- Title: Palestinians go on general strike in solidarity with prisoners held in Israel
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF CLOSED SHOPS VARIOUS OF PHOTOS OF PALESTINIAN PRISONERS ON A 'FREEDOM TRAIN' IN RAMALLAH STREET VARIOUS OF SIGN READING IN ARABIC 'FREEDOM AND DIGNITY FOR OUR PRISONERS' BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) MAN IN STREET WITH ALL SHOPS CLOSED CLOSED SHOPS LOCK ON CLOSED SHOP MORE OF STREET HEBRON, WEST BANK (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) STREET WITH CLOSED SHOPS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF HEBRON, ALI AL-ABED, SAYING: "It is a general strike that shuts down all facilities in the West Bank, Gaza, and in the territories of 1948. It is a good step by all shop owners in support with the prisoners." MORE CLOSED SHOPS JERUSALEM (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) STREET OUTSIDE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM CLOSED SHOPS LOCK MAN ON WHEELCHAIR OUTSIDE CLOSED SHOP CAT OUTSIDE CLOSED SHOP VARIOUS OF MEN OUTSIDE CLOSED SHOP
- Embargoed: 5th June 2017 09:35
- Keywords: West Bank general strike prisoners hunger strike Israel Palestinians
- Location: BETHLEHEM, RAMALLAH AND HEBRON, WEST BANK / JERUSALEM
- City: BETHLEHEM, RAMALLAH AND HEBRON, WEST BANK / JERUSALEM
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0036HX5HDZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Palestinians across the West Bank and in East Jerusalem closed all shops in a general strike on Monday (May 22) to show solidarity with hunger striking prisoners held in Israeli jails.
Shops were closed down and locked in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem and in East Jerusalem, in support of Palestinian prisoners who declared a hunger strike last month to demand better conditions in Israeli jails.
The general strike comes hours before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in the region, where he will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Trump has boasted that with his negotiating skills he can bring Israelis and Palestinians together to resolve one of the world's most intractable conflicts and do "the ultimate deal".
But officials on both sides see scant prospects for any major breakthrough in long-stalled peace negotiations during his 24-hour visit on Monday and Tuesday.
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