Middle East

Sep 13, 2012

Squeezed Palestinians ignite the West Bank

After a long, hot summer, tensions inside the Palestinian West Bank are reaching boiling point. Protests over rising living costs are fuelling wider discontent, writes Nigel O'Connor.

After a long, hot summer, tensions inside the Palestinian West Bank are reaching boiling point. Protests over rising living costs began last Wednesday and have escalated day-by-day with burning tyres and road blocks restricting movement on major arterial roads in scenes that some are comparing to the beginning of the first Palestinian intifada in 1987.

On Monday, 24,000 striking public transport workers joined taxi drivers to close down the West Bank’s major towns, cities and refugee camps. Thousands marched in Hebron, the West Bank’s largest city, with some hurling rocks at policeman from the Palestinian Authority, before being dispersed with tear gas. Nablus also witnessed clashes between demonstrators and police.

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2 thoughts on “Squeezed Palestinians ignite the West Bank

  1. rupert moloch

    A question: are the mainland Chinese involved in any international development projects in the occupied territories?

  2. Kevin Herbert

    Israel is a racist apartheid State…fully supported by both maj0r
    Australian parties…at the US State Department’s insistence no doubt.

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