Ramallah construction boom threatens city's architectural heritage

The West Bank city is busily razing older buildings in favour of new apartments and malls. But is the city losing more than it gains? Walk down the streets of Ramallah on any given weekday, and the call to prayer from the city’s mosques is likely to be drowned out by the sound of construction, while dust from newly dug foundations always seems to find its way into homes. The de-facto capital of Palestine – situated an hour north of Jerusalem – is experiencing a construction boom bigger than in any other city in the West Bank. Continue reading...