Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Bethlehem: Photo 8
Bethlehem also has a large modern oil-pressing mill as well as the ruins of old stone ones. Here is an intermediate technology in a small mill in the neighboring village of Beit Jala. The mill is in a small building adjoining a mansion built by a family whose sons had moved to Chile and prospered. The fortune was dissipated, but the mansion and press survive. Here, the olives have been neatly stacked on disc-like mats. The stack will be compressed as a hydraulic plunger rises from the floor.
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