November 7, 2021

Welcome to Rawabi, a Palestinian Ghost Town Attracting Thousands of Visitors

categories : finance & economytourism

Just over a decade ago, ground was broken on Rawabi – which was billed as a game-changer in the West Bank. A visit to the hilltop city is a confusing experience, though, with a lively center contrasting with empty neighborhoods

It is impossible not to notice the 10 large Palestinian flags flying over Rawabi as you approach this new West Bank city – the first such development in modern times.

Rawabi markets itself as a unifier of Palestinian interests and an actionable road map for statehood, replacing the grandiose promise-making of traditional leadership with literal facts on the ground. It also positions itself as a liberal and innovative island: home to a high-tech hub to bolster Palestinian ventures; a church and mosque to ensure religious equality for all Palestinian citizens; and the only Cambridge-certified English academy in the West Bank.


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