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|district = Jerusalem District
|map = <map lat='31.78' lng='35.22' zoom='11' view='0' country='Israel'/>
|pop = 747882,600 652 (20072016); Metropolitan Area 1,027,400 (2008)|motorways highways = 1, 50, 60, 443
'''Jerusalem''' is a the largest city in Israel and the capital of the [[Middle East]], state since its establishment in 1948. Jerusalem's status is under dispute between [[Israel]] and the Palestinians, both claiming it . The Palestinians have claims to the city including a claim to be their capital city. == Hitching in ==Jerusalem is quite different from Tel Aviv, there is a lot of religious communities in the city. In '''religious neighborhoods''', it can be perceived as offensive not to dress modestly, and can attract unwelcomed attention. However, in the city center and old city (not inside the religious sites themselves, obviously) there is no such problem.You can hitch hike in the nighbourhods, just find deserted stations and try. most of the city are walkable and the buses are cheap. Make plastic card "Rav Kav', otherwise you can't pay. It's free and possible to make in the CBS and another spots
== Hitching out ==
[[File:CraigIsraelKfarAdomim.jpg|thumb|220px|right|[[User:Halt, Stop! Reudnitz kommt.|Craig]] at Maale Adumim Junction en route to Dead Sea (5 mins).]]
=== East to the [[Dead SeaMoriya:]], [[Amman]] ([[Jordan]]) === The road splits towards Amman and towards the Dead Sea Jerusalem has at Beitleast 6-HaArava junction. Depending on where you are in Jerusalem, there are two options for getting there: ==== From East Jerusalem ==== Take service taxi ("sheirut") 36 from Damascus Gate in the direction of [[Abu Dis]], a ride of 7 NIS only. Get off in Maale Adumin North junction and continue hitchhiking east. If you take this ride you roads to get directly to road #1out, from which you need to continue hitchhiking east towards the Dead Sea and Jordandifferent directions==== From West Jerusalem ==== Take bus 25, 4 or 4A to Har HaIt'tsofim (French Hill). You can hitchhike from the bus stop across the street from the entrance to the Mt. Scopus Campus of Hebrew University. The place is usually crowded with hitchhikers, and drivers stop s changes often. Most likely they will go only part of by the way, in which case you should ask to get off massive constractions but in the entry junction to their settlementgeneral, choose your next destination and continue hitchhiking from the bus station.:[[User:Halt,_Stop!_Reudnitz_kommt.|Craig]] found it easy to get a lift even from inside Jerusalem. The bus stop mentioned above works perfect. Since recently you can get there taking the Tram ''or'' you hitchhike from in front the Damascus gate (sounds strange, but worked numerous times: 10 mins, 5 mins). === South towards [[Eilat]], [[Aqaba]] ([[Jordan]]), [[Taba]] ([[Egypt]]) === Follow the direction to go to the [[Dead Sea]], but continue south on [[Highway 90 (Israel)|Highway 90]] until its end. From there you can continue east towards [[Jordan]], or south towards [[Egypt]]. [[File:Hitching_out_of_Jerusalem.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Orthodox Jews hitching out of Jerusalem]] === West towards [[Tel Aviv]] ===Take a bus to the main bus station in Jerusalem. Go on walking further on Jaffa road, till you get to the main junction ask local where you can see the "Begin" highway. go on walking straight and pass this junction, and on your right (after the petrol station) you will see a bus station, the best spot to hitchhike. Most likely you will see other hitchhikers standing there too. If you get bored or want to burn some time, just behind you there is an ancient Palestinian village (Lifta), which was deserted in 1948. Go down the stairs and find your way to the local spring. In case it's too crowded you might be better off going a bit back up the street to the [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol stations]] and hitch there. Also, Israeli hitchhikers seem to have an aversion against [[signs]], so if you're not local using a sign could work out in your advantageThere is also a [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol station]] on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway at Shaar Hagai (שער הגיא‎) [,35.108185&sspn=0.250939,0.376282&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=10709258174763436664&ved=0CBIQpQY&hq=gas+station&hnear=&ll=31.88572,35.024414&spn=0.501407,0.752563&z=10&iwloc=A Google map link] This might be useful if a ride following is not going all the way to Tel Aviv as there are very few list of spots to stop based on the highway between the two cities. === North towards [[Tiberias]], [[Golan Heights]] === Follow the same directions as for Amman and the Dead Sea, but continue north on highway 90 from the Beit HaArava Junction until you reach the Tsemach Junciton at the bottom of the Kinneret. From there, you can either hitchhike to [[Tiberias]] by going westwards on Road 90, or use the [[trempiyada]] up to the Golan. People either drive up to Road 92 or Road 98 from there. Road 98 goes right up to the Golan, and Road 92 runs along the west coast of the Kinneret from where you can pick up Roads 789 or 87 to the Golan. Highway 789 connects to Road 98 from where you can chose to either continue north or head south. Road 87 also connects to 98, but a bit later, and it also turns west over the Kinneret or east through the centre of the Golan until it picks up 98 at its end. [[Filedirection:Israel-erga hitching out of jerusalem.jpg|thumb|250|right|[[User:Erga|Erga]] modestly hitching out of Jerusalem]]
