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From Al Burj to Khirbet al Maleh
Distance and Time: 4.5km / 2 – 3 hours.
Grade: Moderate / Easy.
The walk starts below Al Burj – a medieval stone tower built to ensure control of this valley during the time of the crusades. From here, a broad track runs across farmed fields before descending into the valley, where it becomes a narrow shepherd’s trail. After around four kilometers, the path emerges at the depleted oasis and Ottoman ruins of Khirbet al Maleh. Below these ruins is a Palestinian village of some 200 people, many of whom are unable to access their traditional grazing and farming land due to the Israeli army’s expropriation of the valley for use as a military firing range.
Wadi Maleh is an exceptionally beautiful landscape, but also a place in which poverty has been sharply exacerbated by the occupation of Palestinian land and the depletion or theft of the water supply. For those who would like to explore these issues in more depth, this hike can be combined with a visit to the Palestinian villages of Bardala and Ein al Beidha, close to the Green Line, where you can meet with local people and learn first-hand about the challenges they face.
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