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Our position as Palestinians in the interim is terrible. We are surrounded by thuggish people who are taking over the land who are burning the olive fields Who have the law and the means and the army, and everybody in their pocket And the noose is tightening around every Palestinian community, physically. But the good thing is that in spite of everything, the Palestinian community persisted, stayed on the land. Every effort was made to push us out, it didn't happen. Nothing of this moral decay has happened in Palestinian society, it kept itself as one, even under the greats pressure. We are nine brothers here. You know the Israel, they don’t want us to live here. They take many homes down. Maybe today I live in my house, tomorrow no. Look how much they want from me. - just for pee pee. And they don't make for us, we make it. Here as you see we need asphalt. No help. Nobody can help us down here. We will come water down here, the water gets in the houses. Boys down here, they are sick, they are in hospitals. You know the man who got money, he got everything. The other side, no money, what they have? Nothing. There are some people down here they don’t even have something to eat. We pay the taxes to clean, to take rubbish, to take all sewage to clean the sewage tunnels here. You see we pay for everything and they don’t do anything like that. You see this on the Israeli roads? There is something like this? Once something is built quickly, as the settlements are, it's then out. They try to eradicate any remnants of Palestinian life style - terracing. So the cut the hill. But now the Palestinians are doing the same, of course. There are some parts of Rafah, the old Rafah still there a little bit, and all around it is... Very nice old houses. Nice old houses and all the rest is haphazard building and looking like it’s going to fall. So that’s one example of the two types, and the bad way. Rawabi is another bad way, Ram is another bad way, and Saybee is another kind of very foreign housing for Palestinians we never these blocks Building blocks, before, since the settlements, almost anywhere. It wasn’t the way people built. When he goes to the court, he talked about how he didn’t want to break the law and he makes an example about what he feels like as he has cancer and he waits for the death every minute. And he wants that he will have the death one time, as it’s better than waiting for many times. Every neighbourhood has his own situation and if they want to cooperate with each other, they need a budget. They have more cooperation here than Al-Aqabi, because there they are a lot of people, they have less cooperation between each other. They don’t have financial support from any side, not from Israel not from also PA, Palestinian Authority. He would like this area to be high rise building, to serve more to live there in Al-Adesseh They will not have any building in Al-Adesseh before twenty years, because they work on Al-Adesseh from 1998 and until now they didn’t have anything. The freedom of him stops when others’ freedom starts because the problem for Jerusalem is the residency and the buildings. The drive is a purely economic and political drive, it’s a combination. We hired a company by the name of AECOM out of New York, a contract for several million dollars. They designed the town centre 100% while the residential units were designed only to 30%. So I took the 30% design and then contracted it out to my local design firms, hired a lot of young architects, bought equity in these companies so I can control the business a little bit. It’s mainly a business vehicle, and equity business vehicle. Rawabi is a very negative example. It’s a Palestinian new town, and it is promoted as a great victory by Palestinians. The negative of Rawabi is that it is effectively building a settlement. Untypically for village building there are several floors. The issue of us being closer to a settlement model I don’t think that this is a fair diagnosis. What we have tried in this model is to create an orderised sustainable building environment - proper parking proper bicycle tracks, facilities for the disabled, ramps This will be the first city that will have a bicycle path. Imagine how simple that is to all of you in this room. So the government must step in to help with schools, healthcare, post office, police station, and we’re pushing the Palestinian Authority to come forward with this commitment. We signed an agreement with them three years ago. And we are trying to create a continuum, a relationship between the local community, local schools, local universities and us as a developer. It’s exactly the same process as the settlements. The settlements, to a large extent are driven by money and Jewish money from the outside. And people who are involved with settlement projects, as with the wall are making lots of money. Of course the land, is free. So we’re trying to get this notion of bringing responsible citizens to actually take care of their own neighbourhood. So in every city in the Palestinian Authority they let off fireworks, have parties. It’s part of our culture if you know. With the neighbourhood association, you are not allowed to do any of these activities within the neighbourhood. You can use the premises of the cultural centre. You can use the meeting room in the municipality for this purpose and you will get referential rates because you live in the city. Rawabi destroyed the beautiful terraces of the area and so on. They built a new settlement, a Palestinian settlement for those who can afford it. Enriched many people, created a very bad resident, did not fight the right kind of battle. Rawabi is a planned community, it’s a planned city, so are settlements. We find serious differences in that we do not, will not encourage using bricks in our rooftops. We will not have any red bricks on our rooftops. We just want to build, sell and make sure that this is a viable sustainable example. Here is our land, one is about 82 dunam. Three hundred years ago, he paid for the Romans one and seven gold (bars). This is the name of the land, Qhalti-na-Qus - The Bells. This is the date, his address, and it is told that, the name of the land ownership, the man, from Beit Hanina. In the summer, in the fruit seasons, they have a tent and they know the one of their lands very well. And the generation, from one to other, they know the boundary of the land. And they have the tradition of taking care of the land. Grape, fig, apple, lemon, fruit, all kind of food. Do you know when the lands gets ready to build, I think everyone can have his land. They want a planned neighbourhood, not roughly building in Al-Adesseh. They want the roads, the services the infrastructure… Like in Israel About the 40% taken for the public spaces from their own lands. Some parks, maybe they can join the people together. They have a lot of archaeology, and they want to build a museum near the mosque here. Twenty million dollars, to build this building. And the budget is from the… From the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and our Arab brothers. When the Romans were in Palestine, Beit Hanina was not just one village but seven villages. When he has the first building here, they told him, “Why you build here? There is a monster here, and you are far from the Old City” Because there was no building here. But he heard that the buildings will be connected - from Jerusalem to Ramallah - all of them each together. He was hearing from his grandfather, but the first, he was the first one that he built here. Before he built, all of this area, it was green area. Because all of it was trees. Now everything is building here, no trees here.

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Jerusalem 2011 edit

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