PA has created ‘atmosphere of hysteria’, activists say
A recent poll has found that 63.8 percent of youth in the West Bank and Gaza would rather maintain the Palestinian Authority than dissolve it. Analysts and political activists, however, believe the figure does not reflect the reality on the ground.
The survey, conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, in cooperation with the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung foundation, also found that 49.6 percent of youth said the PA's performance was generally good.
Conducted between September 28 and October 1, 2016, the sample surveyed 1,000 Palestinian youth ranging from 15 to 29 years old.
Analysts say the falling popularity of the PA, a semi-governmental body that administers the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has caused them to question the accuracy of the poll and to highlight the importance of the responses in the current social and political environment.