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  • Maraka Currency booth at Jaffa Gate

    by Morris777 Written Aug 13, 2013

    On 25 July 2013 I obtained New Israeli Shekels from a small booth near the Jaffa gate on the east corner of Latin Patriarch Street via his electronic card facility. I asked for 2,000, which I received. It was only when I got back to my hotel I realised I had no receipt slip. I may have dropped it, I may not have received one and I did not realise it at the time. On return to the UK I saw the transaction on my bank statement as 'MARAKA, JERUSALEM PS'. I had been charged 658.36USD, which at the then exchange rate was about 2331NIS. Somewhere along the line I was cheated. I don't know if the same person always mans the booth but I would suggest giving it a miss.

    Paul Morris

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  • Maraka currency booth Jaffa Gate

    by robin000 Written Aug 25, 2013

    Exact same thing happened to me on 1st August. In fact I did receive a receipt, however this mentioned the USD equivalent of the NIS amount which I received. In a hurry, I did not bother to do the math - when I did later, I realized that the guy's fee must have been some 40 euro. After many Jerusalem visits and many stories about the Jaffa Gate maffia, I should have know better...

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  • The shop "Alabama" charged US$ instead of Shekel

    by pfarsund Written Jan 23, 2014

    My credit card was charged with US Dollars instead of Israeli Shekel. The transaction was done by paper, not electronically, which was a serious mistake on my part. The currency was set to Dollars even though the deal was done in Shekel.

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    of course,you will not say...

    by fabrice Written Aug 31, 2002

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    of course,you will not say that you are jewish when you have a walk in the arab part of the city,and you will not wear a kipa;always try to show that you are an innocent tourist

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