With the Old City of Jerusalem at the centre and bearing the brunt of the fiercest fighting, the land that lies on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea,south of the Lebanon, North of Egypt and west of Jordan, has been the stage of claim and counter-claim, war, attack and counter attack for thousands of years. Known officially today as Israel, although vehemently denied by resident Palestinians, the true ownership of the land is still a hotly debated topic.

Even the last 100 years have seen huge changes in the region largely as a result of outside influence, legacy issues from WWII and devastating military action:

On a trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank, it is impossible to avoid the weight of history and sense of tension on every street you walk and in every face you meet.

The following five photos were taken in Jerusalem and the West Bank; they attempt to show the diversity and divide in a complicated land: