This book examines the changes in the West Bank during the post-Salaam Fayyad years. The author follows in great detail the case of the construction of the city of Rawabi in the West Bank. Rawabi, a housing complex founded near the city of Ramallah by the Palestinian entrepreneur Bashar Masri, is explored by the author as a case study to illustrate how private capital has increased the dependency of the Palestinian West Bank characterized by a settler–colonialist condition. This condition is not, regrettably, illustrated sufficiently or adequately here. The book documents very meticulously the emergence of this urbanized zone and how private capital restructured the public sector and subordinated the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the institutions of the occupying Israeli power.

The author views the emerging city of Rawabi as a political–economic project occurring within a process of a Palestinian “state-building” endeavor that was envisaged, very naively as it turned...

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