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The tax revolt in Beit Sahour

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

During the Intifadah the inhabitants of Beit Sahour refused to pay taxes to the occupation authorities. They were not prepared to pay the occupier as long as they did not receive services. “No taxation without representation” was their slogan. Some of them were even put into prison. In many cases the army entered the homes to take away the belongings of those who refused to pay. One woman saw all her furniture and household equipments carried away. At last she stood alone in the house. When the room was almost empty and the soldiers wanted to leave, she called them back, saying: “Please don’t go away. You forgot something. Take my curtains too!” The soldiers left without dignity.

Arab Educational Institute, Moral Stories from Palestine. Culture and Palestine Series, Bethlehem 1999. For more information: aei@p-ol.com

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