West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

The Washington Post commissioned me to photograph a story about Israel's West Bank Jewish Settlements following the UN Security Council Resolution to declare Israeli settlements illegal and a speech by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry in which he defended the Obama administration's decision to allow the resolution. Read the story online

Author: Griff Witte

Photo Editor: Nick Kirkpatrick

Photo caption: Houses at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, are seen through a fence, at a construction site in Givat HaDagan neighborhood, the northernmost neighborhood of Efrat which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

Houses at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, are seen through the shell of a billboard, near Givat HaDagan neighborhood, the northernmost neighborhood of Efrat which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016. The sign on the top reads in Hebrew 'Like new, only stronger'.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

The silhouette of a Palestinian construction worker smoking a cigarette is seen at a construction site in Givat HaTamar neighborhood of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

A general view of construction work and a billboard depicting the future houses which are to be built in Givat HaTamar neighborhood of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

A general view of construction work in Givat HaTamar neighborhood of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

A Jewish man walks past shops at one of the commercial centers of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center

Yosef Shimoni, a Jewish vendor selling flowers for the Jewish Sabbath is seen at a recently opened shopping center 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 West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center

An Israeli military watchtower is seen behind Jewish customers carrying groceries to their cars in the parking lot of a recently opened shopping center 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 West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh

A Jewish man wearing a yarmulke or a kippa, the traditional Jewish skullcap for men, watches a general view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli from the archaeological park of Ancient Shiloh, which is located at the entrance to the modern Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh

The West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh (L), a nearby Palestinian village (R) and Jewish visitors are reflected in the windows of the lookout tower at the archaeological park of Ancient Shiloh, which is located at the entrance to the modern Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. Shiloh was the religious capital of Israel, an assembly place for the people of Israel and a center of worship before the first temple was built in Jerusalem, its sacred area housed the Ark of Covenant.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh

The West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli is seen in the background as a silhouetted Israeli child is seen visiting the archaeological park of Ancient Shiloh, which is located at the entrance to the modern Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. Shiloh was the religious capital of Israel, an assembly place for the people of Israel and a center of worship before the first temple was built in Jerusalem. Its sacred area housed the Ark of Covenant. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Shiloh

A guard dog is seen in front of houses at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli Commercial Center
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli Commercial Center

Jewish settlers are seen at the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Jewish settlers are seen at a playground in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A young Jewish man walks along a path in a park at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A young Jewish man walks outside the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Permanent and temporary houses are seen on a hilltop at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A Jewish mother and her daughter talk with an Israeli soldier at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A Jewish mother and her daughter walk down a road with a view of Palestinian villages in the background, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Tamar Asraf poses for a portrait outside her house at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Laundry hangs to dry in front of a water tower, during sunset at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Birds fly over the entrance to a construction site, marked by a sign, during sunset at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Shiloh
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli Commercial Center
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli
West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

The Washington Post commissioned me to photograph a story about Israel's West Bank Jewish Settlements following the UN Security Council Resolution to declare Israeli settlements illegal and a speech by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry in which he defended the Obama administration's decision to allow the resolution. Read the story online

Author: Griff Witte

Photo Editor: Nick Kirkpatrick

Photo caption: Houses at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, are seen through a fence, at a construction site in Givat HaDagan neighborhood, the northernmost neighborhood of Efrat which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

Houses at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, are seen through the shell of a billboard, near Givat HaDagan neighborhood, the northernmost neighborhood of Efrat which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016. The sign on the top reads in Hebrew 'Like new, only stronger'.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

The silhouette of a Palestinian construction worker smoking a cigarette is seen at a construction site in Givat HaTamar neighborhood of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

A general view of construction work and a billboard depicting the future houses which are to be built in Givat HaTamar neighborhood of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

A general view of construction work in Givat HaTamar neighborhood of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Efrat Gush Etzion

A Jewish man walks past shops at one of the commercial centers of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is situated on the southern outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center

Yosef Shimoni, a Jewish vendor selling flowers for the Jewish Sabbath is seen at a recently opened shopping center 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 West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Gush Etzion Shopping Center

An Israeli military watchtower is seen behind Jewish customers carrying groceries to their cars in the parking lot of a recently opened shopping center 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 West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 30, 2016.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh

A Jewish man wearing a yarmulke or a kippa, the traditional Jewish skullcap for men, watches a general view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli from the archaeological park of Ancient Shiloh, which is located at the entrance to the modern Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh

The West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh (L), a nearby Palestinian village (R) and Jewish visitors are reflected in the windows of the lookout tower at the archaeological park of Ancient Shiloh, which is located at the entrance to the modern Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. Shiloh was the religious capital of Israel, an assembly place for the people of Israel and a center of worship before the first temple was built in Jerusalem, its sacred area housed the Ark of Covenant.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Ancient Shiloh

The West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli is seen in the background as a silhouetted Israeli child is seen visiting the archaeological park of Ancient Shiloh, which is located at the entrance to the modern Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. Shiloh was the religious capital of Israel, an assembly place for the people of Israel and a center of worship before the first temple was built in Jerusalem. Its sacred area housed the Ark of Covenant. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Shiloh

A guard dog is seen in front of houses at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli Commercial Center

Jewish settlers are seen at the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Jewish settlers are seen at a playground in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A young Jewish man walks along a path in a park at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A young Jewish man walks outside the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Permanent and temporary houses are seen on a hilltop at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A Jewish mother and her daughter talk with an Israeli soldier at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

A Jewish mother and her daughter walk down a road with a view of Palestinian villages in the background, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Tamar Asraf poses for a portrait outside her house at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017. 

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Laundry hangs to dry in front of a water tower, during sunset at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

West Bank Israeli Settlements | Eli

Birds fly over the entrance to a construction site, marked by a sign, during sunset at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, located south of the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus, on January 1, 2017.

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