The West Bank city of Nablus, once bleak with armed militia forces controlling the streets, and cut off by Israeli checkpoints, is now brimming with hope and shopping, the checkpoints having been dismantled thanks in part to a U.S. effort to train and support Palestinian police.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad opened a month-long shopping festival on Saturday, marking a fresh start for the commercial hub that is reviving after years of decay.
Nablus residents can now enjoy the spectacle of Palestinian visitors from out of town, including Arab citizens of next-door Israel, spending their money in the newly bustling city. Teens can even go to the cinema for the first time in their life.
Continue reading the inspiring feature story in Reuters.
Read more in an AP story: “Making “economic peace” with the Palestinians is stoking a retail and entertainment boom in the West Bank.”