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Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Battir: Photo 3

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The camera takes in more of the irrigated valley. The water in the pool is measured in the morning and divided each day among the landowners who are traditionally entitled to the water on that day of the week. A few years ago, the channel that brought water from the spring, in the right background, was replaced by a pipe. (Engineers often seem to think that efficiency justifies anything.) Above the pool and obscured by trees is a school operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, still serving Palestinians after all these years. Farther up the hill, there is much new construction of the utilitarian sort built across the West Bank since the Jordanian period.

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