David Vaaknin

Commissions / The 50-Years War for The Washington Post

Commission for The Washington Post

Author: Dan Ephron

Outlook Editor: Adam B. Kushner

Photo Editor: Chloe Coleman

Layout Design: Danielle Rindler


June 5th, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Half a century has passed since Israel gained control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Photos for a special issue of the paper's Outlook Section, ahead of that date. Read the story online

Israeli students from Ariel University play musical instruments after a visit at Ein Kfir Spring near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh
Israeli students from Ariel University play musical instruments after a visit at Ein Kfir Spring near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, located east of the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 12, 2017. The students took part in a tour organized by the Ariel University branch of Im Tirtzu, a non-governmental Zionist organization, as part of its "Zionism through the feet" project.
An Israeli tour bus driver waves towards veteran settler leader Benny Katzover as he ferries Ariel University students to the top of Mount Kabir
An Israeli tour bus driver waves towards veteran settler leader Benny Katzover as he ferries Ariel University students to the top of Mount Kabir, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, east of the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 12, 2017.
The Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus provides the backdrop as an Israeli student from Ariel University poses for a photograph on top of Mount Kabir
The Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus provides the backdrop as an Israeli student from Ariel University poses for a photograph on top of Mount Kabir, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, on May 12, 2017. The students took part in a tour organized by the Ariel University branch of Im Tirtzu, a non-governmental Zionist organization, as part of its "Zionism through the feet" project.
The Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus provides the backdrop as Israeli students from Ariel University pose for photographs while hanging an Israeli flag on top of Mount Kabir
The Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus provides the backdrop as Israeli students from Ariel University pose for photographs while hanging an Israeli flag on top of Mount Kabir, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, on May 12, 2017. The students took part in a tour organized by the Ariel University branch of Im Tirtzu, a non-governmental Zionist organization, as part of its "Zionism through the feet" project.
Israeli students from Ariel University listen to their guide veteran settler leader Benny Katzover as they look at the view from the top of Mount Kabir
Israeli students from Ariel University listen to their guide, veteran settler leader Benny Katzover (L) as they look at the view from the top of Mount Kabir, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh and the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 12, 2017. The students took part in a tour organized by the Ariel University branch of Im Tirtzu, a non-governmental Zionist organization, as part of its "Zionism through the feet" project.
Israeli students from Ariel University pose for a selfie during wine tasting at Har Bracha Winery in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha
Israeli students from Ariel University pose for a selfie during wine tasting at Har Bracha Winery, located at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 12, 2017. The students took part in a tour organized by the Ariel University branch of Im Tirtzu, a non-governmental Zionist organization, as part of its "Zionism through the feet" project.
Israeli students from Ariel University enjoy wine tasting at Har Bracha Winery in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha
Israeli students from Ariel University enjoy wine tasting at Har Bracha Winery, located at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 12, 2017. The students took part in a tour organized by the Ariel University branch of Im Tirtzu, a non-governmental Zionist organization, as part of its "Zionism through the feet" project.
Israeli students from Ariel University are silhouetted as they look at the view from Har Bracha Winery in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha
Israeli students from Ariel University are silhouetted as they look at the view from Har Bracha Winery, located at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 12, 2017. The students took part in a tour organized by the Ariel University branch of Im Tirtzu, a non-governmental Zionist organization, as part of its "Zionism through the feet" project.
Israeli students are seen on the campus grounds of Ariel University at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Israeli students are seen on the campus grounds of Ariel University, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Israeli students chat at a coffee shop on the campus grounds of Ariel University at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Israeli students chat at a coffee shop on the campus grounds of Ariel University, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
An Israeli student plays with a ring frisbee at Ariel University in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
An Israeli student plays with a ring frisbee during a break between classes, on the campus grounds of Ariel University, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Israeli students and guests attend a seminar at Ariel University in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Israeli students and guests attend a seminar at Ariel University, marking 40 years since Israel's first political turnover in which for the first time in Israeli political history the right-wing Likud party won a plurality in the Israeli parliament, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Israeli students are seen at Ariel University in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Israeli students are seen on the campus grounds of Ariel University, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Israeli students are seen outside the library of Ariel University at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Israeli students are seen outside the library of Ariel University, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Israeli students are seen in the library of Ariel University at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Israeli students are seen in the library of Ariel University, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Vered Ben Saadon owner of Tura Winery poses for a portrait next to wine casks at the winery in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Rechelim
Vered Ben-Sa'adon, owner of Tura Winery poses for a portrait next to wine casks inside the winery's cellar, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Rechelim, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Dutch tourists enjoy a wine tasting inside the visitors center of Tura Winery at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Rechelim
Dutch tourists relax after a wine tasting outside the visitors center of Tura Winery at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Rechelim
Dutch tourists relax after a wine tasting outside the visitors center of Tura Winery, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Rechelim, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
A Dutch tourist is seen outside the visitors center of Tura Winery at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Rechelim
A Dutch tourist is seen outside the visitors center of Tura Winery, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Rechelim, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
An Israeli man crosses the road at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
An Israeli man crosses the road at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Birds sit on the back of a wild horse as he grazes on the outskirts of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Birds sit on the back of a wild horse as he grazes on the outskirts of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
An Israeli father holds his child at a recently opened outdoor shopping mall in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
An Israeli man holds his child at a recently opened outdoor shopping mall in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
Israelis are seen at a recently opened outdoor shopping mall in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
Israelis are seen at a recently opened outdoor shopping mall in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 16, 2017.
A woman walks down a street at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel
A woman walks down a street at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, located near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, on May 12, 2017.
An Israeli man is silhouetted as he climbs a high ropes course at Deer Land Park near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut
An Israeli man is silhouetted as he climbs a high ropes course at Deer Land Park (Eretz HaAyalim), an attraction park offering a ropes course, as well as a nature preserve, paintball and a zip line over a canyon, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 18, 2017.
Israelis ride a zipline at Deer Land Park near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut
A minaret of a mosque and homes in the Palestinian city of Hebron provide the backdrop as an Israeli child rides his bicycle in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba
A minaret of a mosque and homes in the Palestinian city of Hebron provide the backdrop as an Israeli child rides his bicycle in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, one of the oldest in the West Bank, on May 18, 2017.
Israeli children play on a street at the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba
Israeli children play on a street at the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, one of the oldest in the West Bank, on the outskirts of the Palestinian city of Hebron, on May 18, 2017.
A stray dog is seen at the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba
A stray dog is seen at the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, one of the oldest in the West Bank, on the outskirts of the Palestinian city of Hebron, on May 18, 2017.
An Israeli woman arrives to watch a musical at the cultural center in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba
An Israeli woman arrives to watch the musical "I'm a Jerusalemite" at the cultural center in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, one of the oldest in the West Bank, on the outskirts of the Palestinian city of Hebron, on May 18, 2017. The Goshen Theater musical is inspired by the memoirs of Israeli singer and actor Yehoram Gaon, which begins in the days before the founding of the state of Israel and ends after the seizure of eastern Jerusalem by the Israeli military during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israelis react as they watch a musical at the cultural center in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba
Israelis react as they watch the musical "I'm a Jerusalemite" at the cultural center in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, one of the oldest in the West Bank, on the outskirts of the Palestinian city of Hebron, on May 18, 2017. The Goshen Theater musical is inspired by the memoirs of Israeli singer and actor Yehoram Gaon, which begins in the days before the founding of the state of Israel and ends after the seizure of eastern Jerusalem by the Israeli military during the 1967 Six-Day War.
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