Solidarity visit in Batir village, near Bethlehem, West Bank, November 30, 2012. Israel’s plan to construct its separation wall across Batir’s lands threatens the ancient system of agriculture traditionally practiced by the farmers of the area.
The route of the barrier is still to be finalized, but if it is built along the valley floor, parallel to the railway, it will cut off Batir from much of its agricultural land, and villagers say it will destroy the way of life they have lived for millennia.
For more than 2,000 years, the village has farmed using a traditional irrigation system that villagers fear will be destroyed if the wall is built. (photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)