Palestinians have staged a general strike across the West Bank in solidarity with Arab citizens of Israel over a contentious law that defines Israel as a Jewish state.
The streets of Ramallah and other West Bank cities were largely empty on Monday as schools, universities, government offices and private business were closed. Public transportation was also unavailable.
For the Palestinians, the strike is a rare foray into domestic Israeli politics. Critics of Israel‘s Jewish nation state law, passed last month, say it sidelines Israel‘s non-Jewish citizens.
Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence defined the country as a Jewish and democratic state.
The government said the new law merely enshrines Israel‘s existing character, but critics say it undercuts Israel‘s democratic values and marginalises the Arab minority, about 20% of the population.