Tlaib's Palestinian village is thriving, but she is in
By: Akiva Bigman
Outlet: Israel Hayom
Date: August 21, 2019
What is it really like to live in the Palestinian village
Beit-Ur al-Fauqa, where Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother and other family
members live? Are conditions there as bad as she has claimed?
If you look at the Facebook profiles of people who actually
live there, you will discover that things are actually not bad at all.
Achiam Tlaib, for example, drives a brand new BMW. On his
Facebook account, you can see that his family lives in a very comfortable
Raja Tlaib shared on his Facebook account pictures of
himself posing next to his new Mercedes, wearing an expensive suit. He also has
pictures showing him working out in a gym that has the latest equipment.
Mawaid Tlaib uploaded pictures of his vacations in Italy
and other places, and Anas Tlaib has a very expensive Mercedes.
Samach Tlaib drives a BMW and Niaf Tlaib drives a Corvette
convertible and uploaded pictures posing next to his new home under
construction, also with three stories.
Many of them also have pictures showing them visiting
places inside the Green Line (pre-1967 Israel): Jaffa, Acre, Tel Aviv and so on.
So perhaps all those checkpoints that supposedly make Palestinian life so
miserable are just a myth?
In fact, even the World Bank said in 2014 that the village
is one of the richest in the region. The poverty rate in the village stood at
7.4 % in 2014, compared to the overall rate of 21% in the Palestinian Authority.
Only a handful of villages have a lower poverty rate in the
PA and employment in the village is also among the lowest in the PA. But perhaps
the most important statistic is this: The rate of social mobility in Beit-Ur al-Fauqa
is among the highest in the PA.
According to a 2017 PA report on the quality of life of
Palestinians, the village has 230 households.
The report says that 215 structures are considered private
residences and four of them are actually single-family homes, attesting to their
More than 115 of the households are in apartments that have
5 bedrooms or more, and 65 of the households have four bedrooms.
And of course, all the structures are privately owned.
According to the report, almost every home has satellite TV, and most have LCD
screens in their living rooms. Almost everyone in the village has access to the
internet and a mobile phone. Half of the families own a car.
Is everything perfect? No, and the security situation in
Judea and Samaria obviously has its drawbacks. The checkpoints placed by the
Israel Defense Forces to prevent terrorist attacks mean that the population's
potential is not fully tapped.
But if this is what occupation looks like, perhaps Tlaib
and her radical friends got it all wrong?