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Gaza general strike planned in response to US Embassy move to Jerusalem

Palestinians protest against the plans by US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on 19 January 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

The Follow-Up Committee for the National and Islamic Factions in the Gaza Strip has announced a general strike on 14 May in response to the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Palestinian Information Centre reported on Wednesday.

The committee said that the strike would cover all aspects of public life except transportation, in order to facilitate the movement of participants in the Great March of Return. The Palestinian factions renewed their rejection of America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as well as the embassy move. According to the committee’s statement, moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a “declaration of war” against the Palestinians and their rights.

The Palestinian people, it added, will confront the US moves regarding Jerusalem through a comprehensive national escalation along the return encampments spread along the eastern Gaza border. They also called upon Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and abroad to take part in the Great March protests.

In conclusion, the factions’ committee asked people around the world to boycott the Israeli occupation authorities in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Read: UNRWA, the US Embassy move and the Israeli occupation

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