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West Bank public sector on partial strike this week

Jan. 7, 2013 4:38 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 8, 2013 12:23 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Over two days this week, West Bank civil servants will work half days as part of a strike against salary delays that will be upped next week, their union said Monday.

On Wednesday and Thursday, government employees will stop work at midday, union chief Bassam Zakarneh said.

Next Tuesday they picket the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah and governors’ offices in all West Bank districts between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Then the following two days will be full strikes, he said.

Zakarneh said the strike action would be a protest of Israel's seizure of tax revenues since December, and a call to Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority government to resolve the financial crisis.

The Western-backed PA has struggled with falling international donations and domestic revenues, and has had to delay payments to its 153,000 public sector workers several times this year.

Since early December, Israel has withheld around $100 million in monthly tax revenue it collects on behalf of the PA as punishment for the UN's acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state.
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