Despite being hemmed in by illegal Israeli settlements, the city of Salfit has managed to become something of a Palestinian success story. This small city is home to Al Quds Open University campus, a hospital, a lively high street and a community learning centre complete with library.
It is a large administrative and commercial centre for many surrounding villages in the central West Bank. To the east is an industrial zone which cuts marble and stone, while other industries also operate in the area. Salfit is also the West Bank’s largest olive oil producer, making 1,500 tons annually.
Salfit is perhaps best known for its ‘green revolution’; the move to cultivate much land for agricultural purposes, providing fruit and vegetables to the surrounding villages and towns.
Population: 8,796 (2007)