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  • The case for a unified Palestinian protest movement

    The Arab Higher Monitoring Committee is calling for a general strike against recent Israel-U.S. attempts to further repress Palestinians. This is an opportunity to involve a younger generation of activists, and coordinate a joint struggle. By Rabeea Eid Palestinians across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza are banding together in a general strike on October 1, in protest of Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law and President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century.” The strike was announced this week by the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, an umbrella organization that represents Arab citizens of Israel. [tmwinpost] The strike is significant in its ability to bring…

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  • Palestinians hold general strike in support of hunger-striking prisoners

    Over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have refused food for nearly two weeks to protest prison conditions and practices like administrative detention. A 'day of rage' is planned for Friday. A general strike in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners on took place across the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Thursday. Shops in commercial districts shuttered their doors, leaving normally busy streets and markets empty. [tmwinpost] “Shops, institutions, banks, and schools all closed in support of the hunger strikers,” Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. In addition, a “day of rage” was planned for Friday, with protests expected in a number of Palestinian…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian citizens strike, protest Hamdan killing

    Photos by Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Text by Keren Manor Palestinian citizens of Israel called for a general strike on Sunday to protest the shooting death of Khir Hamdan at the hands of Israeli police overnight on Saturday. The strike paralyzed large cities and villages across the country, with several schools shutting down for the day. Protests took place throughout the day at the Technion in Haifa, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Demonstrations also took place in Arab cities and villages, including in Kafr Kanna, Kafr Manda, Acre, Tamra, Kafr…

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  • How police lied about the deadly shooting of Khir Hamdan

    I was sure that with all of their past experience, Israeli police would finally learn how to tell a decent lie. It turns out that the boys in blue could stand to learn a thing or two. I spent the last week in Amsterdam, where I hoped to disconnect and forget about the racism and the violence of Zionism, to see Ajax — my favorite soccer team since childhood — defeat a formidable opponent in its home stadium like in the good old days, and for a bit of nostalgia. The first goal was achieved. The second one? Not so…

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  • For Palestinians in Jerusalem, to strike or not to strike?

    A call for a general strike on both sides of the Green Line, in solidarity with Gaza, prompts a range of responses and dilemmas among Palestinian workers in Jerusalem. By Corey Sherman Heeding calls from Palestinian leaders on both sides of the Green Line, Palestinians across Israel and the West Bank observed both a general strike and day of mourning Monday, in solidarity with residents of the Gaza Strip. The strike, which is to last three days in the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem, ground business to a halt and brought to the streets a diverse group of…

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  • African asylum seekers: We will continue to strike until demands are met

    African asylum seekers held a press conference Tuesday in south Tel Aviv, where they announced that they will continue their "Strike For Freedom" until further notice. Representatives of the community from Sudan, Eritrea and Central African Republic spoke in both Hebrew and English about why they have been on strike and holding protests, and outlined their demands. The speakers at the press conference all repeated several messages: that the African refugee community is made up of human beings fleeing slavery, danger and war; they are not scary, as the government likes to portray them; the protests are non-violent; there are…

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  • African asylum seekers to strike in protest of Israeli immigration policies

    In protest of new law authorizing indefinite detention and a wave of roundups in south Tel Aviv, asylum seekers declare general strike and three days of protests. Thousands of African asylum seekers met in a south Tel Aviv park Saturday night to plan a three-day general strike protesting Israel’s asylum and immigration policies. Their central demands are an end to the practice of indefinitely detaining asylum seekers and that Israel individually examine their requests for asylum and refugee status. Read: Asylum seekers claim a place on the Israeli political map Currently Israel does not examine the asylum claims of Sudanese…

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  • J14 calls for General Strike on November 1. Will anyone listen?

    Posters and stickers—calling for a general strike (or, more literally, a people’s strike) and sponsored by J14—have popped up all over Tel Aviv in the past week or so. But with Gilad Schalit’s release capturing the country’s attention, will anyone heed the call? The poster above includes a picture of the Knesset and reads, “They’re not working for you; people’s strike 1/11/11.” The small print at the bottom says “three months, nine rallies, thousands of tents, a million citizens, and they still don’t get it—the people demand social justice!” Catchy. But, right now, Israelis are likely to feel that the…

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  • Palestinian bloggers called to join prisoner hunger strike

    On 27 September 2011, activists with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) launched a prisoner hunger strike in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians prisoners in Israeli jails. Rallies have been held throughout the West Bank in support of the hunger strike and now activists are calling on bloggers throughout the world to join. Ramallah--Protesting the treatment of Palestinian political prisoners, members of the PFLP started a hunger strike in Israeli prisons on 27 September 2011 and set up a number of solidarity tents throughout West Bank cities. In Ramallah, dozens of PFLP and Fatah youth movement…

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