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Kufr Aqab

As you head north from Jerusalem to Ramallah, upon crossing Qalandia military checkpoint and passing Qalandia refugee camp, the landscape before you is dominated by high-rise residential buildings. A concrete jungle of massive buildings greets you with innumerable apartments housing thousands of Jerusalemites and lining both sides of the street, with inadequate space between them or suitable infrastructure. It is Jerusalem’s most overcrowded suburb: Kufr Aqab. In reference to how bad the living conditions in it are, some Jerusalemites sarcastically call it “Kufr Ajab” (literally “bizarre”) or “Kufr Iqaab” (“punishment”).

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