A small hill of beans, Ramallah.
Ramallah fell under Jordanian rule after the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Jordan called the land it conquered the West Bank and this name remained after Israel won control of the area following the 6-Day War in 1967. Today, the city is the center of economic and political activity in Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled Palestine.
Rabah and Mustafa pray at the edge of wheat field near the town of Rammun, 12km east of Ramallah. The PA has proposed that a landfill be built on top of the rich fields that have been used to farm for countless generations, The site would serve as a dump for both Palestinian towns and nearby Israeli settlements. Both men along with many of their fellow townspeople are fighting the PA, to preserve their farmland.
Israeli tear gas grenades hang in the garden of Bilal Tamimi in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 20km northwest of Ramallah. Bilal is an activist who has helped lead weekly protests here, started in 2009, against the annexation of the village’s land by the Israelis.
Children watch pile of burning tires during a weekly protest in Kfar Qaddum, about 50km north of Ramallah. On Fridays all over the West Bank, Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at protests against the ongoing occupation of their land. The Israeli military use these confrontations to train their infantry soldiers.
Palestinian flag at a protest.
Israeli border police at the Qalandiya Checkpoint watch as Palestinian women cross the border. What started as a small checkpoint along the road from Ramallah to Jerusalem in the early 2000's has turned into a sprawling, fortress-like complex.
A sleeping child, East Jerusalem. Palestinians, or Arab Israelis as they are sometimes called, make up about 40% of the population in Jerusalem, with the majority of them living on the Eastern side of the city. Despite being citizens of Israel, they have far fewer opportunities for education and employment than Jewish Israelis.
From a roof, Ramallah.
The ka’ak man, Ramallah.
A street market in Qalqilya, a city about 75km northeast of Ramallah. The city is surrounded by the Israeli built Separation Wall except for small gap that allows a single road into the city. Qalqilya is home to the West Bank’s only zoo.
Inside the Qalandiya checkpoint.
A woman sits on the side of the road that cuts through the Qadoura refugee camp in the middle of Ramallah. 3,500 people call the camp home which is considered unofficial and receives no aid from UNRWA, the United Nations agency that provides assistance to Palestinian refugees that reside in recognized camps.
Israeli soldiers monitor activists during a protest in the Jordan Valley, about 30km east of Ramallah.
A Palestinian boy during a clash with Israeli soldiers on the outskirts of Anata, a small Palestinian city 11km south of Ramallah.
A poster commemorating the death of 20-year-old Jihad Aslan is hung a few hours after his killing in the Qalandiya refugee camp, 5 kilometers south of Ramallah. Jihad, along with two other young men, were shot and killed during a clash with Israeli soldiers who were raiding the camp.
Yasser Arafat at a watermelon stand, Ramallah.
Teenage Israeli conscripts, East Jerusalem.
Taking a nap outside the Old City walls, near Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem.
A wall covered with graffiti inside a dwelling in the abandoned Palestinian village of Lifta, Jerusalem. During Israel's Independence War - known to Palestinians as the Nakba, or catastrophe - over 725,000 Palestinians ware forced to flee from their homes. Lifta is the only
A memorial in the village of Bil’in, 16km west of Ramallah, for Bassem and Jawaher Abu Rahmeh, siblings who were killed during separate demonstrations that have take place in the village each Friday since 2005.
Rawabi, the first planned, Palestinian city in the West Bank, 9km north of Ramallah. Currently under construction, it is planned to have eight schools, two mosques, one church, and a population of 40,000.
A bus stop in East Jerusalem.
A traffic stop along Highway 60 in the West Bank.
Stray dogs at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank.
A boy on a horse in Ramallah.