West Bank Project Unites Former Foes

[Toronto Star] Oakland Ross - Qadoura Musa spent 12 years in Israeli jails on security-related charges. Today Musa is a champion of cooperation with the Israelis. "I have decided to work with the Israelis, rather than fight with them," said Musa, now a grey-haired elder who serves as Palestinian governor of the region around the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Relations are especially good between Musa and Dani Atar, head of the regional council of Gilboa, the neighboring part of Israel. The current focus of both men is a plan to develop a large industrial park on the Palestinian side of the boundary between the West Bank and Israel, a project that could eventually provide jobs for 15,000 Palestinians and 2,000 Israelis. Germany is underwriting the construction of a connecting road as well as preliminary work on the park itself.

2008-12-05 08:00:00

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