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  • A few friends and I will visit Israel for 10 days starting this Friday. We're planning to stay the first 4 days in Tel Aviv, move further to Jerusalem for 3 days and come back for Tel Aviv.
    Are we missing anything huge? I'd love any recommendation for stays, things to (not) visit, see and eat!

  • Brompton Junction in Tel Aviv?

  • I'd be checking my conscience before giving money to a country that is literally committing genocide.

  • Take a look at the caged animals in Gaza?

  • i'll echo the above sentiments
    not a country to be supporting in any way currently
    also trying not to buy any produce or goods from there either

    ditto saudi arabia

  • Worst trip ever , unhelpful people wouldn't recommend it anyone now.

  • Nice. We're visiting Israel mostly because a friend has family and relatives over there who he didn't see for nearly 20 years now. I don't know the exact circumstances as he didn't talk much about them but I don't blame him (and us for going with him).
    I honestly don't know where I stand in that regard but I'll try to keep an open mind. Also Tel Aviv seems to be one of the most liberal cities in the world so I'm a bit excited

  • Stayed by disengoff square it got blown up . Went through jericho , military curfew . Afula armed guards but they where nice and pointed the gun the other way . Ein geddy mtb shoes stolen . Ranty egg bus driver to jerusalem . Mitspa ramon crator . Again military all over the place . Swedish driver gave me a bottle of water. I couldn't wait to get out of the country.

  • I would say, obviously enjoy Tel Aviv which is a cool city and go and see the normal sites, go to the great clubs and bars and restaurants especially in Jaffa but if you do, remember that only a few miles away are a load of people who can't access it all and make sure that you make an effort to go and see that.

    So, when in Jerusalem make sure you visit the Arab areas. You will have to make a real effort to do it because the way the city is designed is to make them invisible. So go to the City of David 'Museum' which is a settlement and all the donations to the museum fund the settlement, then walk down the shitty road past the museum away from the old city and you will find the Arab area of Silwan. Not much to do there but if u turn left you will see the Israeli guards with their guns guarding the settlement, its a bit mad be careful and respectful (you do not want to be mistaken for a settler!) but definitely worth seeing the starkness of the apartheid, hidden in plain sight as long as you look...

    Take a trip to Ramallah. Go to the Palestinian bus station outside the old city in Jerusalem and ask for the bus to Qalandiya. Get the bus, go through the checkpoint and then get a shared taxi to Ramallah via Kufr Aqab (read up on this area its v politically significant). Hang in Ramallah and go and get drunk at Snowbar in the evening. Cave bar is also good. Next day get a shared taxi to Bethlehem through Area C and you will see the settlements of kfar Adumim and Maale Adumim en route and realize the enormity and intractable nature of the conflict. See the separation wall and the church of the nativity. Then head on back to Jerusalem through the checkpoint (try and go through the checkpoint on foot) and wonder how it's so easy to travel like a normal person in Israel but so hard in the West Bank.

    Also Breaking the Silence tours of Hebron are amazing if you have the time.

    Then realise what the awesome, forward thinking, progressive country of Israel is really built on. And then it will be difficult to enjoy the liberty of Tel Aviv so much

  • or dont bother.....it sounds shit.

  • Damn, this was a good answer

  • I'd be checking my conscience before giving money to a country that is literally committing genocide.

    not a country to be supporting in any way currently
    also trying not to buy any produce or goods from there either

    Utterly wrong-headed. Sad to hear people blaming an entire population of a country for the actions of their government. The political situation, a hard right leadership, shouldn't close the country off to us culturally. Cultural ties between people are one thing that can help in these kinds of situations.

  • Finally – a space on the internet where we can debate this issue!

  • And I came here naively for recommendations and locations for Instagram likes.
    Seems like I definitely have things to catch up on Israel politics though

  • I'd also suggest visiting the west bank in addition to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to get a better understanding of the area. Walking from Bethlehem back through the checkpoint was straightforward.

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