Palestinians in historic town face Israeli gentrification threat

Palestinians say the neglect of the 'jewel in the crown' of an ancient port is a symbol of how they are being squeezed out as rich Israelis and tourists move in.

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    Some say its an architectural "jewel in the crown" of an ancient port in Israel. But the Khan al-Umdan - in the old city of Acre - has been neglected to the point of near collapse.

    Despite the gentrification of Acre and the money being lavished on the city, Khan al-Umdan is a crumbling shell, ruled too dangerous to enter.

    Palestinians say the 18th-century centre for sailors is a symbol of how they are being squeezed out as rich Israelis and tourists move in.

    Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from Acre.


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