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Israel general strike ends after four hours

Israel was hit by a brief general strike on Monday that affected hospitals, banks, ports and the country’s main international airport, but which ended after just four hours. The strike shut down all government offices, universities, ports, post offices and the Tel Aviv stock exchange for most of the morning following a dispute over…

Israel faces general strike over government use of contract workers

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court convened on Sunday night in an 11th-hour effort to avert a general strike which would paralyse the country’s main international airport, hospitals, banks and government offices. The National Labour Court went into session shortly before 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) after the powerful Histadrut trade union…