Rehabilitation of Ali Salem Mansion, part of the Palestinian historical rural heritage of Beitillu, West Bank
The restoration of the Ali Salem Mansion in Beitillu is part of a greater project to reinvigorate historic centers in rural Palestine and to safeguard its heritage.
Through this project, the building was conserved, and its structure was reinforced. In addition, eight historic rooms and a courtyard were adapted to serve as a safe and friendly premises for the Beitillu Women’s Association, which focuses on food production and catering services. The association moved into the restored building immediately after renovation. A café to cater to local youth is planned to go into the attic, and it will serve as a source of income for the association. The village council has been proud of the results and is hopeful that such initiative might attract more attention to the safeguarding and restoration of other historic buildings in the village.