=== To [[Ramallah]], [[Samaria]] ([[West Bank]]) ===
Take a == MAIN Junction to get out: =="Hayeziaa Me'A'ir"- The enternace of the city bus , called as well Ginot Sacharov. (25[ Google street view]) 1 road, 4, or 4a) the huge Trempiyada that close to the [[Har HaCBS. it'tzofim Junction]] s the road to Tel Aviv, Haifa and all Gush Dan, and stand therethe way to the states highways- 2, 6.. Rides If you come from here are available city center, you walk through tram lines to the Ramallah area ([[Ramallah]]ugly bridge, [[Ofra]]and down the bridge you continue will see 2 crossroads and on your right will be to petrols stations- yellow one and one call Sonol. Keep staright. you will see huge place to stand, etcbus statins and often tons of people that hitch hike too. find your spot and stand. Most likely you will see other hitchhikers standing there too.If you get bored or want to burn some time, just behind you there is an old Arab village (Lifta) As well as further , which was deserted in1948. Go down the stairs and find your way to the local spring. Although basicly from this spot people go to all the country, towards [[Nablus]]not many people stop, via "Tapuach Junction" ([[Ariel]]and you may stuck inside all the traffic jams. So if you want easyer, [[Salfit]]beautyer and often shorter way to south or north, [[Buddya]] etcuse another way.)
However, due Hitch hike to Tel Aviv on road 443: You can stand at French Hill just in the lack other side of rides the tram of Givat Hamivtar. This is not the best spot to this areahitch towards Tel Aviv - use it only if you hitched here from the Dead Sea, it northern Israel or from the West bank, and you wish to continue to Tel Aviv. On the other side of the big intersection there is probably best a smaller bus stop. Cars that pass here might be going into Jerusalem, or towards Tel Aviv through highway 1 or highway 443, so a sign here can be a big help. There are no good places to stop on highway 1 except the Hemed station and Latrun intersection. It’s better to take wait for a direct ride. If you can get a service taxi (very cheap) ride part of the way on highway 443, to this area from Damascus gate Modiin for example, that is much better, because there are bus stops in Jerusalemalmost every intersection on that road.
=== To [[Bethlehem]]the north, [[Judea]] ([[West Bank]]) =south and Dead sea: ==
Take Jerusalem locate, geographicly in the #31 bus excat center of Israel, which explaines why to Giloh (you'll have hitch hike to ask nirth and south is the same spot. for years, the best way was through the Trempiyada in French hill, but roads changed and people how barely stop there nowdays .(2018) Currently spot is the station to get Maa'le Adumim that close to the Hebrew Uni. From city center- take the tram to Ammunition Hill, ''[[trempiyada]]or''. From there you can hitch rides to [[Bethlehem]] and [[Gush Etzion]] areas, hitchhike from in front the Damascus gate ([[Efrat]]sounds strange, [[Bethlehem]]but worked numerous times: 10 mins, [[Alon Shvut]]5 mins). Get down, etc, as well as further south, cross the road to the [[Hebron]] area of [[Hebron]]right, [[Kiryat Arba]]you can see huge white stutue on your left. Keep it on your left. and start walk, [[Tarqumia]], [[Yatta]], etcYou will walk like 15 minutes. Than you will see station that have many buses that stop. To get to the latter area, however, Check if it 's written that there is better a bus that go to hitch Kfar Adumim. if the answer iis yes- than you are in the right staation. Take a ridge lift to [[Gush Etzion Junction]]Kfar Adumim (or further) you will pass Maale Adumim, and try from thereMishor Adumim. when you get down, you will see that you are in road 1#.From all the Palestinan bus terminal in front of Damascuus Gate lifts good for you can , try to get a bus straight to [[Bethlehem]] Bet Haarava junction, where road 1 meets highway 90, which can take you north towards Beit She'an, Tiberias and [[Beit Jala]]. It runs every 30 mins generally northern Israel (serving also Allenby border crossing and takes a little more Sheikh Hussein border crossing to BethlehemAmman) and south towards the Dead Sea and Eilat.:[[User:HaltSo if you need to get to the Dead Sea and your ride goes to northern Israel (Beit She'an,_Stop!