Country Reports

The political economy of the West Bank

An attempt to explain the economic protests in September 2012

Since 2011, West Bank-wide demonstrations have markedly increased. Apartfrom the protest in November 2012 against the latest military escalation in Gaza,demonstrations across the West Bank also took place in March 2011, July andSeptember 2012. Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the PalestinianAuthority, stated at a meeting with Arab League ministers in Cairo in September2012 that “The Palestinian Spring has begun, and we are in line with what thepeople say and what they want”.