Tue. Oct 16 2018

General strike in Palestine against Israeli racist law

‘The strike is a message to the world that the cause of apartheid and racism is alive in Israel,’ former Israeli Arab lawmaker says.

Oct 01 2018

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Palestinians in occupied Palestine (Israel) and occupied territories carried out on Monday general strike, protesting against Israeli racist law which turns Israel to state only for Jews.

Leaders of Israel's Arab community (the Palestinians who remained in their homes during the Nakba) have called for their private sector to strike against the racist Israeli law, which declares that only Jews have the right of self-determination in Israel.

Factions in the Palestinian territories called for schools, universities, government offices and shops to close their doors and take part in the strike.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hastily set up a committee to propose new legislation to mollify the law's critics but no amendments have been enacted since its passage in July shortly before the Knesset went on its summer recess. It will reconvene in the middle of October.

Mohammed Barakeh, a former Israeli lawmaker who heads a committee that monitors Israeli policy concerning Israeli 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.

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