David Vaaknin

Sun, gun and wine: tourists taste life of Israeli settlers for The Sunday Times

Commission for The Sunday Times

Author: Louise Callaghan


Photos for a story about tourism in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Read the story online

Vineyards along an ancient Roman road linking the West Bank Jewish settlements of Neve Daniel and Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc
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.
Wine tasting at the Gush Etzion Winery near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc
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.
Israeli tourists talk to a waitress at the Gush Etzion Winery visitor center near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc
Israeli tourists talk to a waitress at the Gush Etzion Winery visitor center, 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.
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
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.
Tourists visit the West Bank Jewish settlement of Neve Daniel in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc
Tourists 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.
A Palestinian village vineyards of an Israeli settlement and a man are reflected in the windows of a recently opened shopping mall near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat
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.
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
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.
Tourists watch and react as instructors posing as Israeli soldiers disarm a man posing as a terrorist during an anti-terror drill at the Caliber 3 shooting range near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat
Tourists watch and react as instructors posing as Israeli soldiers disarm 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.
Tourists watch and react as a k9 unit dog and instructors posing as Israeli soldiers disarm a man posing as a terrorist during an anti-terror drill at the Caliber 3 shooting range near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat
Tourists watch and react as a k9 unit dog and instructors posing as Israeli soldiers disarm 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.
Tourists hold mock rifles made of wood during an introductory course to handling firearms at the Caliber 3 shooting range near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat
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.
Tourists ride a zipline over a valley at Deer Land Farm near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut
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.
A man rides a zipline over a valley at Deer Land Farm near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut
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.
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