A week-long general strike in the israeli-occupied West Bank in protest against the arrest and threatened deportation of Nablus Mayor, Bassam Al-Shaka, ended on Monday (19 November).
A week-long general strike in the israeli-occupied West Bank in protest against the arrest and threatened deportation of Nablus Mayor, Bassam Al-Shaka, ended on Monday (19 November). Mr Shaka was arrested last week after voicing support for a Palestinian guerrilla attack in which thirty-four Israelis were killed last year. The general strike was expected to continue on thursday (22 November) when the Supreme Court in Jerusalem debates Mr Shaka's Case.
SYNOPSIS: At the Anata Refugees Camp, outside East Jerusalem, supporter of the mayor of Nablus, Bassam al-Shaka, demonstrated their anger by setting fire to tyres. But Israeli Army patrols moved in and ordered local residents to clear the roads. In Jerusalem itself, four Arab youths were arrested after smashing the windows of a tourist bus.
In the occupied West Bank, a week-long strike against the arrest of the Nablus mayor continued on Saturday (17 November). Although the strike ended on Monday, several shops here -- in Gaza -- remained closed. Many high school pupils in the West bank refused to attend classes in sympathy with the strike.
In Lebanon, Palestinian leaders expressed their support for the decision by other West bank mayors, who resigned in sympathy with Mayor Bassam al-Shaka. Arab nationalist leader, Georges Habache, speaking at the Arab University in Beirut, condemned the israeli action as an "aggressive and harsh act". His view were echoed by fellow Arab nationalist, Hawatmeh, who called the arrest of the mayor "a Zionist crime". Speakers at the University also condemned the United States for its "imperialistic" policies and for its support of Israel.