Palestine needs freedom, not pipedream cities

Palestine Center Brief No. 335 (December 10, 2019)

By Mohamed Mohamed

“On Sunday, December 8, the American media outlet CBS aired a report on its ’60 Minutes’ segment, which is one of the oldest news programs in America. The topic of this program was about Rawabi, which is described as Palestine’s first planned city, one that could serve as an ‘example’ of what a Palestinian state could look like.


To the average observer, the development of Rawabi sounds like a positive achievement. It implies that even under Israeli occupation, Palestinians can build and thrive economically. In other (condescending) words, Israel is not responsible for the economic stagnation of Palestine’s economy. If only Palestinians would get their act together, they would be able to improve their situation.


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This article originally appeared in Mondoweiss.

Mohamed Mohamed is the Executive Director of the Palestine Center. 

The views in this brief are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Jerusalem Fund.