Palestinians Stage General Strike in Occupied Palestine over Killing

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Published Sunday, January 18, 2015

Palestinian citizens of Israel staged a general strike in the Negev region on Sunday in protest against the killing of a 22-year-old Palestinian by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday.

IOF shot Sami al-Jaar during clashes between Palestinian protesters and the IOF in the Negev city of Rahat.

The IOF claimed in a statement that two policemen were also injured during the clashes. The IOF was in the city to “pursue criminals,” the statement read.

Sunday's strike was staged after activists called on Palestinian citizens of the Negev and other Palestinian-majority towns in Occupied Palestine to participate in the funeral of 22-year-old Jaar.

Israeli police, for their part, announced the deployment of forces in Rahat in anticipation of clashes with Palestinian citizens following the funeral, according to Israeli radio.

The Israeli army repeatedly use excessive force against peaceful protests across Occupied Palestine, claiming the killings of alleged suspects were “lawful and in self-defense.”

Palestinian citizens of Israel, who account for about 20 percent of the population in Occupied Palestine, are the descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land when the Zionist state was established in 1948. The majority of Palestinians were killed, expelled from their homes, or detained in work camps.

There are about 260,000 Bedouin in Occupied Palestine, mostly living in and around the Negev in the arid south. More than half live in unrecognized villages without utilities and many also live in extreme poverty.

Palestinians with Israeli citizenship complain of routine discrimination, particularly in housing, land access and employment, and anger has risen in recent months over Israel's assault on Gaza that left more than 2,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead. More than 700 Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories were arrested in protests against the attack over summer.

Israeli soldiers assault Palestinians in Nablus

Meanwhile in the West Bank city of Nablus, three Palestinians required treatment at the hospital on Sunday morning after Israeli soldiers attacked a bakery in the city center.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an news agency that Israeli military forces entered the area of Shuhada Square early Sunday and carried out a number of raids on stores in the Anabtawi building.

They also entered the Palestine Bakery located in the same area, and during the raid beat three workers, leaving them bruised.

Nayif Muhammad Ali al-Shami, his brother Jihad al-Shami, and Mohammed Ali Ramadan were later transferred to al-Watani Hospital. They were discharged after receiving treatment.

According to the Palestinian security sources, during the raid on central Nablus, Palestinian youths clashed with the Israeli soldiers in the streets.

362 Gaza detainees deprived of family visits

Israeli authorities have deprived 362 detainees of the Gaza Strip from family visits, a Palestinian NGO said on Saturday.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Center for Studies added in a statement that the 362 detainees are deprived of family visits for months and also years for "unacceptable reasons."

It called on rights groups to convince Israeli authorities to allow the relatives of the detainees to visit them, saying banning family visits is against the law and international treaties.

Israel allows the relatives of Palestinian detainees in its prisons to visit them on a weekly basis.

These visits are, however, banned at times of high tension between Palestinians and Israelis.

There are at least 6,500 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons according to estimates by prisoners rights organization Addameer, including 381 from the Gaza Strip.

(Anadolu, Ma’an, Al-Akhbar)

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