Let me show you the limits of my prison: a metre from my bedroom window is the fence protecting the Elqana settlement, opposite my living room an eight-metre-high concrete wall and an army gate on either side.”

Masha lies five kilometres east of the Green Line that separated the West Bank from Israel after the 1967 Middle East war.

A month ago, the fortified barrier that had loosely followed the Green Line along the northern section of the West Bank began to plough its way south towards Masha, cutting deep into Palestinian territory and ripping through the acre (one-third hectare) of land on which Aner had his flower nurseries.

When this section is completed, Aner’s house will be the only one in Masha left on the Israeli side, caught in an intricate network of walls, fences and gates.


Israel’s security barrier will put nearly 15 percent of West Bank land on the Israeli side, trapping at least 274,000 Palestinians between the barrier and Israel, according to a U.N. report.