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Israeli diplomatic missions in Switzerland join strike against judicial reform

Israeli diplomatic missions in Switzerland join strike against judicial reform
Israel's embassy in Switzerland, mission to UN in Geneva suspend their consular services until further notice

By Burak Bir

LONDON (AA) - Israeli diplomats in Switzerland decided Monday to join a general strike to protest plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to overhaul the judicial system.

In response to call by the Histadrut, Israel's General Federation of Labour, Israel's embassy in Switzerland has suspended its services.

"Following general strike instructions from Israeli Labor union, the embassy’s consular services are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding," the embassy said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Israeli mission to the UN in Geneva released a statement saying they are also taking part in the strike action.

"The Permanent Mission of Israel will remain closed until further notice and no consular services will be provided," it said in a statement.

Histadrut has called on all government employees, including those at Israel’s diplomatic missions around the world, to go on strike.

Following months-long protests against Israel's judicial overhaul, Netanyahu early Monday announced a delay to the controversial plans for judicial reform.

The reform plans have been decried by the opposition as a "power grab" in favor of the executive authority.

source: News Feed
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