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Arab town, both Israeli and Palestinian, divided by shopping

Bartaa, straddling the Green Line, has brought together Palestinians and Israelis in a de facto economic free zone, but with some unable to cash in, the village is still split.
Since the construction of the separation security fence in 2003, a kind of unplanned free trade zone has developed in Bartaa. The town is divided only by a small bridge over a tiny wadi and getting from one side to the other is simple and easy. On the Palestinian side of the village sits a huge market, which Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, reach by a quick turnoff from Route 65.

By Tali Heruti-Sover, Haaretz


The Arab village of Bartaa, on the outskirts of Wadi Ara, lies halfway inside Israel proper and halfway over the Green Line. But the town is really remarkable for the economic boom it has undergone recently. And

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Added: Feb-1-2012 Occurred On: Feb-1-2012
By: aydeo
Other Middle East
Tags: Arab town, Israeli, Palestinian, shopping
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