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'''Jerusalem''' is the largest city in Israel and serves as the capital of the state since its establishment in 1948. Jerusalem's status is under dispute between [[Israel]] and the Palestinians. 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 ==
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[[File:CraigIsraelKfarAdomim.jpg|thumb|220px|right|[[User:Halt, Stop! Reudnitz kommt.|Craig]] at Maale Adumim Junction en route to Dead Sea (5 mins).]]
[Moriya:] Jerusalem has at least 6-7 roads to get out,to different directions. It's changes often by the massive constractions but in general, choose your next destination and ask local where the best spot to hitch out. the following is list of spots based on the direction:
=== French Hill junction ===
French Hill == MAIN Junction to get out: =="Hayeziaa Me'A'ir"- The enternace of the city, called as well Ginot Sacharov. (or Hagiva Hatzarfatit[https://goo.gl/maps/i8hDtLdz8tu Google street view]) junction is a good place for hitchhiking 1 road, the huge Trempiyada that close to several placesthe CBS. You can hitch from it 's the road to the Dead SeaTel Aviv, towards highway 90 (whether south towards Eilat or north towards [[Beit She'an]] Haifa and [[Tiberias]]all Gush Dan, Sea of Galilee and the [[Golan Heights]])way to the states highways- 2, 6.. If you come from city center, you walk through tram lines to the ugly bridge, and down the bridge you continue straight.you 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 Palestinian cities stand, bus statins and often tons of people that are north of Jerusalem 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 West Bank settlements north of Jerusalem burn some time, just behind you there is an old Arab village (SamariaLifta), which was deserted in 1948. It is also possible Go down the stairs and find your way to hitch towards Tel Aviv (although the local spring. Although basicly from this is spot people go to all the country, not many people stop, and you may stuck inside all the best spot for Tel Aviv)traffic jams. So if you want easyer, beautyer and often shorter way to south or north, use another way.
The easiest way Hitch hike to get there is by Tel Aviv on road 443: You can stand at French Hill just in the other side of the tram to of Givat Hamivtar stop. This is not the best spot to hitch towards Tel Aviv - use it only if you hitched here from the Dead Sea, and buses 57northern Israel or from the West bank, 68 and 77 also go thereyou wish to continue to Tel Aviv. From On the other side of the big intersection there is a smaller bus stop. Cars that pass here might be going into Jerusalem, walk or towards Tel Aviv through highway 1 minute 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 wait for a direct ride. If you can get a ride part of the way on highway 443, to Modiin for example, that the tram rails cross diagonally. This is the junctionmuch better, where route 1 and route 60 meetbecause there are bus stops in almost every intersection on that road.
== To the following destinations: The Dead Seanorth, highway 90 south or north and to the northern West Bank/Samaria, go to the big bus stop on highway 1, right before the bridge ([httpsDead sea://goo.gl/maps/q1G82KN3d6B2 Google street view]). The place is usually crowded with hitchhikers on their way to northern West Bank/Samaria settlements, and drivers stop often. There are times when there is a group of dozens of people hitching here, and some drivers even come with signs themselves, to show which settlement they’re going to. This group is almost always at the beginning of the bus stop, so if you’re going to the Dead Sea or highway 90, it’s better to stand apart from the group, towards the back of the stop. A sign here can help. ==
You can hitch from Jerusalem locate, geographicly in 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 sign that says “Ramallah” on itexcat center of Israel, 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 also possible which explaines why to hitch from this intersection hike to Tel Aviv. This nirth and south is not the best same spot to hitch towards Tel Aviv - use it only if you hitched here from . for years, the Dead Sea, northern Israel or from best way was through the West bankTrempiyada in French hill, but roads changed and you wish to continue to Tel Avivpeople barely stop there nowdays . On the other side of the big intersection there (2018) Currently spot is 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 Shaar Hagai petrol station, so it’s better to wait for a direct ride. If you can get a ride part of Maa'le Adumim that close to the way on highway 443, to Modiin for example, that is much better, because there are bus stops in almost every intersection on that roadHebrew Uni=== East to From city center- take the [[Dead Sea]], Northern Israel ===Basically you need tram to get a ride eastwards on highway 1.See French Ammunition Hill junction above.:[[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 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). Highway Get down, cross the road to the right, you can see huge white stutue on your left. Keep it on your left. and start walk, You will walk like 15 minutes. Than you will see station that have many buses that stop. Check if it's written that there is a bus that go to Kfar Adumim. if the answer iis yes- than you are in the right staation. Take a lift to Kfar Adumim (or further) you will pass Maale Adumim, and Mishor Adumim. when you get down, you will see that you are in road 1 ends at Beit-HaArava #. all the lifts good for you, try to get to Bet Haarava junction, where it road 1 meets highway 90, which can take you north towards Beit She'an, Tiberias and generally northern Israel (serving also Allenby border crossing and Sheikh Hussein border crossing to Amman) and south towards the Dead Sea and Eilat.
So if you need to get to the Dead Sea and your ride goes to northern Israel (Beit She'an, Tiberias etc.) 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 best way to hitch another ride. Beware! this is a desert area, so being near a refreshment stop helps.
