Beit Jala at Bethlehem
Also referred to as Bayt Jala
Beit Jala is one of the three towns that forms Greater Bethlehem and has a population in excess of 12,000 – the majority being Christian. It is built on a hill some 930 metres high and was originally surrounded by orchards and vineyards, the majority of which have been lost to Israeli expansion. The only major vineyard left is at Cremisan and managed by the Salesian Fathers. There is a small shop selling its produce and wine is exported to Israel and beyond.