Israel started construction of the 670-kilometre separation fence in the West Bank during the height of the second intifada in 2002. It was the largest infrastructure project in the country’s history, varying in height from 2 to 8 metres and including guarded watch towers and checkpoints.
Palestinians protested against the route, 85 percent of which runs east of the Green Line, which marked the 1967 boundary between Israel and the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled against the barrier in July 2004, saying that it breaches international law.
This series documents a journey through Israel and Palestine in 2004, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and on to the Muqata, where Arafat had just been buried. The journey continued through the desert to the Death Sea.
November, 2004 - View on the Judaean Desert from atop a one year old Israeli settlement. © Pierre Crom