Ã¢??The strike was ordered late Tuesday, March 14, during emergency talks in the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s raid on the Jericho jail to arrest the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Saadat.
“The Palestinian factions called during an emergency meeting for a general strike across the Palestinian territories to condemn the seizure of Saadat, the Israeli aggression and the killing of Palestinians,” a delegate said.
Two Palestinian security guards were killed and 26 others wounded, five of them critically in the Israeli assault of the Jericho jail in a bid to capture Saadat, four other PFLP members and wanted Fatah member Fuad Shubaki.
Israel holds the five PFLP members accused by the Jewish state of being responsible for the killing of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001. The PFLP claimed the assassination, saying it was to avenge the assassination of Saadat’s predecessor in October 2001.
Saadat surrendered to the occupation troops after the day-long siege, which began just minutes after British and US monitors at the jail withdrew.Ã¢?Â
Ã¢??Sadaat has been held since 2001 under a deal brokered by the late Yasser Arafat. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the killing of the Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi that year.
Under the deal, Sadaat was to be guarded by US and British forces. Those forces this morning abandoned their posts, citing “security concerns”, as the Israeli army approached.Ã¢?Â
And the world watches…
“International observers” at a press conference for “Israeli Peace” as they pass by the “Jericho jail.”