Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

I was commissioned by The Sunday Times to photograph a story about tourism in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Read the story online

Author: Louise Callaghan

Photo caption: Vineyards along an ancient Roman road which has been called "The Road of the Patriarchs" (referring to the biblical period), linking the West Bank Jewish settlements of Neve Daniel and Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Yossef Rabinovitz (L), manager of the Gush Etzion Winery and the winery's visitor center and Moshe Bruce (R), CEO of Gush Etzion Tourism are seen tasting wines at the Gush Etzion Winery, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Israeli tourists talk to a waitress at the Gush Etzion Winery visitor centre, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

An Israeli soldier hugs a relative next to The Lone Oak outside the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.  The Lone Oak, aged approximately 700 years old, is in fact, two trees that grew together and connected over the years. In the past it served as the border marker between the Bethlehem and Hebron districts and is the single remnant of a natural forest which once covered the entire area. It has survived because it was sacred to the local residents. Between the War of Independence in 1948 and the Six-Day War in 1967, the tree was the only sign of the destroyed communities of Gush Etzion. Today it serves as the Symbol of the Gush Etzion regional council.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists from Las Vegas visit the West Bank Jewish settlement of Neve Daniel in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

A Palestinian village, vineyards of an Israeli settlement and a man, are reflected in the windows of a recently opened shopping mall, located at the Gush Etzion junction, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Head instructor and reserve Israeli soldier Eitan Cohen talks to tourists as he welcomes them to the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists watch and react as instructors posing as Israeli soldiers control a man posing as a terrorist, after he carried out a simulated knife attack on them, during an anti-terror drill at the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists watch and react as a k9 unit dog and instructors posing as Israeli soldiers control a man posing as a terrorist, after he carried out a simulated knife attack on them, during an anti-terror drill at the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017. 

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists hold mock rifles made of wood, during an introductory course to handling firearms at the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

A man rides a zipline that runs 400 meters at an altitude of 120 meters over a valley at Deer Land Farm (Eretz HaAyalim), near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists ride a zipline that runs 400 meters at an altitude of 120 meters over a valley at Deer Land Farm (Eretz HaAyalim), near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements
Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

I was commissioned by The Sunday Times to photograph a story about tourism in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Read the story online

Author: Louise Callaghan

Photo caption: Vineyards along an ancient Roman road which has been called "The Road of the Patriarchs" (referring to the biblical period), linking the West Bank Jewish settlements of Neve Daniel and Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Yossef Rabinovitz (L), manager of the Gush Etzion Winery and the winery's visitor center and Moshe Bruce (R), CEO of Gush Etzion Tourism are seen tasting wines at the Gush Etzion Winery, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Israeli tourists talk to a waitress at the Gush Etzion Winery visitor centre, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

An Israeli soldier hugs a relative next to The Lone Oak outside the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.  The Lone Oak, aged approximately 700 years old, is in fact, two trees that grew together and connected over the years. In the past it served as the border marker between the Bethlehem and Hebron districts and is the single remnant of a natural forest which once covered the entire area. It has survived because it was sacred to the local residents. Between the War of Independence in 1948 and the Six-Day War in 1967, the tree was the only sign of the destroyed communities of Gush Etzion. Today it serves as the Symbol of the Gush Etzion regional council.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists from Las Vegas visit the West Bank Jewish settlement of Neve Daniel in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

A Palestinian village, vineyards of an Israeli settlement and a man, are reflected in the windows of a recently opened shopping mall, located at the Gush Etzion junction, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Head instructor and reserve Israeli soldier Eitan Cohen talks to tourists as he welcomes them to the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists watch and react as instructors posing as Israeli soldiers control a man posing as a terrorist, after he carried out a simulated knife attack on them, during an anti-terror drill at the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists watch and react as a k9 unit dog and instructors posing as Israeli soldiers control a man posing as a terrorist, after he carried out a simulated knife attack on them, during an anti-terror drill at the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017. 

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists hold mock rifles made of wood, during an introductory course to handling firearms at the Caliber 3 shooting range, located near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

A man rides a zipline that runs 400 meters at an altitude of 120 meters over a valley at Deer Land Farm (Eretz HaAyalim), near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

Commissions - The Sunday Times - Tourism in Israeli Settlements

Tourists ride a zipline that runs 400 meters at an altitude of 120 meters over a valley at Deer Land Farm (Eretz HaAyalim), near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on June 8, 2017.

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