Al-Khader and Artas are villages located in the southwest of Bethlehem.
Al-Khader الخضر is well known in the area for its peaches, grapes and apples. It hosts its annual Grape Festival every September. The older part of Al-Khader is situated on a saddle-shaped hill facing a steep ridge to the south and open areas to the north, in the central highlands of the West Bank. Nearby localities include the Dheisheh Refugee Camp adjacent to the east, the village of Artas further to the east, Beit Jala to the northeast, al-Walaja to the north, Battir and Hussan to the northwest. Artas and the surrounding area are characterized by the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna due to its location at a meeting place of ecosystems. From a spring below the village an aqueduct used to carry water to Birket el Hummam by Jebel el Fureidis. Cremisan, a small vineyard of delicious grapes is located 850 meters above sea level, on the slopes of a hill, in a beautiful and serene area, 5 km away from Bethlehem and 12 km from Jerusalem. Hosh al-Yasmine is an organic farm in Beit Jala.
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