RAWABI IS THE FIRST TOWN BUILT FOR AFFLUENT PALESTINIANS IN THE WEST BANK.

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“From my windows I can see Jerusalem, Jordan and a settlement,” says Issa Souliman Manoli, 42, a Palestinian businessman currently living in Bethlehem. As a child, he used to play where the Israeli settlement, Har Homa, stands today, but Manoli has not been able to set foot there for seven years. Internal West Bank borders have been shifting since 1967, as Israeli settlements on undeveloped land have tightened their encirclement of Palestinian neighborhoods. Now it’s the Palestinians’ turn to build. Rawabi, the first planned city for affluent Palestinians, will be finished in 2020 and accommodate 40,000 people looking to escape overcrowded housing in West Bank cities. Manoli is one of over 8,000 who have registered to buy homes there, most of which have yet to be built. And though Rawabi’s water supply and connections to other Palestinian areas will be under the exclusive control of the Israeli army, the new city is a statement: Palestinians will be there to stay.

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