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Rawabi, newly built Palestinian city welcomes its first settlers


After years of gov’t delays & disputes with Israel over water connection, the 1st Palestinian planned city, with 6,000 housing units, finally opens its gates to West Bank Arab settlers.

By Felice Friedson, The Media Line


Hanadi Abu Zahra turns on the tap in her kitchen and is elated to see the water flowing – something most new residents would take for granted even if they had not just moved into a brand new state-of-the-art apartment in a luxury building located in a development that has been the recipient of massive world-wide attention. But whether or not water would be there when the tap was turned on became symbolic of the challenges that had to be overcome in order for Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city, to transform from one man’s vision to the fulfillment of 40,000 aspirations. Continue Reading »