Published: 2018-01-23 11:55
Last Updated: 2018-01-23 13:07
Most parts of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem went on general strike on Tuesday to protest the US Vice President, Mike Pence’s visit to the Old City of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
National and Islamic political forces called for the strike as part of nonviolent resistance, that is affecting shops, banks, government offices, businesses and public transportation in several Palestinian cities.
However; hospitals, medical clinics and educational facilities were excluded from the strike.
Pence who was one of the strongest supporters for moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, is expected to visit Al-Buraq Wall in Jerusalem on Tuesday, which is claimed by Israelis to belong to them.
His visit was described by Palestinian political forces as “desecration of Jerusalem and the holy Al-Buraq Wall, the original part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque”, according to WAFA News.
It said that “the general strike is an expression of the anger of the Palestinian people and their rejection of all that our city and national project are facing from the occupation gangs and the settlers with American cover aimed at stealing the history and future of Palestine and our real cause without any regard for international resolutions related to our people, their land and Jerusalem as its capital.”
Additionally, Palestinians went to streets and closed the road that links Ramallah and Birzeit. In Ramallah also, Palestinians blocked the road that leads to Al-Jalazone Refugee Camp to express anger toward Pence’s visit to the Old City of Jerusalem.
In Hebron, clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces in Bab El Zawya.
Earlier on Monday, Pence attended a special Knesset session, where Netanyahu described Trump’s Jerusalem decision as one of the momentous decisions in Zionism’s history.
Pence announced that the US Embassy will open its doors in Jerusalem before the end of 2019 officially.
Pence’s speech was interrupted by Arab MPs who protested against Trump's controversial declaration, as they carried banners say that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine. However, they were taken out of the Knesset.