JERUSALEM (Feb. 21)
Druze on the Golan Heights continued their general strike, begun eight days ago, with no sign of relenting after negotiations with Defense Ministry officials over the weekend proved fruitless. Following a public rally last night, the strike was tightened. On orders of the Druze clergy, food shops which had been allowed to remain open several hours a day for the benefit of the local population, were shut completely.
The Druze are protesting the arrest of four leaders of their largest clans last week for alleged incitement against Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights.
The four men remained under administrative detention today — meaning that no charges were filed against them. Organizers of the strike said it would continue until they were released. It was uncertain today whether negotiations will be resumed.