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Palestinians strike and protests after funeral death

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2438

Palestinians in Israel held a three-day general strike last week following the killing of a protester by Israeli police.

Police attacked a funeral procession in Rahat, southern Israel, with tear gas on Sunday of last week. One mourner, 43 year old Sami al-Zayadna was killed.

The funeral was for 22 year old Sami al-Jaar, who had been killed by Israeli police as he stood outside his house. 

Local councils and grassroots committees representing the Palestinian minority in Israel called the strike.

Shops and businesses were closed across the Negev region, and protests were held in Haifa, Jaffa, Beersheba and Rahat.

There were also protests by students at Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, Haifa University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Palestinians across Israel and inside occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank have joined a wave of protests.

They follow Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip last summer. Israel has clamped down on the protests, killing many people, including Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein in December.


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Tue 27 Jan 2015, 16:09 GMT
Issue No. 2438
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