My best efforts to pin the exact location of Ras Abu Ammar
Administrative lines shift quickly through the years, while my grandfather assumed he was “Rasi” which translates to “those of er-Ras”. Ras Abu Ammar was never clearly or distinctively belonging to one district or sub-district more than the other.
This Chapter published in 1841 describing Guerin’s travel from Jerusalem to the southwest and reaching Ras Abu Ammar . Granted it was called Er Ras,
In 1879 this German publication showed Ras Abu Ammar as belonging to the District of Hebron. Importantly it is registered as North of Kabu, and matching to Guerin’s Er-ras.
While many References refer to Tsur Hadasa being built on the ruins of Ras Abu Ammar. It seems to be clear that Tsur Hadasa was built on lands belonging to the village. So was Begin Park. With 8.2 km² of land belonging to the village, it is clear that houses cluster was the main location of the village
Mevo Beitar, a moshav shitufi (think Kibbutz, but not so much) was built on the remains of Kabu, and Ras Abu Ammar was North of that location by all accounts. Additionally, Ras Abu Ammar was surrounded on three sides by a Wadi called Wadi As Sarar. That translates into the valley of pebbles.
Finally, there is a road that ran south of Ras Abu Ammar to Bethlehem, which fit this location below perfectly.
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