[Ed. – A ‘general strike’? What does that mean?]
Palestinians went on strike on Tuesday to protest Israeli policies denying Palestinians the rights afforded to Jews.
The strikes come against the backdrop of continued violence in the region, with Hamas launching rocket fire at Israel and Israel launching air strikes at Gaza in response.
The Associated Press reported that Palestinians in Israel, East Jerusalem and the West Bank were observing a general strike intended to protest the Israeli policies.
One of the strike’s organizers, Muhammad Barakeh, told the AP that Palestinians were expressing a “collective position” against Israel’s “aggression” in Gaza and Jerusalem, as well as “brutal repression” by police across Israel.
Israel has blamed the current war on Hamas, accusing it of inciting violence across the region. The strike was backed by the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, according to AP. Hamas is designated as a terrorist group by the United States.