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Natural spring opened to visitors in Jerusalem, except Palestinians

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Published: 18 October 2019

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Ein Hanya spring, located within Jerusalem's borders, was closed off to Palestinians and patrolled by police for three days during Succot

POLICE ALLOWED A natural spring in southern Jerusalem to be opened to visitors on Tuesday, but on the explicit condition that Palestinians not be allowed to enter the site.

Consequently, the Ein Hanya spring was kept under heavy guard by the police and Border Police, which even closed the road leading to Palestinian towns. Hundreds of Israelis visited the site.

Ein Hanya is one of the largest and most important natural springs in the Jerusalem area. It is within Jerusalem’s municipal borders, but residents of the neighbouring Palestinian village of Al-Walaja regularly visit it. Consequently, it was enjoyed by both Israelis and Palestinians for years before Israel decided to turn it into an official park.

FULL STORY Jerusalem opens natural spring to visitors – unless they’re Palestinian (Haaretz)

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Photo: The Ein Hanya natural spring during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, October 15, 2019 (Emil Salman)

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