Israel Warnings and Dangers

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Israel Warnings and Dangers

  • Old City Jerusalem Streets

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    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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  • General Security Advices

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Warnings and Dangers

    I understood why they say that you have to be at Ben Gurion airport (probably others as well but this is the one I used) 3 hours before departure. I was flying in and out of Israel with Lufthansa, and as of May 2010, they have their baggage drop counters on T3, Level G. As I was already checked in, I proceeded there and I was happy to see that...

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  • Pickpockets

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    Being a major area to visit by 3 of the Major Religions of the world, Jerusalem has it's share of scammers, touts, pick pockets, hustlers and more. walking especially at the old city has lots of crowds and some of them are these unholy people so your best bet will be to secure your valuables into bags or back packs that are slash proof (i'm using...

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  • Beach Safety

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Warnings and Dangers

    Every year between Mid' of July and aprx Mid of August a huge Jellyfish groups "visit" Israel on its way north. (towards Lebanon and further north). Those Jellyfishes are NOT as dangerouse / deadly as in Australia for example or maybe in other places too BUT they can give you a bad burns on the skin !!! They are BIG and nasty and the spread their...

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  • At the Airport

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    xaver is totally correct having recently visited Israel for one week and got the same treatment when leaving. Yellow sticker, interrogation before check in, etc. I was asked to leave my luggage unlocked which I duly did - its a suitcase where the zips are held in place by a combination lock - the lock was open but the zips were "engaged". Upon...

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  • Money and Safety

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Warnings and Dangers

    I bought a lot of merchandise at MAZAL TOV, 159 Dizengoff in Tel Aviv. I signed the AMEX credit card receipt for 215 shekels.When I got back to the states I was charged in US Dollars. THE MERCHANT ALTERED THE RECEIPT. There are many forms of this same scam. Some items are marked just with a number and when you get to a cashier they try to charge...

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  • Transportation

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic in the vicinity of the Jerusalem Shopping Mall is disrupted frequently(2013) by road works and traffic jams caused by the nearby football stadium. Also extensive road works on the main highway to Tel Aviv cause slow-downs.

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  • Separate Beaches for Men and Women

    Well, this may be a warning, but by no means a danger!In several coastal cities in Israel you may come across a beach with a sign stating that this beach is separate for men and for women at different times; the photo shows such a sign in Bat Yam: Only women are allowed on odd days of the week, and only men are allowed on even days.If you are a...

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  • Arriving or departing from Israel

    Israel as a country is obviously very security conscious and they need to be....a few suggestions from my experience - various countries stamped in your passport might instigate more in depth questioning of where youve been and who you know...if you want to go to Syria one day ask for your entry stamp to be stamped on a separate piece of paper or...

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  • Bias of tour guides

    In a region as contentious as the Middle East tour guide bias is a major danger.Bias can be manifested by omission as well as selective story telling. In some places in the world there is an officially controlled message and politically selected itineraries, in others the variation may reflect the personal attitudes of the guide, or even the guide...

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  • israel tel aviv

    200S Hayarkon St. Tel AvivDON'T RENT THIS APARTMENT WORST PLACE TO STAY,SOMEONE BROKE INTO THE APARTMENT AND STOLE MONEY, PASSPORTS ,COMPUTER,CELL PHONE,WALLETS ETC......THEY BROKE INTO THE APARTMENT WITH THE KEY

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  • War ahead in Mid-east ?

    please follow the news up by day, if you need to travel Israel, Syria, Lebanon , Jordan, Saudia or the Gulf-Countries.Israel holds a nuclear-exercise all wide and prepares a bombing-squad and US brought lots of air-power into the region.Suddenly travellling might become difficult and there is only exit by Sinai/Egypt.watch Internet: al-Ahram and al...

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  • Red Light, Green Light

    Israelis are not known as great sticklers when it comes to obeying orders and adhering to municipal laws. They are prone to cut corners and take a rather lighthearted attitude in such matters as parking on sidewalks, enclosing porches without permits and returning glass bottles for recycling. They don’t tie their garbage bags with string to keep...

