'US to blame for Palestine poverty' say polls
The most recent economical survey prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali
revealed that 78.6 percent of Palestinians are worried about
their personal security. 80.9% of Palestinians are worried about
the level of subsistence of their families at present.
78.1% evaluated their economic condition as bad. 62.3% are
pessimistic about the improvement of the economic and political
conditions. 62.1% hold the United States, Israel and other donor
countries responsible for the deterioration of the economic
conditions in the Palestinian territories.
The poll, which was conducted by the Palestinian Center for
Public Opinion (PCPO) during the period from October 26th to
November 1st, 2006, and took a random sample of 1,000 respondents
representing the various demographic specimens of the population
in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip over
18 years of age. The most significant finding of the poll Dr.
Kukali, the Director of PCPO, said, is that pessimism is rising
among Palestinians about the possibility of improving the economic
and political conditions.
Dr. Kukali further pointed out that the indications of this
survey should be taken very seriously because they abundantly
show the dreadful extent of the recession that the economic
and living conditions have experienced compared with the outcome
of a poll conducted last year.
This is a clear evidence, Dr. Kukali said, that the Palestiniand
str suffering from an increasingly suffocating economical crisis
due to the dominance of several problems caused by high rates
of unemployment, rise in prices and the non-payment of the salaries
of around 160.000 employees of the public sector for about nine
months so far. This hardship is substantially aggravated by
the halt, or at least the drastic reduction of the financial
assistance provided by the donor countries.
In addition is the refusal of Israel to transfer the tax and
customs revenue due to the Palestinians. Dr. Kukali remarked
that these results should demonstrate to the donor countries,
chiefly the United States, and also Israel, that they should
reconsider their decision and not further escalate the hardships
of the Palestinian people.
The full results of the poll can be read at http://www.pcpo.ps/polls.htm
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