers across the occupied West Bank and Gaza. 
 
Similar reporting about this major event has been made by Israeli media. 
 
“This is the first time we’re seeing almost everyone participate in the strike. We’ve tried it before, but we’ve never seen this result,” said Castro Othman, a resident of Tamra in northern Israel, told The Times of Israel. 
 
1948 Arabs, Palestinians who were not expelled at the time of the creation of the state of Israel, also participated in the strike, the Israeli news website mentioned. 
 
The Palestinians started an economic, commercial and educational strike on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza in response to Israel's escalatory measures. 
 
Palestinian villages and towns in Israel closed their doors as part of the strike
 
Since the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, Israel has put barriers outside Damascus Gate to prevent the Palestinians from breaking the fast on the steps of the area where thousands of them traditionally gather after the night-time prayers. But it removed them at a later stage. 
 
Israel also plans to evict several Palestinians families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighoburhood in east Jerusalem and regularly attacks Palestinians civilians, which Israeli settlers are involved in. 
 
These developments led to a huge wave of Palestinians protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem, which faced a bloody Israeli crackdown. 
 
Israeli also launched an aggressive aerial campaign on Gaza.
 
The Israeli wave of violence - in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza - has resulted in the injury and arrest of hundreds and death of tens of Palestinian people, and the numbers will seemingly increase in the coming days.
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