Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas last week criticized Palestinian trade unions, among them the doctors’ union, for demanding an increased salary and declaring a strike.

This was not the time to strike, he said, considering the challenges that the Palestinians are facing from coronavirus, the U.S. “Peace to Prosperity” plan and what he called Israel’s financial siege against the P.A.

In a March 1 address that aired on Palestine TV, Abbas went on to praise recent protests in Hebron, Jerusalem and Nablus, saying: “The [women] should be in front at the protests … Seeing the girls beating up a policeman or a soldier really fills my heart with joy. This is how we want our peaceful popular resistance to be. This is our way to vanquish our enemies.”

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