Rami Hamdallah 370.
(photo credit: Emuni University)
Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated in Nablus on Saturday against the economic policies of the Palestinian Authority government headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
The protest was the first of its kind against the Hamdallah government, which was appointed earlier this month.
The demonstrators protested against the high cost of living and called on the government to subsidize basic goods.
Carrying placards reading, “No to raising prices” and “Don’t force us to emigrate,” the demonstrators also called on the Hamdallah government to reduce prices and taxes and cancel the 1994 Paris Protocol, which is the framework establishing the interim-period economic relations between the PA and Israel.
The protesters chanted slogans urging Hamdallah to take immediate measures to ease economic hardships in the West Bank.
Khaled Mansour, one of the organizers of the demonstration, called on Hamdallah to cancel a recent decision to raise the value-added tax, and to subsidize basic goods.
He said that the protesters were worried about Hamdallah’s statement that the new government would pursue the same economic policy of the former government.
The demonstrators said that they are planning to continue their protest until the government accepts their demands. They called on Palestinians in other West Bank cities to stage similar demonstrations in the coming days.
The last Palestinian economic protests erupted in the West Bank in September 2012. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of then-prime minister Salam Fayyad.