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South of occupied Jerusalem is Battir, a serene village known for its many orchards, rich history and archaeological significance. It was once a formidable Roman stronghold that witnessed pivotal battles. Despite the village’s association with Bethlehem today (as per post-occupation administrative divisions), it remains a Jerusalem village that is historically linked to the Jerusalem Governorate. Prior to the occupation, the interaction of the people of Battir had mainly been with the city of Jerusalem, where they sold their crops and sought education and health services. In other words, Jerusalem had once been the village’s socioeconomic hub.

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