اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

Dead and injured following airstrike near Tuba Mosque near Khan Younis
Palestine readying to propose Battir for UNESCO protection
Published Friday 01/02/2013 (updated) 14/02/2013 12:42
Font- Font+
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian experts are putting the final touches on Palestine's 2013 submission to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which will propose the ancient Bethlehem village of Battir as a heritage site.

The proposal, which outlines historical, natural, and cultural features of the hillside village, will be submitted by mid-February, the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs official working on UNESCO, Omar Awadallah, told Ma'an.

The committee will vote on whether Battir takes World Heritage status at the June general conference, he said. A Palestinian official delegation will attend the conference.

Palestine was admitted to the UN cultural agency in 2011, and last June UNESCO designated Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity and the nearby pilgrimage route as a World Heritage site.

Battir village, with a population of about 4,500, uses an ancient system of irrigation that has provided fresh water to the community for centuries.

The proposed route of Israel's separation wall will damage the terraces used for irrigation and cut off villagers from their fields and source of income.

Last year, Israel's Haaretz newspaper said an Israeli state agency had opposed the wall route in Battir, the first time an Israeli government body had challenged the wall.

The Nature and Parks Authority said the wall will also lead to the extinction of wild animals by inhibiting their movement.
Print
1 ) Lynx / Palestine
01/02/2013 10:33
Long live Palestine and its treasures of culture and historical marvels.

2 ) who built those terraces? / when
01/02/2013 12:23
what was the name of the PALESTINIAN PRIMINSTER at the time? what was the capital of Palestine when the village of Battir was erected? very interesting

3 ) Lynx / Palestine
01/02/2013 16:10
#2 Who built the Dome of the Rock, the most famous portrait of Jerusalem? It was certainly not Zionists! You are jealous with furor and rage, that the proud history of this land transcends your limited, racist, revisionist-Jewish, Zionist GARBAGE. Drop dead.

4 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
01/02/2013 16:18
Battir's unique irrigation system was constructed under the Romans, but traces of human presence dates from the Bronze Age.

5 ) southparkbear / usa
01/02/2013 16:23
not really #2, more interesting is the fact that the area is prime for a good settlement

6 ) Carlos / usa
01/02/2013 18:36
What is really interesting is how long Arabs have been in Palestine. For example Herod the Great was an Arab who converted to Judaism. Since being an Arab is not a religious thing he was an Arab and a Judean/israeli. An Arab built the 2nd temple, the great Jewish temple of the wailing wall!

7 ) EE / UK
01/02/2013 20:28
So who did build it - Fatah or Hamas?

8 ) ian / australia
02/02/2013 07:29
#2 "who built those terraces? / when..." Interesting questions anonymous Zionist troll. If the irrigation is Roman, and Battir is ancient Beitar, scene of the last stand of the Bar Kokhba revolt, then the capital may well have been Aelia Capitolina (the Roman city built on the ruins of Jerusalem) and the ruler of the region, Hadrian...events from the "Palestinian" past, modern Palestinians obviously descending from the people living there then (who for obvious reasons weren't muslims yet.)

9 ) ian / australia
02/02/2013 07:33
#3 I agree with Lynx, esp. about Jerusalem. What's there that's actually Jewish? It's an overwhelmingly Islamic city. Dome of the Rock, Aqsa mosque, Mosque of Omar, Suleiman's wall, Ottoman building everywhere. The Jewish bits tend to be a few piles of rocks here and there...like the "Broad Wall" or bogus City of David excavated in Palestinian Silwan. Even the Western Wall is only Herodian for a few courses of stone, the rest built by Muslims years later! And what's not Muslim, is Christian,

10 ) ian / australia
02/02/2013 07:37
(contd.) like the 4th century Holy Sepulchre church (!) but overwhelmingly, Al-Quds is a beautiful muslim city!

11 ) ian / australia
02/02/2013 07:39
#5 What a truly awful thought spb. Beautiful Battir, all green and peaceful like the Garden of Eden, with 2000-year-old functioning Roman irrigation terraces replaced by a butt-ugly Jewish settlement with SUVs and a mall.

12 ) ian / australia
02/02/2013 08:22
For an Israeli perspective, there's an article by Benny Morris at The Daily Beast ("Beitar's Legacy") which ends with the suggestion that Israel (sic) ISRAEL submit Battir (ancient Beitar) to UNESCO for recognition as a significant JEWISH World Heritage Site, raising the question is there no end to the egotism, arrogance and greed of some people.

13 ) amin hussini / Iceland
02/02/2013 09:16
#5, one day the original people of the land of palestine are going to return to thier villages in akka and yafa, the strang odd looking outsiders from America, Europe and Russia have to go back where they came from. THIS LAND is palestiniaN

14 ) Jack Shear / US
02/02/2013 09:24
The area really looks good for building a family-owned apartment community. I'm in the process of checking Israeli real estate invetment houses to see if there are opportunities for syndicated investments. Pretty vistas close to large Jewish towns. Good investment!

15 ) gabi / australia
03/02/2013 02:01
# 2 - Who was the prime minister of Israel at that time?

16 ) gabi / australia
04/02/2013 03:27
#2 - what was the capital of Israel at that time? Who was the prime minister of Israel at that time?
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Massive Attack dedicate Lebanon gig to Gaza children
UEFA halts European club matches in Israel
UNESCO grants Battir endangered heritage status

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014