Beit Fajar is a lively, industrial town, humming with life and activity. Its main economic sector is stone-cutting, evidenced by the many dusty workshops lining the main road through the industrial part of town. However, the rows of trees with pink flowers interrupt the dusty, grey scene of rock-cutting beautifully.
The stone produced – known as meleke – is used widely in the construction of buildings in Israel and Palestine. In total, Beit Fajar is home to 138 of the West Bank’s 650 stone cutting outlets. A big town in its own right, Beit Fajar is also just 8km from the thriving city of Bethlehem, which has much to offer visitors.
Population: 11,000 (2007)