Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings (Alternative Information Center - AIC): Thayer received his BA degree in International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and graduated in June of 2011. After graduation, Thayer worked as a research assistant on human rights at an international development consulting firm, Williamsworks. He also contributed regularly to Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle, and interned in South Africa. After his fellowship Thayer wrote: “My fellowship with the AIC has exposed me to the application of grassroots organizing and information dissemination. AIC's advocacy work is natural, extremely well connected and morally honed. I have had the opportunity to utilize the AIC's network and reputation in order to deepen my understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and develop my writing skills. The broad issues and experiences I have encountered through my fellowship will have lasting impressions on my continuing work on Palestinian human rights issues.”


29 Aug

In February 1988 the United National Leadership of the Uprising called upon Palestinians to boycott taxes. The West Bank town of Beit Sahour (where I currently work) emerged as a leader in the tax revolt that continued through the 1st Intifada, or uprising, of 1987-1993.

‘Sahouries’, as they are referred to colloquially, consistently refused to pay taxes setting a model for other Palestinians to follow. Largely because of their actions during the tax revolt, Sahouries are reputed for initiating brave and creative acts of civil disobedience.

The tax revolt was the most prominent of Beit Sahour’s defining moments. In future posts, I hope to expand on Beit Sahour’s unique history in the Palestinian consciousness and address the current implications of that heritage.


Doors in Beit Sahour. Photo Credit: Berenice Brüggemann
Doors in Beit Sahour. Photo Credit: Berenice Brüggemann


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Posted By Thayer Hastings

Posted Aug 29th, 2012