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I set out to explore the behaviour and motivation of tourists in Israel - a battleground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the Second Intifada. In the first three months of 2004, 82% more tourists entered Israel than during the same period in 2003;  297,000 in comparison with 163,200. As the project evolved I was drawn towards the ways in which people transcend the perpetual threat of violence; the cathartic rituals, both public and private, religious and secular, that permeate life in this region.