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Battir بتير – Ancient Jewish Heritage Site

The illegal Arab settlement of Battir, built on the ruins of Jewish Betar.

The illegal Arab settlement of Battir, built on the ruins of Jewish Betar.
Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90

UNESCO has declared the village of Battir, south of Jerusalem, with its 2000 year old stone terraces and irrigation system, as a World Heritage Site. The Arabs are claiming this as a victory for “Palestine” and calling it a “Palestinian Heritage Site”.

“Battir”, of course, is an Arab bastardization of the original name, “Betar”, best known as Bar-Kochva’s last stronghold against the Romans in the Jewish Revolt, the battle for Jewish re-independence from the invading Roman Empire, 2000 years ago.

It gets better.

The Arab village is built around an ancient site the Arabs call, “Khirbet el-Yahud“. In English that translates into… wait for it… “The ruins of the Jews”.

That’s right.

The Arabs, with their own naming, acknowledge their settlement is illegally occupying land that belongs to the Jewish People.

An ancient city and fortress of the Jews.

The town is also the burial site of the Tanna, Rabbi Elazar HaModai.

As you know, when the ancient terraces and irrigation system were built 2000 years ago, there were no “Palestinians” in the Land of Israel. Just us Jews and the Roman invaders.

The Romans are long gone. We Jews are still here.

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