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Area around Batir provides an ecological corridor. Destroying it by wall or fence construction would be tragic, he added.

He stressed two main points. One is the ecological corridor. It provides animals different climate areas.

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Batir landscape is the other. It's too beautiful and historic to destroy. It's unique and picturesque. It's on a hillside south of Jerusalem.

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Farmland is arranged by traditional terraces. Natural springs irrigate it.

According to engineer Raed Samara:

"The damage that will happen if the wall is built will never be solved. There will be environmental damage." 

"There will be increase in rats and harmful animals. The animals who are living in this area will not be able to move around, such as gazelles."

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Since 2005, villagers waged legal battles. They petitioned Israel's High Court. They did so through through Israeli environmental organizations, Friends of the Earth of Middle East, and Israel's Nature and Parks Authority.

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