West Bank witnesses tension due to price hikes in month of Ramadan

[ PIC 10/07/2013 – 04:07 PM ]


WEST BANK, (PIC)– The West Bank is witnessing state of tension due to the low salaries and price hikes especially with the month of Ramadan.

Munther Sabha, a West Bank resident, told PIC’s correspondent that the preparations for the month of Ramadan have turned into economic burden due to the price hikes. “Every year the purchasing power decreases while the salaries are the same”, he said.

The economic researcher Munir al-Kuni said: “The citizen is paying the bill of the government’s economic policies; which include the increase of the value-added tax (VAT) without offering tax exemptions for commodities for the poor.”

The street has been witnessing a state of tension because of the high rates of unemployment, the low wages, the high prices and the absence of policies protecting people on low-income.

For its part; the Consumer Protection Association has criticized the absence of effective control in the markets of the West Bank, and which resulted in increasing the prices and sale of expired goods which puts at risk the health of the consumer

The poor people are the most affected by the successive policies of the Government of Ramallah, as the charitable activities have been affected by the security policy and the closure of many charitable societies in the West Bank.


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