_Reudnitz_kommtTiberias etc.|Craig]] got a lift from in front the Damascus gate around 8pm (20 mins). Go to or vice versa, get off at the last junction before Beit HaArava - at Almog junction. Almog junction functions as a refreshment stop, so kiosks, mini-market and (free) toilets are available here, so that's the cars go down the tunnelbest way to hitch another ride. there Beware! this is enough space to a desert area, so being near a refreshment stophelps. Sometimes people cannot cross the checkpoint and will drop you off. Try to sneak by the tough pedestrian checkpoint and flag down cars in front of the car crossing. Saves time and nerves =)
== Sleep To the west bank- north area: Binyamin and Samaria sttelments, Nablus and cet: ==
=== Free hospitality ===In projects such as Check the section of [[httpwest bank]] for more detalis, but anyways, from Jerusalem://wwwFrench Hill used to be the best spots, but it's changed (2018).bewelcomeNowdays the Trempiyada is in Hizma BeWelcome] take the tram to Sayert Duchifat (almost last station), get down and [http://wwwtake the crossroad to your right. there is a station, not so good spot but for lazy people you can hitch hike there insted of walk 20 minutes down in the road to Hizma junction.couchsurfingevery lift is good to Hizma Junction, and sometime you will get lift straight to your CouchSurfing] Hizma Junction is a soldiers checkpoint, you will see many people standing there. Sign can find many Jerusalemic members who help and watch the que.The people that stop will be 90% of the time religius setllers, so if you want to go to Rammalla cheeck where excatly you need to get down to coninue, and be aware that people will host not like the idea you for go there, and can't give you ride straight to there, due the politics issues. You can hitch from the same place towards Ramallah (and from there you can reach Nablus and other Palestinian cities). Be advised that if you’re standing in this stop with a night or two sign that says “Ramallah” on it, it's quite possible people are going to look at you like you’re crazy, and might try to convince you not to go there, that it’s dangerous, etc. It's almost secret but you can even hitch hike to Netania, Tel Aviv, Haifa from this stop if you heading to Samaria (through 60 road, 5, 6) but it longer and you will need many lifts. Rides from here are available to the Ramallah area ([[Ramallah]], [[Ofra]], etc.) As well as further in their homes, towards [[Nablus]], via "Tapuach Junction" ([[Ariel]], [[Salfit]], [[Buddya]] etc.)The buses to this area are really cheap (sometime 3 shekels!) so check where you need exactly to go and your time- maybe bus is better..
=== Hostels and cheap accommodation =To the west bank- south- Gush Ezyon, Hebron, Beer Sheva- ==As a rule of thumb Same rules about the [[west bank]] section. Take bus to Gilo (71, 31, 30..) get down in Afarsemon street. cross to the left, you will see huge road, on the Western part of left there is Trempiyada. If you need to Go to Hebron, ask people where exactly to stand. If you not sure where to get down ask the city driver, where is much the Gush Ezyon's Trempiyada. To Tekoa (much!Gush Ezyon) more expensive than : take the Eastern partbus to Har Homa (Homat Shmuel) 74, especially when it comes to hostels75. Get down in Shmuel Meir-Kvish 378. In It's the old city same way to Bet Lechem, but Israelies car not aloud to go there, and arabs not aloud to do the way around Damascus .A bus ride to Bethlehem only costs 8 NIS, consider using the bus. Bus #231 or #234 can be taken from the bus terminal in front of Damscus gate you of the Old City of Jerusalem. You can find hitch a dorm bed for as little as 20 NIS (4 Euro) for a night. Check ride to [[http://wwwGush Etzion Junction]] and continue from there to most of the villages in Gush Etzion or on to Hebron and Kiryat Arba.wikitravelThough, to get to the Hebron or Kiryat Arba, there is a bus #381 which costs just Wikitravel] for more details1 NIS.
:[[trashUser:JerusalemVulla|Vulla]]{{IsIn|You can consider to walk instead of HH. Jerusalem to Bethlem is just 8 km. I've done it in less than 2 hours walking slow and take my time. The view is not the best but if you arrive walking you will able to see the big wall which it separetes Israel}}to the West Bank. You have to take the entrance for tourists,very fast, few people pass there. The palestinian pass by another gate. Above all you will see the wall and read the different stories of the palestinian during the occupation and you will see many grafitti on the wall, some of them were made by Bansky. Bansky's graffitti are spread around Jerusalem but if you go to the center the (annoyng) taxies will take you to a tour to see Bansky's graffiti.

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