1. The fertile area is known as "Emek Shilo" - Shilo Valley - and is home to dozens of Palestinian villages and towns.
is the only village in the valley:
And the homes are luxurious.
To be generous, nearby but not in the valley which is less than a mile long and less than half-mile wide, are Mughayir and Jaloud. Two families live in a small plot know as Hirbet Sara.
In the same area are Shiloh, Shvut Rachel, Achiyah, Keida, Adei-Ad, Yishuv HaDa'at and Geulat Tzion/Amona.
Hebrew map of same area:
2. "The settlers and the poor economic situation here are the reason why Turmus Aya is empty," said Rabie, a Chicago-based Palestinian who hails from the village, where many of the elegant villas appear uninhabited. "People are scared of the settlers and the army."
Turmos-Aya is not empty. Period.
Its population is at least 4000 and probably more, with "thousands of American citizens", 70 per cent of its residents are US citizens.