The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #153638   Message #3603227
Posted By: bobad
20-Feb-14 - 11:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'
Subject: RE: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'
"As often as not, the actions that most effectively advance the goal of peaceful coexistence are taken by people who would never think to refer to themselves as peace activists. A new planned city called Rawabi [Hills] is going up in the West Bank. A Palestinian company called Massar International is building it with the approval and cooperation of Israel. The first 600 Palestinian families are scheduled to move in this summer. Phase one will represent a private investment of one billion US dollars in Palestine and will house 25,000 Palestinians in what will be the largest construction project in recorded Palestinian history.

Bashar Al-Masri is the managing director of Rawabi. Speaking about buying supplies in Israel he said, "It makes no difference to us if the company is Israeli, Italian or German.. It is a mistake to separate our economy from Israel's. Projects like this bring our peoples closer together: Israelis come to the site, they are exposed to Palestinians, and they realize there's no risk in coming here. There is a sense of comfort."

In Rawabi, the brand-new Palestinian city, both sides win