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Abu Libdeh: Rawabi can absorb settlement workers
Published Saturday 23/10/2010 (updated) 30/10/2010 13:16
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- PA National Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh said Saturday that the first planned Palestinian city in Ramallah could be "a real opportunity to absorb Palestinian workers employed in settlements," a statement read.

The Rawabi City project, he said, could provide between 8,000 to 10,000 jobs during the construction period and up to 3,000 jobs in the city itself once complete.

"This will contribute to the flourishing of the Palestinian economy, creating alternatives for Palestinian workers in Israeli settlements, especially as the city is established on supporting national industry," the minister added.

The PA announced a boycott of settlement goods at the beginning of 2010, later saying it would criminalize working in settlements. Officials said they hoped to find alternative jobs for settlement workers by the end 2011, but have been criticized for the short time-frame and lack of alternative work opportunities for those affected.

In October, Israel's environment minister said he would attempt to block Rawabi's construction over concerns for the environment. Abu Libdeh denounced the comments, and said Israel was "trying, through weak excuses, to weaken our national economy.

"Any obstruction to such a project is an obstruction to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state," he added.

He described the project as "very important," providing housing for thousands of Palestinians and said it was carefully planned out with international partners "in contradiction to the illegal and random settlements that do not take into consideration the simplest environmental concerns, when the harmed ones are the Palestinian villages they surround."


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1 ) ronen / israel
23/10/2010 23:22
nice picture

2 ) Arnold / Canada
23/10/2010 23:28
One more reason Ramallah should be the capital city of Palestine.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/10/2010 01:23
You don't seriously think the Israelis will let you build this, do you? If you do, you seriously misunderstand the role Israel intends for Palestinians in her future. It will be (no surprise) the same as the one they have played in the past. Palestinians are to be the defeated foe, eternally ground underfoot, yet by their presence, providing a continued point for national unity. The oppression will never end. Not if it's up to Israel.

4 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
24/10/2010 18:23
3 ) Colin Wrong / USA

The situation will never change if it's up to you !!

All you do is talk & talk

5 ) southparkbear / usa
25/10/2010 02:56
with all those modern buildings, I am having a hard time to locate the check points
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