Strikes and Protests in Beit Ommar
A number of strikes and protests took place in Beit Ommar on Monday, 10th September. Starting at 6:00AM, cars were parked in a number of squares in the town, blocking the roads to traffic. A demonstration took place at the entrance to the village, where the road was closed off, blocked with cars and burning tires. Demonstrators congregated to protest the hardship caused by recent price increases and continued non-payment of public sector workers, declaring that they “are not chickens who lay eggs every day”.
In other acts of protest,, the market in Beit Ommar was closed for three hours and students are not attending school today.
A further demonstration is planned this afternoon, targeted at the government representatives in the municipality building in Beit Ommar.
Dissent against the PA has been snowballing in recent days, with protests affecting key cities in the West Bank, such as Ramallah and Hebron. A number of people have also attempted self-immolation in recent days, following the death of Mohamed abu Nada, an eighteen year old Gazan who set himself on fire in protest last week.
The dependence of the Palestinian economy on foreign aid, as well as Israel’s reluctance to pass on collected tax revenue, have contributed to an economic crisis in Palestine which is causing hardship across the country.