'The majority of protesters oppose all acts of vandalism or arson'
People took to the streets several days ago, when the prices of food and gasoline began to increase. Overall, protesters are peaceful, holding placards and asking for decreases in prices. Many are now no longer capable of feeding their families.On Thursday, about 300 people of all ages protested in downtown Bethlehem, on al-Madbasa street. More protests continued through the night, bringing out even more people than during the day. Tires were burned, and most of the streets of the city were closed. But the large majority of protesters who went out in the streets during the day were opposed to acts of vandalism or arson. On Friday morning, young Palestinians cleaned up the streets.
'In one week, the price of gas increased by 12%'
The protests started ten days ago, but a Facebook group entitled “Young people against price increases” has gained popularity over the last two or three months. And it’s not the first time we protest about this.The protesters are calling for the abrogation of the Paris Protocol and the Oslo Accords, to which the Protocol is annexed, as well as the resignation of certain political leaders.The protesters also want the government to focus on social security programs, implement controls on market prices, and otherwise regulate prices as necessary. These demands are a reaction to the increase in the prices of fruits, vegetables, gasoline, eggs, milk, and other basic products. For instance, since September 1, the price of gas increased by 12 percent, the price of gasoline increased by 6.12 percent, and the price of diesel increased by 2.9 percent.Our political and economic situation is very difficult, and we suffer enormously from the Israeli occupation. Palestinians are losing hope with each passing day. I believe that the protest movement is also linked to this morale problem, and that, generally speaking, it will not go away as long as Palestinians do not regain some hope and dignity in their daily lives.