Tanya Habjouqa


Rajah, his wife Raja and their children visiting the site of their new apartment in Rawabi (The Hills), the first Palestinian planned community to be established in the West Bank. The family currently live in East Jerusalem and if they chose to move to Rawabi permanently, under Israeli law, they would lose their access and identity rights, so their purchase is an investment and security in case of unforeseeable changes in the future. They say their favourite part is the balcony, because they can 'breath', as opposed to the overcrowding they say they are forced into in East Jerusalem housing.
Building in Rawabi began in 2010 for what was envisaged to be the eventual home to around 50,000 people but until 2015 it faltered because it hadn't been connected to the Israeli water grid. In March 2015 it was announced that the development would finally be supplied with water and by the autumn of that year the first residents had begun to move in.

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