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|District (mahoz):||Jerusalem District|
|Population:||882,652 (2016); Metropolitan Area 1,027,400 (2008)|
|Major roads:||1, 50, 60, 443|
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Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel and 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.
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.
[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:
MAIN Junction to get out:
"Hayeziaa Me'A'ir"- The enternace of the city, called as well Ginot Sacharov. (Google street view) 1 road, the huge Trempiyada that close to the CBS. it's the road to Tel Aviv, Haifa and all Gush Dan, and the 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 stand, bus 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), which was deserted in 1948. Go down the stairs and find your way to the local spring. Although basicly from this spot people go to all the country, not many people stop, and you may stuck inside all the traffic jams. So if you want easyer, beautyer and often shorter way to south or north, use another way.
Hitch hike to Tel Aviv on road 443: You can stand at French Hill just in the other side of the tram of Givat Hamivtar. This is not the best spot to hitch towards Tel Aviv - use it only if you hitched here from the Dead Sea, 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 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 wait for a direct ride. If you can get a ride part of the way on highway 443, to Modiin for example, that is much better, because there are bus stops in almost every intersection on that road.
To the north, south and Dead sea:
Jerusalem locate, geographicly in the excat center of Israel, which explaines why to hitch hike to nirth and south is the same spot. for years, the best way was through the Trempiyada in French hill, but roads changed and people barely stop there nowdays .(2018) Currently spot is the station to Maa'le Adumim that close to the Hebrew Uni. From city center- take the tram to Ammunition Hill, or you hitchhike from in front the Damascus gate (sounds strange, but worked numerous times: 10 mins, 5 mins). 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#. all the lifts good for you, try to get to Bet Haarava junction, where 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.
To the west bank- north area: Binyamin and Samaria sttelments, Nablus and cet:
Check the 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 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..
To the west bank- south- Gush Ezyon, Hebron, Beer Sheva-
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 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 driver, where is the Gush Ezyon's Trempiyada. To Tekoa (Gush Ezyon) : take the bus to Har Homa (Homat Shmuel) 74, 75. Get down in Shmuel Meir-Kvish 378. It's the same way to Bet Lechem, but Israelies car not aloud to go there, and arabs not aloud to do the way around.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. 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.
- 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.