Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Battir: Photo 2
Swinging to the right: the pond, fed by the open chute that looks like a stone water slide, stores spring water overnight for use the next day. The bypass road, still visible in the background, was built as a temporary road while a more dramatic one with tunnels and bridges was completed. There is very little traffic on it now, but it is still kept open, with border police making sure that West Bank Palestinians don't use it. It's only a couple of miles from the length of the road shown here to the Jerusalem Mall, with a Burger King and multiplex cinema. For the people of Battir, the distance might as well be measured in parsecs.
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