Oct. 4, 2019
Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream – Patty Nieberg and Yasmin Zaher
The expensive homes scattered on slopes among olive trees in the West Bank village of Turmus Ayya are actually a window into the Palestinian diaspora. The majority of their dwellers are dual American-Palestinian nationals who live in the U.S. for most of the year and treat these houses as their summer home. According to the village’s municipal office, there are 11,000 residents in total; 4,000 are permanent and 7,000 have homes abroad.
The most obvious signs of wealth are the extravagant villas adorned with iron gates and lush gardens, a hallmark sight in Palestinian villages that often indicates someone local who made it big in the city or abroad. (Ha’aretz)
See also Luxury Alongside Poverty in the Palestinian Authority (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)