West Bank Settlement Expansion

In the West Bank territories East of Jerusalem there is an increasing amount of Israeli civilian communities built on lands occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. The presence and ongoing expansion of existing settlements by Israel and the construction of settlement outposts is frequently criticized as an obstacle to the peace process by the Palestinians and third parties, including the European Union and the United Nations.

West Bank, Palestinian territories 2014

Published in Zenith magazine

Ma'ale Adumim, largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank

Benny Kashriel, mayor of Ma'ale Adumim

Town hall of Ma'ale Adumim

A majority of the inhabitants moved to the settlement for reasons of lower-cost housing and higher living standards

East Jerusalem; Israeli West Bank barrier seperating Anata from Jewish neighborhood Pisgat Ze'ev, one of five Ring Neighborhoods of so called Greater Jerusalem

Junis Dscha'far, mayor of Palestinian municipality of Sawahira ash-Sharqiya

View over the hills of East Jerusalem lands on the Palestinian municipalities of Abu Dis and Al-Eizariya

Palestinian councillor Muhammad Srur at the mayor's office of Sawahira ash-Sharqiya, Jerusalem Governorate

Palestinian protesters in Al-Eizariya burning tyres as a reaction to a Palestinian teenager being killed in an anti-Arab riot in Jerusalem the day before.

Abu Dis, the barrier has made it difficult for the residents to access services in Jerusalem without a permit

Seperation barrier at Palestinian neighborhood of Shu'fat; view from Jewish Pisgat Ze'ev, East Jerusalem

Jewish settlement of Pisgat Ze'ev; view on the separation barrier and Palestinian municipality of Anata

Wadi Nar checkpoint connecting south and north West Bank territories

Al-Eizariya, 2nd largest Palestinian municipality in the Jerusalem Governorate

Palestinian community leader Eid Abu Galiya with his wife, youngest son and grandchildren, East Jerusalem

Judaean Desert as seen from the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim in the West Bank territories

Abu Mahmud al-Abasi, Silwan, East Jerusalem; The old mukhtar and former UN employee holds documents refering to Palestinian land ownership in the occupied territories

…photographs depicting him in earlier days with Jassir Arafat

Israeli police station facing Jewish Ma'ale Adumim settlement in the West Bank

Junis Dscha'far, mayor of neighbouring Palestinian municipality of Sawahira ash-Sharqiya