Posts Tagged ‘Palestine’

Hebron. After visiting the Jewish cemetery in the settlement, we came upon this scene. A Jewish and a Palestinian man talking/arguing about something. Two IDF soldiers assisted. We went into the shop very close by. The soldiers looked amazed: why would two Jews buy from the Arabs. The Palestinians were also very surprised, but they served us without any problem…

Palesztina életre szóló élményt jelentett. Egyrészt kíváncsi voltam az érem másik oldalára (2013-ban voltam Izraelben), a történelmi és a hírekben szereplő helyeket akartam meglátogatni.


Szerencsére a Wizz Air légitársaságnak és a több hónappal korábbi jegyfoglalásnak köszönhetően a menettérti ár 303 lej, azaz 65 euró volt, s lévén, hogy kezdetben Sameh családjánál, majd a Kanapészörfölők, illetve ismerősök segítségével oldottuk meg a szállást, a 10 napos ott tartózkodás összköltségvetése 600 lej körül mozog (+/- 50 lej).

A költségeknek a minimálisra csökkentése mellett az otthonokban történt elszállásolásnak két hatalmas előnye és hozadéka van: a helyi ember szemével látod a helyzetet, illetve a közös élmények összekovácsolják az utazót és a házigazdát. Ez pedig maradandó élményt, emlékeket eredményez. Így szeretek utazni.

We wondered around for a long time when we reached a dead end. A surreal scene: two Israeli soldiers at the end of the street with an iron gate behind their backs. An Arab boy selling falafel. In the middle of nowhere. Curious eyes gazed at us from the buildings – mostly children. I approached the soldiers, telling them we want to enter the mos… the church, but we cannot find the main entrance, the others are all closed. I also told them that at a nearby checkpoint their colleague asked if we’re Jews, we said no, but we are Christians, so he said yes, we can enter, and indicated the general direction where to get in, but we are unable to locate it. One of them said, he can accompany us. I felt very uneasy: going back to the Arab merchants with an Israeli soldier makes us automatically Jews, but we told them we’re from Hungary and Romania. We traveled with these passports, we didn’t want to elaborate about our ethnic background and how come we’re both Hungarians from Romania, we travel with different travel documents… What if the soldier is attacked by some Arabs, and we’ll be prosecuted for “luring” him into the danger zone. At each corner he looked left, then right and advanced only then. After asking some Arabs where the entrance is, and them telling him it’s the one we’ve already been to, but it’s closed, her said he has to return to his colleague. An eerie silence followed. More Palestinians gathered around us. He left. We quickly did the same. The Palestinians looked at us with suspicion

Az utazó más, mint a turista, szerintem. Előbbi mélyrehatóan meg akarja ismerni a meglátogatott helyet, előre tájékozódik annak történelméről, a sajátosságokról, a turista elsősorban csak épületeket néz, kényelemre vágyik, szállodában/panzióban száll meg, nemigen kerül kapcsolatba a helyiekkel.


A Szabadságban két részben jelent meg a palesztinai élménybeszámoló:

Golyók, kövek és vízcseppek között, Palesztinában (I.)

Golyók, kövek és vízcseppek között, Palesztinában (II.)


A blogomon angol nyelven megjelent bejegyzések ide kattintva olvashatók.


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Hebron struck a sensible nerve: the situation is close to desperate. Palestinians here spoke about the Israeli occupation and violations more than anywhere else! The lack of water is angering and demoralizing the Palestinian population.

Even though it was the Jewish Passover or Pesach, we managed to enter the heavily defended Jewish neighborhood in Hebron with some extreme surprises.

Please click on the first photo! Take time going through them. Listen to some music…

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Jericho was on my list from the beginning of the trip: we spent a day there…

Please click on the first picture!

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Why bullets, stones and water drops?

Bullets because, unfortunately, a lot of them are flying in Palestine and the Gaza Strip. They symbolize aggression, occupation, death, injuries, mourning. Stones because it is a form of resistance, retaliation and civic unrest. Why water drops? Wait until we reach Hebron…

Until then, please click on the first picture for the story to be unfolded.

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Construction, fence, military, checkpoint, refugee camp, settlement, occupation, IDF – I think these are the words that were spoken the most during our stay in Palestine (March 27-April 5, 2018).

Click on the first picture to find out why!

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Conscription exists for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18. Arab citizens of Israel are not conscripted. We saw many soldiers, everywhere… Of some seen on the streets of Tel Aviv and elsewhere we thought that they are definitely not 18, but, most probably, they were…

If I recall well, it’s the first time I have to censor myself. I cannot write everything I think and feel about our 10-day visit to Palestine. I have to be cautious. The situation in the Middle East and especially in Israel, Palestine and the Gaza Strip is so tense, that whatever one writes, from least one side, accusations, acid remarks will start flying.  Therefore I’ll be extremely cautious. Please understand. I’ll try to tell more during private discussions.

According to The Times of Israel around 6 thousand construction workers help Israel to build, build, build…

I wanted to visit Palestine for a very long time: I was extremely curious of how people live, what they think, how much they earn, get a glimpse into their daily lives, experience the crossing of the various checkpoints, see the refugee camps, talk with the Jewish settlers and maybe the soldiers. During my visit to Palestine (March 27-April 5, 2018) I the success rate was around 90%…

How did it all start?

I simply needed a breakthrough. It came during my unauthorized access to a Turkish military area in Famagusta/Varosha (ghost town), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (a de facto no man’s land only recognized by Turkey). During the most difficult period of my life (tried by a civilian and then a military court, convicted and expelled) I was helped by… two Palestinians. Thanks to my girlfriend, Bianka, who found him on the platform, Sameh Muhammad hosted me for over a week me through CouchSurfing between the military court hearing. He and his flat mates/friends from countries that are regarded by the international community as failing, failed or terrorist states kept my profession secret from the authorities, even though they could have decided to turn me in and be rewarded in various ways.

The first gates exiting the central railway station in Tel Aviv

Sameh was my breakthrough. He was organizing our trip to Palestine from… South Africa.

We bought the Wizz Air ticket as early as December 2017: we paid 303 lei (65 euros) for it.

The flight was in the early hours of March 27, 2018 – we only slept 3 hours prior to departure. We tried to sleep during captain Del Bufalo Manfredi and his team maneuvered the aircraft through the clouds and rising sunshine.  Bibi wore red tanga for luck. Both our socks had holes in them. For luck, of course. The tactic paid off: no delay, smooth landing and entry to Israel – we were prepared to encounter difficulties, rough and tough, down and dirty, because we were headed to Palestine, our destination. What if they would have found out that we want to visit Qalqilya, Nablus, Jenin and the refugee camp next to it, Ramallah, Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron and East Jerusalem? Would they allow us in? We put up the stupid tourist face, and I strongly think that because of this only two simple questions were asked: purpose of visit and length of stay.

Halleluiah, we were in!

Let the rest be told by these pictures. Click on the first one, please!

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