Palestine General Strike: 18th May 2021

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief

Today marks a general strike and day of action across occupied Palestine, which will disrupt all economic and commercial activity in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian communities inside Israel as well as the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. As of yesterday at least 192 people, including 58 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the past week (according to Al Jazeera), with attacks persisting in the area of 2 million people.

This comes after plans to displace residents of the Palestinian community Sheikh Jarrah, the latest in the continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people. Palestinian political parties and unions have welcomed the strike, though today’s action was brought on by ordinary Palestinians, rather than the historically precedented strikes called by parties and unions.

All sectors, with the exclusion of private education, will be involved in the strike. Palestinian prisoners will also be participating by refusing the orders of Israeli prison guards and refusing to communicate.

Palestine has a long history of strike action, and was colonised by the British until 1948. The 6 month long strike of 1936 involved the whole country, and was aimed at pressuring Britain to end the colonial policies which paved the way for the modern ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

You can donate to Medical Aid for Palestine here: Medical Aid for Palestinians (map.org.uk)

And to Penny Appeal’s emergency fund for Palestine, who provide food packs, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and contribute towards hospital care for injured Palestinians: Palestine Charity & Gaza Appeal | PennyAppeal.org

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