In recent years disagreements between Israel and Palestine regarding sovereign territory have frequently boiled over into violent confrontation. Although the lack of progress toward a mutually agreeable resolution has cast a pall over the region, many people around the world, including a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians, still hold an optimistic outlook for a two-state solution.
I had an opportunity to visit several cities in the Palestinian territories and the Dead Sea during my trip to Jerusalem last year, and made an effort to capture a sense of what life is like for the Palestinians who live in the West Bank. I was also fortunate enough to participate in a photowalk with a group of Palestinian photographers in Hebron, which gave me a chance to see their world through a lens different from my own.
Swimmers float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea near Jericho.
A Palestinian girl chases after a friend during a game of tag in Bethlehem beside the wall separating the West Bank from Israel.
Shoppers and vendors navigate a crowded street market in Bethlehem.
An Israeli Defense Force police officer stands sentry at a road checkpoint outside Hebron.
Hebron, the West Bank’s largest city, is home to more than 215,000 Palestinian residents.
A Palestinian woman passes through an Israeli Defense Force checkpoint in Hebron.
A jewelry vendor assists a customer at a street market in Hebron.
In Hebron, a chain link canopy has been erected over portions of the street market to protect Palestinian pedestrians from objects thrown down by Israeli settlers in the buildings above.
Two Palestinian men engage in a jovial conversation at a poultry shop in Hebron’s central street market.
Children watch as an artist uses colored sand to create bottled keepsakes at a street market in Hebron.
Canned goods and sundries line the shelves of a small grocery store in Hebron’s Old Quarter.
Men play cards at a cafe in Hebron’s Old Quarter.
A young Palestinian man drinks coffee and smokes a cigarette in Hebron.
A Palestinian boy sells pastries at a street market in Hebron.
Check out all the high-resolution shots from my trip to the West Bank in my Flickr album.