Palestinians Use Perks to Counter Settlers

(Reuters) Palestinians are offering financial perks, including rent-free accommodation, to lure Hebron Arabs back to the city's centuries-old casbah. Worried that the slow drain of residents from the old quarter could loosen their hold on Hebron, one local charity says it has moved 2,500 Palestinians into the casbah in the past decade, more than tripling the Palestinian population there. The Palestinian Authority offers free water and electricity to returning casbah residents and exempts them from taxes.

2004-10-08 00:00:00

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