In the old city of Hebron, I saw several plaques commemorating projects intended to restore life to the neighborhood. It doesn’t seem to be working in my view – unlike the old cities of Nablus and Jerusalem there were few shops open and even fewer shoppers. One answer is Palestinian government corruption, I heard. I wonder if that is the primary story, or whether there are other explanations as well. For example, if a shopkeeper gets money does he keep his shop in the old city or does he relocate to what he sees as a better location?
Evidence of support – plaques but little else
20 Wednesday Jul 2022