Palestinians Hold General Strike In Protest Of Trump Decision On Jerusalem

Palestinians observed a general strike on Thursday, shuttering businesses and institutions en masse in protest of US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinian national factions released a joint statement shortly after Trump’s announcement on Wednesday calling for a general strike and widespread marches and protests, that as of late Thursday afternoon have seen over 50 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces.

Palestinian universities, schools, and educational institutions also declared a strike after instruction from the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

The Greek Orthodox Church of Bethlehem declared Thursday as a day of mourning and rang bells of the church at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in mourning and condemnation of the decision.

In the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, governor Akram Rjoub said in a speech that “Trump’s decision is just ink on paper, but the faith of Palestinians in Jerusalem is bigger and stronger than the US decision.”


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