Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

In September 2012, declining living standards ignited a firestorm of street protests and strikes in the West Bank. The immediate spark was a sharp increase in fuel prices, alongside an increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate. It seems that the protesters had a message for Palestinian Authority (PA) policymakers: It is no longer acceptable to blame all of Palestine’s economic woes on Israeli occupation. Demonstrators were demanding that the PA manage the economy better, the occupation notwithstanding.

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How to cite this article:

Numan Kanafani "The Cost of Living Crisis in the West Bank," Middle East Report 265 (Winter 2012).