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Four-hour general strike begins in Israel

A general strike got under way in Israel on Monday, shutting down hospitals, banks and the country’s main international airport, but was to last only four hours, Israel’s army radio reported. The decision to let the strike go ahead on a limited basis from 6:00 am (0400 GMT) was taken…

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…