Planned Palestinian City in West Bank Faces Hurdles

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Bashar al Masri and Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad at Rawabi. i

Palestinian businessman and real estate developer Bashar al Masri (left) shows the site of Rawabi to Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad, the CEO of Qatari Diar, the real estate investment arm of the Emirate of Qatar. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Bashar al Masri and Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad at Rawabi.

Palestinian businessman and real estate developer Bashar al Masri (left) shows the site of Rawabi to Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad, the CEO of Qatari Diar, the real estate investment arm of the Emirate of Qatar.

Eric Westervelt/NPR

Backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from the government of Qatar, a Palestinian developer is moving aggressively to build the first new Palestinian city in the West Bank in a generation. But the state-of-the-art planned city faces big hurdles, including Israeli military objections and critics who say the West Bank is not ready for such projects.

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