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  • Security check at the airport

    Be prepared for a very tough security check in Ben Gurion Airport when leaving Israel. I was asked dozens of questions about my stay. Every piece of my belongings was very scrupulously checked. I was taken to the private room, had to leave my luggage be the x-ray machines alone. They took my mobile phone and wallet away too. Nobody explained...

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  • Drinking

    During the dry season in can be very hot and dry in Israel, especially in the south. Be sure you drink enough liquids during the day, and by the way, coffee or beer does not count drinking in this case.

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  • Tiberias -- ugly resort

    Tiberias to me appeared in a sharp contrast to the otherwise beautiful and serene landscape around the Kinneret. The shores and the hills are green and really pleasing to the eye, whereas Tiberias is full of ugly crumbling concrete and cheap tourist shops. Do not stay here and do not dine here. Go for one of the smaller places on the lake. Many...

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  • Passport Stamp

    No doubt stating the obvious, but watch the order of countries you travel to in the middle east if visiting Israel. Syria for example will not let you in if you have an Israeli stamp. This applies to a number of the arabic countries, so please check, also beware of UAE, conflicting info over entry to UAE, we travelled there recently and my wife had...

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  • Floods!

    When it rains heavily in Jerusalem, the water will be gushing through the mountainous Judean desert all the way down to the Dead Sea. It is hard to predict whether the flood will be serious and dangerous or it will fade and will never reach its final destination disappearing in the desert. However, you must take it seriously, especially if driving...

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  • Shabbat Lifts

    On Shabbat (Saturday) jews are not supposed to work, light fires and so on, however you can use things done or started the previous day. This has resulted in one peculiarity. At least one lift in most hotels, office blocks (what would you be doing there if you weren't working) and appartment blocks will switched into automatic Shabbat mode. This...

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  • Everpresent threat of major violence!

    You will see a lot of signs of the everpresent threat of conflict and war. Don't let it ruin your vacation.... The Israelis are accustomed to it; you should be too!

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  • Driving to Jerusalem area

    If you are driving to Jerusalem area from the center of Israel (Route no.1) don't drive too fast - the road can be tricky.Also - if it is winter it can be foggy and slippery.While returning from En Kerem i saw 2 car accidents.

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  • The Knesset Dress Code

    One is not permitted to enter the Knesset wearing tank-tops, shorts, or jeans. "Crocs" shoes are not permitted unless they are black or navy. Men may not enter wearing sandals, and women are not permitted to enter wearing belly-shirts.

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  • What do we mean by "Black Coffee"

    A minor warning, but a major one for serious coffee drinkers:Don't make the same mistake that my friend Ralph from Minnesota made when he visited Israel recently: He ordered "black coffee", imagining that he would receive percolated American coffee with no milk.He was disappointed to get instead a cup of Turkish coffee, with a muddy sediment at the...

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  • Floods

    If you're planning a trip to the desert, or a long drive south on road no. 90 during the winter or spring time you should be ware of the floods danger !At this seasons floods can happen and roads may be closed. Just recently 4 young guys and gals were killed at the desert out of a huge flood that caught them while doing sneplling out of ignoring...

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  • Wild predator

    Wild predator on my home's threshold-:)Pleas tell me about superstitions relating to Black Cats-:)

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  • Border-exercises to Israel from Jordan

    The Allenby-Bridge is dangerous crossing, Problems from Shin - beth secret-service and Passport and they are Lying. : They told me, they had to stamp my german passport by new law.Usually they stamp on a white paperSo my passport became invalid for new travel to Syria or Sudan.Next: , do not exite from Allenby, its doppel expensive, about 140...

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  • Don't listen to the media!

    Israel is in the spotlight all too often on the news around the world. The media is far from accurate only showing the worst of the worst. I traveled to Israel 3x and the truth is Israel is no more dangerous than any major city anywhere in the world. In NYC i feel safe, but in Israel I feel even safer. Israel is a beautiful country and if your...

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  • Road signs

    No, this is not the type of sign that you will encounter in the middle of Tel Aviv, and not even in its surroundings. But we do have a large desert and camels are often spoted crossing the roads. These are not wild animals and you won't see them wandering on the streets, but they are owned by many beduins that live in the country and therefore can...

