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Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Hebron: Photo 2

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The Old City grew up around the haram and stretches primarily to its west. The main path through it is called in Arabic qusseba, or windpipe, a term whose Arabic name has been corrupted in English as Casbah and taken to mean Old City. Hebronites refer to this neighborhood as Qantara,, or arches; for them, Qusseba refers only to the main street. The camera here is at Ein el Askar, the policeman's spring, which is at the western end of the windpipe. Canvas has been stretched overhead to make a shady roof; below, cheap plastic goods are offered along with traditional ones.

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