The Other Haifa

A friend of mine is visiting Haifa this weekend — I’m slightly jealous, so I’ve been reminiscing… This is from my second big visit to Haifa, while my parents were in town. We stayed on the mountaintop instead of on the coast and had a very different experience. First, the view was a little different.

City of Haifa and coastline
November 24, 2012

We also had to deal with the crazy confusing roads a lot more — just getting into the parking lot of our hotel involved a couple of different attempts and a lot of circling around. Luckily, we had a car with a good engine (“shitty trunk…but good engine”).

Mom, Dad, and Jon in front of the car outside our house
November 22, 2012

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The Sights and Sounds of Hebron

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank and is second only to Gaza City in the Palestinian Territories overall. It is also one of the most hotly-contested cities in the West Bank. I visited Hebron a couple of times during my year in the West Bank.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs / Ibrahimi Mosque is in the middle of the old city. It is currently divided, with restricted access and separate entrances for Muslims and Jews. As with many religious sites in the Holy Land, tourist visitors are also restricted and, in this case, Christian tourists (like myself and my companions) were only allowed to enter and exit through the Arab entrance.

Arab Entrace to the Tomb/Mosque
December 29, 2012

Once inside, the tourist ladies were required to put on robes and we were all required to remove our shoes.

Shoes Off before continuing
December 29, 2012

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