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  • Be wary and stay away from any...

    Be wary and stay away from any large gathering/protest that may take place. The whole of the region has a history of such activities. If you see a bag that has been left at a particular place, keep away and notify the authorities. It may and may not be a bomb. Maintain the same vigilance you would in any other major city.

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  • Don't leave for Egypt without a visa

    If you are going to visit only Sinai it is okay without a visa (at least for Swedish citizens), but if you are going to see more of Egypt you need a visa, and that you can?t get at the border. There is an Egyptian Consulate in Eilat. It opens 9 o?clock in the morning and they issue the visa in about an hour. Bring a passport photo. For the visa I...

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  • Haifa - Elijah's Cave - Donation

    If you will go to Elijah's cave suddenly you will see a lot of people that will ask you for donation for a sick person or something like that and as far as i know they all trying to get money for themselves.Try to avoid them and don't answer them unless you want to donate.

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  • Your rights against harsh security...

    Excerpt from AIC-web:a) Identification and ExplanationThe person in charge is required to introduce him/herself with name&function, to explain you why s/he is conducting this search and which law/regulation sanctions it. If the search is conducted according to the Protection of Aviation Law s/he has no right to check your written material unless it...

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  • The Narghila Myth (or Hubble Bubble...

    Sorry to be a partypooper, but smoking a narghila (also “shisha,” “hookah,” “hubble bubble” or just plain “water-pipe”) is not the harmless activity that people think it is. Narghila smoking is perceived as being less dangerous than cigarette smoking. New studies have shown that this is not so. Common myths and misconceptions: The nicotine content...

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  • Jellyfish Season !!!

    Every year between Mid' of July and aprx Mid of August a huge Jellyfish groups "visit" Israel on its way north.Those Jellyfishes are NOT as dangerouse / deadly as in australia for example or maybe in other places too BUT they can give you a bad burns on the skin !!! They are BIG and nasty and the spread their (sort of) poison while they are around...

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  • Drivers & Traffic

    The drivers in Israel are known for not being so patient and basicaly driving as "if they own the road" if you know what i mean. So if there's any danger here that would be it.Drive slow though not too slow... we dont have time here... we're always in a rush... people wont like the fact that a slow driver is preventing them of driving as fast as...

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  • Only living thing in this is us!

    When you visit the Dead Sea please be careful not to go in the water just after shaving!!! Probably the best time to visit the Dead Sea would be in the afternoon after a trip to Jericho or Masada. It's a good place to cool off.

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  • Weather in the desert

    During the night it can be very cold in the desert so i suggest that you will take some warm clothes with you if you want to be outside during the night.Also beware of snakes , scorpions and other good "friends"

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  • Salt of the dead sea

    The dead sea water is very salty !if you have open wound , shaved legs etc be careful it will sting for a while , avoid contact with salt and your eyes.

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  • The sun in the Desert

    The sun here is very strong so take a good hat , sun glasses , sun cream and be careful.Also a lot is water is a great idea !

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  • Driving to the dead sea

    The road to the dead sea is very dangerous because its from +500 meters to -400 meters and a curvy road...Drive carefully so you will be able to enjoy your stay here.

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  • Beware of the cliffs

    Don't try to walk close to cliffs - you might fall.Dont try to walk on places you shouldnt or you will find yourself going down and fast.

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  • The animals on walking paths

    Don't try to feed the animals or scare them.This is their natural environment and if you will be quiet you will enjoy those animals.It is a very beautiful thing to see.

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  • No entrance Trails

    When you walk in a trail and see the No entrance sign - Don't enter !This sign is because there is a cliff or dangerous path.

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  • Water in the southern district

    You should take a lot of water with you because it is very hot there and on the track you should drink a lot.

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  • BeerSheba - Boring place

    Beersheba is a very boring place - so hot , so primitive (to my opinion).You can come to Beersheba only if you want to stop on your way to Eilat or Masada but not to travel here.Every time i come to this place it is like the time stoped.

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