Israel's Arabs stage general strike to protest police violence

January 20, 2015 12:18 PM

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RAHAT, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's large Arab minority closed shops and schools from the northern Galilee to the southern Negev desert on Tuesday as part of a day-long strike to protest against the death of two Arab men in incidents involving Israeli police.

Sami al-Jaar, 20, was shot dead by officers during a drugs raid which triggered protests in the southern town of Rahat on Thursday. Police have not said why Jaar, who was unarmed, was shot, other than that he took part in "riots".

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