Some rides will get you as far as Ma'ale Adumin, Mishor Adumim, Mitzpeh Yeriho or other villages along highway 1 (Jerusalem-Dead Sea part of the highway, that is). With the exception of Ma'ale Adumim, you can definitely continue hitching along highway 1 (Ma'ale Adumim is connected to highway 1 via an interchange with nowhere to hitch on). However it should be noted that finding a ride to the Dead Sea or to northern Israel from Jerusalem is quite common, and preferable to do in Jerusalem than along highway 1 by trying to continuously hitchhiking east. ==== Northern Israel: Tiberias and the Golan Heights ==== Tsemach Junciton near the southern shore of the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) serves as a major junction. From there, you can either hitchhike to [[Tiberias]] by going westwards on highway 90, or use the [[trempiyada]] up to the Golan Heights by going eastwards to highway 92. People either drive up to highway 92 or highway 98 from there. Highway 98 goes right up to the Golan, and Road 92 runs along To the west coast of the Kinneret from where you can pick up Roads 789 or 87 to the Golan. Road 789 connects to highway 98 from where you can chose to either continue bank- north or head south. highway 87 also connects to 98, but a bit laterarea: Binyamin and Samaria sttelments, Nablus and it also turns west over the Kinneret or east through the center of the Golan until it picks up 98 at its end. [[File:Israel-erga hitching out of jerusalem.jpg|thumb|250|right|[[Usercet:Erga|Erga]] modestly hitching out of Jerusalem]]  === East to [[Amman]], [[Jordan]] === You can go into Jordan through Allenby border crossing or Sheikh Hussein border crossing),Note that when going into Jordan:# via Allenby border crossing - requires having a Jordanian visa in advance (regardless of your nationality) since no visa can be issued on the border. The terminal itself is quite distant from highway 90, and impossible to walk (security won't allow it), so you'd need to hitch or take a taxi.# via Sheikh Hussein bridge near Beit She'an - getting to the terminal from Beit She'an is best done by hitching another local ride on highway 71 just east of its junction with highway 90. === South towards [[Eilat]], [[Aqaba]], [[Taba]] ([[Egypt]]) ===
Follow Check the direction section of [[west bank]] for more detalis, but anyways, from Jerusalem: French Hill used to be the best spots, but it's changed (2018). Nowdays the Trempiyada is in Hizma Junction. take the tram to Sayert Duchifat (almost last station), get down and take 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. every lift is good to Hizma Junction, and sometime you will get lift straight to your destination. Hizma Junction is a soldiers checkpoint, you will see many people standing there. Sign can 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 not like the idea you 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 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, towards [[Dead SeaNablus]], and continue south to Eilat via "Tapuach Junction" (south on [[Highway 90 (Israel)|Highway 90Ariel]], [[Salfit]], [[Buddya]] until its endetc.)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..
From there you can go towards a border crossing with [[Aqaba]]== To the west bank- south- Gush Ezyon, [[Jordan]] or south towards [[Taba]]Hebron, [[Egypt]]. [[File:Hitching_out_of_Jerusalem.JPG|thumb|right|220px|Orthodox Jews hitching out of Jerusalem]] Beer Sheva- === West towards Same rules about the [[Tel Avivwest bank]], [[Haifa]], [[Be'er Sheva]] ===section. Take a bus or tram to the central bus station in Jerusalem Gilo (many bus lines go there)71, 31, 30.. From the main entrance, head to the right (when looking away from the building)get down in Afarsemon street. Go on walking further on Jaffa road, take a right below the tram bridge, and continue till you get cross to the main junction where the "Begin" highway splits off to the right. Continue straight past this junctionleft, and on your right (after the petrol station) you will see a bus stophuge road, on the best spot to hitchhike ([https://goo.gl/maps/i8hDtLdz8tu Google street view]). Most likely you will see other hitchhikers standing left there toois Trempiyada. If you get bored or want need to burn some time, just behind you there is an old Arab 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 Hebron, ask people where exactly to the [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol stations]] and hitch therestand. Also, Israeli hitchhikers seem to have an aversion against [[signs]], so if If you're not local using a sign could work out in your advantage. As it is fairly easy to find a ride sure where to Tel Aviv, don't get a ride that only goes part of down ask the way. There are no spots along Highway 1 from Jerusalem To Tel Aviv driver, where one can hitch on. If youis the Gush Ezyon're going to Haifa, getting to Tel Aviv will serve you well. If you're going to Be'er Sheva, better get on a ride that goes souths Trempiyada.  === To [[Ramallah]], [[Samaria]] Tekoa (northern [[West Bank]]Gush Ezyon) === See French Hill Junction above. Rides from here are available : take the bus to the Ramallah area Har Homa ([[Ramallah]]Homat Shmuel) 74, [[Ofra]], etc75.) As well as further Get down in, towards [[Nablus]], via "Tapuach Junction" ([[Ariel]], [[Salfit]], [[Buddya]] etcShmuel Meir-Kvish 378.) However, due to It's the lack of rides same way to this areaBet Lechem, it is probably best but Israelies car not aloud to take a service taxi (very cheap) go there, and arabs not aloud to this area from Damascus gate in Jerusalemdo the way around=== To [[Bethlehem]], [[Judaea]] (southern [[West Bank]]) ===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 of the Old City of Jerusalem.:[[User:Halt,_Stop!_Reudnitz_kommt.|Craig]] got a lift from in front the Damascus gate around 8pm (20 mins). Go to the junction before the cars go down the tunnel. there is enough space to stop. 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 =) Hitching: take bus #6, #14, #18 or #31 to Malha mall/Teddy stadium. The bus stop beneath the large pedestrian-only bridge linking Malha mall and Teddy stadium serves as [[trempiyada]] to [[Gush Etzion]] area (including [[Efrat]], [[Alon Shvut]] etc.) as well as to [[Hebron]] and [[Kiryat Arba]]. You can hitch a ride to [[Gush Etzion Junction]] and continue from there to most of the villages in Gush Etzion or on to Hebron and Kiryat Arba.
Though, to get to the Hebron or Kiryat Arba, there is a bus #381 which costs just 8.1 NIS.
:[[User:Vulla|Vulla]] 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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