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Through traveling the roads of the West Bank almost daily, Fred Schlomka documents the approaching transportation crisis in the Greater Jerusalem area.
As the eyes of the world were on the Liberty Ships approaching Gaza, a massive segregated road project in the Greater Jerusalem area has been quietly approaching completion. Israel is about to unveil the realization of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's dream of Palestinian 'transportational contiguity', in lieu of contiguous territory. Route 1, currently shared with Palestinians, connects Jerusalem to the eastern settlement of Ma'ale Adumim (pop. 35,000). This four-lane highway leads to the Dead Sea and also whisks settlers to Jerusalem in twenty minutes through the 'E1' development area.
Since Sharon's ultimate goal was to remove Palestinian traffic from settler roads, he came up with the ingenious plan to build a separate road network for exclusive Palestinian use, with no connection to the settler roads, only bridges and underpasses. . . . . . more
Tourism Booming in Israel,
|Greater Jerusalem||Jerusalem||Every Monday||Itinerary & Reservations|
|Taybeh Brewery||Jerusalem||Every Tuesday||Itinerary & Reservations|
|Bethlehem||Jerusalem||Every Tuesday||Itinerary & Reservations|
|Nablus||Jerusalem||Every Wednesday||Itinerary & Reservations|
|Back Roads to Ramallah||Jerusalem||Every Saturday||Itinerary & Reservations|
|Hebron & Bethlehem||Jerusalem||Every Thursday||Itinerary & Reservations|
|Central West Bank||Tel Aviv, Hertzliya & Ra'anana||Every Friday||Itinerary & Reservations|
|Israel Black Panthers||Jerusalem||Last Friday of the month||Itinerary & reservations|
Tours conducted by independent tour guides and in cooperation with, Daila,
the Alternative Tourism Group, Siraj Center and the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality.
Palestinian, Bedouin, and israeli tour guides conduct the tours.
Message from the Director
Many people coming in to the Ben Gurion airport request to NOT have their passport stamped with an Israeli entry visa. Usually the visitor is traveling on to an Arab country where the law does not permit entry for people who have first been to Israel. So, on request, the Israeli authorities stamp a piece of paper which is kept inside the passport and removed on departure from the country, enabling the traveler to arrive in the Arab country without 'evidence' that they have been in Israel.
However recently many people have not been given the stamped paper at the airport or one of the land crossings to Israel which is causing problems at West Bank checkpoints and police inspections. One of our tour groups to Hebron was recently stopped by the police and everyone had to produce a passport. One of the participants had no stamp and was detained at the local police station for 45 minutes. It was all sorted out once the police contacted the Ministry of Interior and determined that the person was in the country legally. However the situation could have been avoided.
Please remember to ASK the immigration police to give you a stamped paper for your visa that you can keep in your passport. DO NOT give the paper away at the inspection point after the immigration station. Sometimes the inspectors who double check the passport keep the piece of paper. Don't let them and this avoid problems later.
All the best,
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