Ok, this is a important tip.
As soon as I told everyone that we were going to Israel, everyone got worried about us, some call us crazy and other just told us to be careful (well that is good, it means they really care about us and appreciate us hehehe) but seriously I never felt so safe (except on the road driving, not sure who learn to drive here, if people of Madrid teached them or Madrilians learned from them hehehehe just kidding lol)
The imagines we see on Tv are from certain areas that most of the tourist do not reach (Palestine occupied territory), I am not going to makes comments of who is right or wrong, as for any history there are always two sides of the history. And with the years we all know, that nothing is white or black, and none of us is right 100% ...
Tourist have never been targeted by terrorism here, and I found that most of the places I had been were very safe.
So I really recommend people to visit this country.
By sure I will be back (yes Martin, I have to try your wonderful bbq lol)
Of course common sense is important be careful of your belongs, do not accept anything from strangers, etc...
Everything owned or operated by jews in Jerusalem closes at sundown on Friday and doesn't open again until Saturday after sundown, as this is the Jewish day of rest (Shabbat). Even the buses stop running as well as the sheruts from the airport so make sure you are settled in during this time as transportation, shopping, and dining are at a minimum.
Its a medically recognised illness! Overwhelmed by the proximity of the Christian and Biblical references, approx 200 people per year suffer from Jerusalem Syndrome! In a nutshell, they believe they are a biblical character (Jesus is the favourite, but the Virgin Mary and Samson have been known to traipse the streets). It is more common among men and tend to be between the ages of 20-35 (and usually from a strong religious background). Luckily it tends to be temporary! Usual treatment is to leave the country.....Israel was on high alert for the year 2000 and the feared (many) 2nd (or in Jewish terms, the 1st) coming of the Saviour. It never materialised.
Israel and the Palestinians will likely not see the billions in tourism revenue they had expected as violence plagues the Holy Land in what should have been a banner year — the 2000th anniversary of Jesus’ birth was suppose to kick the tourism to top levels, but the hotels are nearly empty and flights out of the country is full. This picture was taken in June 2000 before the riots started and pilgrims where going wild visiting the holy sites in Jerusalem.
In the Old City don't wear clothes that are tight or revealing. ( You will see some people mainly in tour groups who ignore this). Not only do you risk causing offense to all three of the religious groups living here, you risk unwanted male attention. Some women have been spat at, abused and even stoned for this. DO NOT DO IT. ( You will also not be allowed into some of the more Holy sites, if you are not adequately covered.)
Same as the above, just more pretty here ;-) This one was in the entry to the market, a place to do some food shopping etc.
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