Theme Week Palestine – Beitunia

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Water tower © Abutoum

Water tower © Abutoum

Beitunia is a city located 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) west of Ramallah and 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) north of Jerusalem. The city is in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate in the central West Bank. The city has a population of 25,000, making it the third largest locality in its governorate after al-Bireh and Ramallah.

In 1883, the Palestine Exploration Fund‘s Survey of Western Palestine described Beitunia as “A good-sized village of stone, surrounded by olives, standing high on a flat rocky ridge, with a plain to the east. To the east are cisterns, wine presses, and a pond (el Baliia), which contains water in winter. On the north and east are rock-cut tombs with well-cut entrances, but blocked up.” In 1896 the population of Betunja was estimated to be about 1,056 persons.

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Beitunia’s land area consists of 2, 617.4 hectares (26,174 dunams) of which 336.2 hectares is built-up area. The Israeli West Bank barrier separates the urban area from 66% of the town’s lands, however, most of the cut-off territory (Seam Zone) is made-up of forest and open spaces making it prime agricultural and grazing land.

Salah El-Dein Mosque is located to the west of the city and was established in 2002. It is named related to the old Muslim leader Salah Al-Dein Al-Ayoubi. It is considered one of the main mosques in the area. It consists of 3 floors and has a capacity for approximately 500 persons.

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