Only In Israel

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Oh, how sick.

I was surfing ISM's site today (Pancake Annie's organisation). When I reached a gruesome page showing how to get to Israel under false Identity and pretend not to be a terrorist supporter.
Among the things posted there:

There are three ways to come to Palestine -- via the Ben Gurion airport - Tel Aviv, via Amman, Jordan or via Egypt. Many people are afraid to come via Tel Aviv because Palestinian sympathizers are being denied entry into the country. We believe that it's less suspicious if you come through Israel but you have to have a really good story about why you are coming, and must not mention anything about ISM or knowing, liking or planning to visit Palestinians. You must play it as though your visit is for other, Israel-based reasons, like tourism, religion, visiting an Israeli friend, etc. So do a little bit of research and put together a story that you'll be able to answer questions about. For example, if you say you are visiting a friend in Jerusalem, you should have the name and phone number of a real Israeli person. If you are coming for religious purposes, have a book or two on religion and travel in Israel; have an itinerary, etc.

If you decide to come via Amman, Jordan, you still have to go through the Israelis when you come to the border. They will then question you on why you are coming to Israel via Jordan. Especially if you go from the airport to the border on the same day, they will ask you why you just didn't fly to Tel Aviv if you're not spending time in Jordan? Make sure you have your story ready. If you come to Jordan, you will have to take a taxi to one of the borders with Israel.

And the most sickening of all:

Sheikh Hussein Bridge in the north: (Be careful when asking for a taxi to this bridge in Amman). Make sure that the taxi driver is clear that you want the SHEIKH Hussein Bridge and not the Malek Hussein Bridge (which is another name for the Allenby Bridge). This option will cost you about 35 Jordanian dinars ($50) from the airport to the bridge. When you cross over, the only practical option is to take a bus to Jerusalem (about 2 hour ride). We don't usually recommend people ride Israeli busses! This option is good if your story is that you're visiting people in the north of Israel, i.e. Haifa, and it's usually less crowded than the Allenby crossing, but is otherwise more trouble just because it's further away from Jerusalem. This is an official crossing point so you will not need a visa ahead of time to cross back into Jordan (you can buy one right at the border for about $15 ? depending on which country you're from).

You don't recommend people to ride Israeli busses. Well, gee, how lovely... Human shields who are chickening out of riding Israeli busses. They aren't "Chicken Hawks", they're "Chicken Doves", scared of riding Israeli busses. Looks like the IDF is less scary than Hamas afterall, eh?


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