Palestine and COVID-19: Global Standards, Local Constraints

Policy brief

Tartir, Alaa & Yara Hawari (2020) Palestine and COVID-19: Global Standards, Local Constraints, MidEast Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.

Although the Palestinian authorities followed a set of global standards and procedures to tackle the pandemic, they had to manoeuvre within severe constraints: weak health infrastructure, a fragile financial situation for the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the political ramifications of the Israeli military occupation – particularly the imminent threat of annexation of major parts of the West Bank. The COVID-19 response yielded a strengthening in the perceived legitimacy and popularity of the Palestinian government, but this is very likely to be short-lived.

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