The finest olive oil produced in Palestine

By EA Lesley

The ‘breadbasket of Bethlehem’ has one of the oldest olive trees in the world and Bilal and his family take pride in harvesting their livelihoods here. Unfortunately, there are new neighbours on this land and the future now looks uncertain.

The Al Makhrour valley is a popular Palestinian hiking area a few kilometres outside of Bethlehem which connects the UNESCO World Heritage site at Battir to the town of Beit Jala. A friend in Bethlehem told us to visit in the late afternoon, just before sunset when the cool breezes and stunning natural scenery would take our breath away. Today when we visit there is no breeze, the midday sun is high in the sky and the air is filled with birdsong and the distant rumble of traffic on Route 60, the main north-south road.

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