Locals say the plans by new settlers, protected by the Israeli army, pose a major threat to the ecological landscape of the area…
To seed librarian Vivien Sansour, seeds are living beings, and to see heirloom seeds disappearing is a human tragedy.
Hiking in the West Bank is bittersweet because its beauty threatened by Israel; Guardian; Jalal Abukhater
Israeli settlements and checkpoints are encroaching on the only escape from harsh reality available to Palestinians, says Jerusalem writer Jalal Abukhater…
‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site; Yuval Abraham; 972 Magazine
Palestinians in the agricultural village of Battir, in the occupied West Bank, are increasingly encountering armed settlers who are trying to push them off their land.
Battle rages over Israel’s plan for industrial zone in unique West Bank landscape; Rina Bassist; Al Monitor
Environmental and anti-occupation activists are campaigning against plans to establish an industrial zone near the settlement town Beitar illit, a project they say threatens traditional agriculture and a world heritage site.
A decade in review: the moments that shaped the past 10 years in Israel/Palestine; Yumna Patel; Mondoweiss
Mondoweiss looks back at the past decade and the moments that shaped history in Palestine and Israel.
Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir; Gary; Everything Everywhere
From the World Heritage inscription:
Battir is a major Palestinian cultural landscape, the adaptation of a deep valley system for agricultural purposes as a result of a good supply of water. The complex irrigation system of this water supply has led to the creation of dry walls terraces which may have been exploited since antiquity. The agricultural terraces, exploiting this irrigation system, were the basis for a strong presence of agriculture through the cultivation of olives and vegetables. The area still today has the same use.
The water distribution system used by the families of Battir is a testament to an ancient egalitarian distribution system that delivers water to the terraced agricultural land based on a simple mathematical calculation and a clear time-managed rotation scheme.
The village of Battir is not far from Jerusalem and is right on the Israel/Palestine border. In fact, there are Israeli train tracks which go right past the terraces at the bottom of the hill.
I could not find any organized tours to Battir, which was a shame.