Skip to comments.Palestinian village welcomes Israeli shoppers
Posted on 04/26/2009 4:34:33 PM PDT by SJackson
NABI ELYAS, West Bank, April 26 (Reuters) - Linoy, a five-year-old Israeli girl, happily nibbled some chocolate as she accompanied her parents on a shopping spree on a busy street with storefront signs written in Hebrew.
Nabi Elyas, a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank catering to the Israeli consumer, has raised hopes on both sides of a divide that peaceful co-existence is possible.
Just a short drive from central Israel, the community of 1,500 residents is profiting from an influx of Jewish shoppers drawn by cheap prices and still kept out of the main Palestinian cities by Israeli security regulations.
"Here I even feel safer than I do shopping in Tel Aviv," said Hanan Troitsa, Linoy's father. "We come here two to three times a week," added the girl's mother.
Groceries, furniture and even dental treatment are on offer in Nabi Elyas, which is packed with cars from Israel, especially during weekends. It's not a two-way street: villagers, like most other Palestinians, cannot get Israeli permits to visit Israel.
Security concerns during a Palestinian uprising that began in 2000 kept Israeli shoppers away for years and optimism about the chances for peace has long been in short supply.
But with attacks by militants on Israelis now rare in the West Bank, consumers are venturing back to an area once known as a bargain-hunter's paradise.
"This shows that we can live together. For those who do not believe it they should come here and see," said Jalal Khleif, the mayor of Nabi Elyas.
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How about that.
These shopping excursions were very common prior to Oslo.
It’s awesome to see what a little common sense and Capitalism can accomplish — if the politicians just get out of the way. This is the exception, not the rule, but it doesn’t HAVE to be that way.
And let's cut the "occupied" cr@p.
It's so "occupied" that the schoolchilren there learn about bombs and destroying Israel. (Unless they mean occupied by fanatics.)
Yeah, now that the word is out, it will be a mecca for terrorist nutjobs. [Pun intended]
Note the lack of Palestinian suicide bombers and rabid lunatics calling for the extermination of all Jews...
Now, what would be interesting is a story of what had to be done in order to remove those staples of Palestinian society from that area...
Nabi Elyas, a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank catering to the Israeli consumer, has raised hopes on both sides of a divide that peaceful co-existence is possible.Of course, while Israeli shoppers are enjoying chocolates, they may wind up a terrorism statistic.
Now that it’s in the news, the “politicians” will probably plan a major strike on Israeli shoppers, one that might teach a few of these “collaborators” a lesson. Do we have a betting pool?