30 things to know before going to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

After 2 visits to Palestine & Israel–the first time for 2 weeks and the second time for 3 months–there are definitely things I’ve noticed and have kept in mind (and yes, have turned into inside jokes with friends and family, not gonna lie).

As such, I’ve created my own rather detailed list based on things I’ve experienced and which may be helpful to check out before going.

*Sidenote: my short story collection “Twisted Reflections” features 2 stories set in the Holy Land. 🙂

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Christians face troubles in the Old City during Easter 2013 festivities

Some pretty disturbing videos showing some of the tension during Easter 2013 celebrations in the Old City, Jerusalem.

Christians denied entry at the New Gate. Violence erupts:

The clip below shows an Orthodox priest being roughly handled by Israeli soldiers in the Old City. It speaks for itself:

This one is from Al Jazeera and is in Arabic, but definitely conveys some of the chaos:

A drama-free one, showing Christian Palestinian celebration in Bethlehem:

Happy Orthodox Easter 2013!! And memories of Easter in Jerusalem

Some videos I took from my 2011 Easter experience in Jerusalem. I’ll never forget the intensity of the crowds, how frighteningly packed it was, the energy all around… Definitely an experience to say the least!

This clip below on the Ethiopian lighting of the fire doesn’t have great resolution, but it still conveys the energy and vibe of the moment!