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Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Battir: Photo 4

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Until 1949, the picture would have shown much more intensive agriculture, in the latter days because the villagers since the opening of the railroad in 1892 had been taking vegetables to Jerusalem on the early-morning train from Jaffa. The Armistice of 1949 left Battir as part of Jordan. Cut off from their market, many villagers abandoned their terrace plots. What had been the most photographed highland village of Palestine became an isolated place, only partly rescued a few years later when the village's long, steep access road was built so villagers could at least get to Bethlehem by something other than foot and donkey.

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