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Seeking Palestine, Or At Least A Sack of Flour

by Abby Zimet

Striking taxi drivers have joined thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank who have been protesting the high cost of living, especially fuel prices that have jumped up to 12%. People are blocking traffic, parking bulldozers, banging empty pots and riding donkeys to protest an economic system that suffers at the hands of Israel and Palestinian officials who go along with it.
Demonstrators set fire to an effigy of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, demanding the end of Fayyad’s government and skyrocketing prices. Israeli forces arrested seven protestors.

Some of the slogans from Ramallah protestors:  “We are not egg-laying chickens,” “I can’t fuel my car, so Fayyad can take it,” “No to the government of indignity and hunger,” and “We were looking for Palestine, but now we are looking for a sack of flour.”