Israel has been brought to a standstill by a "historic" general strike, as anger and unrest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to weaken the judiciary peaked.
Nurses, airport workers and many more have reduced their hours or walked out.
The initial strike action was called by Histadrut, Israel's largest trade union federation, and has been joined or supported by workers in multiple sectors.
The federation said critical services such as hospitals, firefighters and the electric company would operate on a Saturday schedule. Food establishments and day care centers will operate as usual and public transportation will continue to run.
“Actions that could endanger human life and the security of the country will not be taken,” Histadrut added.
“Stop this judicial process before it is too late,” the federation's leader Arnon Bar-David said, addressing Netanyahu directly as he called the strike.
- Government: Employees at the local level walked out in cities across Israel, as did public sector workers in national ministries, according to Histadrut.
- Health care: Nurses will walk out Tuesday, in a move announced by the Israeli Nurses Association. Dozens of hospitals and medical centers have joined the strike.
- Finance: Israel's central bank and its stock exchange are among the organizations striking, Histadrut said, along with several individual banks.
- Transport: Israel’s main airport, Ben Gurion Tel Aviv, announced an immediate halt to all take-offs on Monday. They resumed a few hours later. Workers at Israel's ports are also on strike, as are railway workers.
- Education: Universities were one of the first sectors to announce a strike, with facilities across the country closed.
- Culture: Museums have closed their doors, as have private entertainment companies like the Israel Film Industry Association, according Histadrut.
- Retail: The Azrieli Group, a chain of shopping malls, has closed its doors.
- Restaurants: McDonald's is closing all its restaurants across Israel, the company said on Monday.