Rawabi - a Palestinian settlement?

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Nov 29 2009 12:56
Rawabi - a Palestinian settlement?

A report in an Israeli newspaper, about the Jewish National Fund helping to plant trees for Palestinians (eek), pointed me to this project:

wikipedia wrote:
Rawabi is the name of a proposed town in the West Bank, Palestine. If built, it will be Palestine's first planned town. The development is linked to a $500m affordable mortgage scheme. 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) northwest of Ramallah, it is planned that Rawabi will have a population of 25,000 people. As of September 2009, Israeli authorities have yet to grant permission to build an access road through West Bank Area C, which they control.

If this plan does go through, do you think that it will result in the same kind of land-grabs from poor surrounding villages that is the usual collateral damage these projects, finally clarifying the class nature of the land struggle? It seems like downright gentrification, though details are a bit sketchy at this time. Anyone else heard of this?