Palestinian doctors in West Bank strike 

Doctors affiliated with the Palestinian Ministry of Health arrive in a mobile clinic to perform checkups on members of Al-Awawdeh family infected with COVID-19 (Hazem Bader - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  October 31, 2022

Palestinian doctors in the occupied West Bank are going on strike today in protest against an official decision to dissolve their syndicate.

In a statement, the Palestinian Doctors’ Syndicate said that a few doctors would remain at work in emergency units to carry out life-saving operations.

The statement stated that this strike came in protest against a decision by Palestinian President (PA) Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the elected council of the Palestinian Doctors’ Syndicate and appoint a new one without elections.

On Friday, Abbas issued a presidential decree that ordered the formation of the High Judicial Council which will be responsible for all judicial committees and bodies across all PA ministries and authorities. He then appointed himself as head of the council.