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WATCH: A tour of Jerusalem's ancient Silwan Pool

Sept. 10, 2010 5:04 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2010 11:50 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Abu Moussa was born in Silwan, once a village on a fertile valley, and established before the city of Jerusalem.

The village was founded around a spring, which the founding tribe, known as the Yabousites, dug into a stream with a collecting pool. The water from the spring, known as Ayin Silwan, was used to irrigate crops in the area, and later used by the Canaanites.

Now considered a neighborhood of East Jerusalem, 88 homes in Silwan are threatened with demolition under an Israeli government plan to create a park in the valley.

Residents and a city planner joined forces and created an alternative development scheme based on the spring, which would be rehabilitated as a central promenade at the bottom of the green valley.

Filmed as part of a series by Ma'an Network, Abu Mussa appeared in September's Hay Baladna (This is Our Country) program, broadcast on MIX satellite, the only Palestinian television station in Israel.

The story of Abu Moussa and images from the Silwan Spring were beamed out to Palestinians across the Middle East during the month of Ramadan.
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