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Posted on Feb, 12, 2013
Contributed to WCHV by WCHV

Batir“Battir” seeks World Heritage Recognition

A small village in the West Bank which contains ancient Roman ruins including Roman irrigation system is the subject of one of the recent requests to the UNESCO.  The Palestinian authority has sent a formal request to the UNESCO following the World Heritage listing of the Church of Nativity in June 2012 for the Battir village to be recognized and listed as a World Heritage site.  Even though the village is in the Palestinian West Bank, the slopes across from Battir are in Israel and Israel has been planning to build a security wall which will cut through the village and therefore has caused major concerns for the many families and farmers living in the village who rely on small farming along the ancient roman terraces.

For more info: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/world/middleeast/palestinian-village-tries-to-protect-landmark.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0



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