A nationwide general strike in opposition to the continued Israeli aggression in Gaza was organized in Palestine on Tuesday, May 18. Palestinians from all occupied territories and within Israel observed a day of action which included a complete shutdown of all activities throughout the day.
The call for the national strike was given by Palestinians on social media and was later supported by all political parties, civil society groups and unions including Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and others. The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, Fatah Central Committee and residents of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights also supported the call.
Several international human and civil rights groups called on people across the globe to join the day of action in solidarity with the Palestinian strike and it has also been supported by Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.
The strike comes in opposition to the air strikes by Israel inside Gaza which started on May 10 and were continuing till Tuesday morning. At least 212 people including 61 children have been killed and more than 1,500 have been injured so far. Civilian residential areas have been major targets of Israel’s bombing campaign in addition to the basic infrastructure of the region which has left a large number of people without basic amenities like shelter, health and power.
On Monday, May 17 Gaza’s main COVID-19 laboratory stopped functioning due to destruction cause to it by an Israeli air strike which also destroyed an orphanage, a female high school and offices of Palestinian ministry of health. Two Palestinian doctors Ayman Abu Al-Ouf and Moeen al-Aloul along with medical students were killed in similar attack on Sunday.
The strike is also in opposition to Israel’s attempts to evict the residents of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem and its recent attacks on Al-Aqsa compound in which hundreds of Palestinians were injured.
Strike for Palestine
From Haifa to Jerusalem to Nablus, and many more cities across Historic Palestine, thousands of people were on the streets demanding an end to Israel’s crimes.
Jaffa, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Haifa and all of occupied Palestine participating in the #StrikeForPalestine today.
— mohammed el-kurd (@m7mdkurd) May 18, 2021
— المركز الفلسطيني للإعلام (@PalinfoAr) May 18, 2021
— Iris (@irisbloomer) May 18, 2021
Mass march in the city of Hebron, in solidarity for the people of Gaza. pic.twitter.com/dH6juoVOiz
— Arya 🇮🇷 (@AryJaey) May 18, 2021
In several areas, reports emerged about violence against protests by the Israeli Occupation Forces and police. In Jerusalem, a reporter from Middle East Eye was attacked by Israeli forces while reporting on the strike.
Israeli forces attacked MEE correspondent Latifeh Abdellatif whilst she was covering the nationwide Palestinian general strike in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Abdellatif was beaten, pepper-sprayed and had her headscarf removed as she was reporting the detention of a young boy pic.twitter.com/Awzthvtwue
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) May 18, 2021
A mass march from Qalandia camp towards the Qalandia checkpoint, north of occupied Quds, followed by clashes. pic.twitter.com/RQbv7gY0S9
— Arya 🇮🇷 (@AryJaey) May 18, 2021
Rallies in solidarity with Palestinians and against Israeli aggression took place around the world as well.
— Carlos Latuff (@LatuffCartoons) May 17, 2021
Aksi Solidaritas Rakyat Indonesia untuk Palestina hari ini di depan Kedubes AS, Jakarta Pusat. pic.twitter.com/b5s0HgTdNi
— IndonesiaToday (@idtodayco) May 18, 2021
Watch | Tens of thousands of pro-Palestine protesters march in Detroit, Michigan, in support of the Palestinian people and in protest of the Israeli aggression on Gaza.#GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/WbJuMQkI6S
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) May 18, 2021
Showing solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank that called a genral strike earlier today against apartheid Israel.
Outside the Israeli embassy in Dublin at 4PM
Expel the Israeli ambassador✊
— Ógra Shinn Féin – BÁC Láir (@OSFDubCentral) May 18, 2021