Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Battir: Photo 6
Water cascades from the chute to the pond. Even though agriculture has declined in the village, the spring and irrigation system are still the village icons. Is there another? A few hundred yards away, behind the spot from which the first few pictures were taken, is a hill known to the villagers as "Khirbet el-Yehud," the ruin of the Jews. It's a hilltop besieged by the Romans in the second century when they finally crushed the last Jewish revolt. Israelis used to visit Battir to see the tragic site, but that was before the Intifada. Now it's a rare thing to see a car here with yellow--Israeli-- licence plates. When you do see one, chances are it belongs to a Palestinian from East Jerusalem.
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