The Palestinian Authority plans to ask the UN to recognise a declaration of independence and statehood. The Arab street may be in favour, but elsewhere opposition is growing
The Chinese-made parking meter on a street in the West Bank city of Ramallah instructed motorists in Arabic and English to “pay here”, warning that surveillance cameras were watching their cars around the clock to catch those flouting the order.
But of the 17 cars parked in the street one day this week, not a single one displayed a ticket. “I actually used to buy a ticket, but I stopped when I realised I was the only one paying,” said one Palestinian motorist who declined to give his name. “I know it’s wrong, but regulations have to have teeth. And if you pay, you need services in return.”