Celia Peterson

Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Two women wait patiently in their farm vehicle for Israel to open the separation barrier to allow them access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

Falama, Palestine – 04/08/2015: Two women wait patiently in their farm vehicle for Israel to open the separation barrier to allow them access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

The Daoud’s farm in the occupied West Bank town of Falama is split in two with Israel’s separation barrier. The small family-run business struggles to access 70% of their land as Israel controls the checkpoint with half hour openings three times a day, sometimes refusing entry. Despite the political difficulties, the family is keeping the Palestinian tradition of growing Zaatar alive with both the land and the knowledge passed down through generations.

Published by Esquire Magazine.

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