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Going to Palestine in may

Hi There,
I’m a photojournalist and will be going to Palestine in may to spend a month. Anyone can give some tips on how to get in. Should I identify myself as a photojournalist or just pretend I am a tourist? Any help will be nice.

Thanks

Fernando

by Fernando Borges at 2012-03-28 22:16:32 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Let me know how you get on pal

by Musa | 30 Mar 2012 13:03 | Dhaka, Bangladesh | | Report spam→
The west bank and gaza or just west bank? Slightly different dynamics and gaza can be a bastard to get into.

Best thing to do, if you are going via Tel Aviv, is to get clued up on Israeli tourist destinations and say you are going there. They will ask why are you coming to Israel – let them know about the destinations. Do not mention you are going to west bank! play dumb. If you do, you may well end up on the next flight back home. When i went i paid €20 for a shitty hostel in tel aviv for first night to say i have booked a place, then i did not turn up and headed direct to west bank…

Getting into the west bank is EASY. Getting out can be more of a fucker. Plus when you leave Israel they will want to know EXACTLY what you have been doing.They may well search all your images if they see you have camera kit – they searched mine and charged my phone just to check that out also.

You could be open and straight up, but at risk of being black booked. Or, you could just let them know about all those nice tourist sites you went to in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but be warned the more you bullshit the more they will ask you. So, best say you spent a whole month chilling on the beach in tel aviv etc…. hope that helped = s everyone approaches the region differently so maybe someone else could have an easier response… Also, if they think you are a journalist you may well end up having to register your credential and the ministry of information etc…..

Or, do what a friend did, wear pink hot pants, act as gay as you can imagine then security will probably leave you alone. He walked straight through customs without so much as a question – i wish i had the courage to do that – I was in the question room for hours before they let me go….

The worst that will happen, you will be sent home, once in the territories the palestinians are very hospitable.

ahhhh the ‘fun and games’ of Palestine….

by russell | 01 Apr 2012 11:04 | brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
mr. Musa, if i , as an Israeli photographer can’t enter your lovely country of bangladesh, then why should you be able to enter my country without any issues? and fernando, i had alot of visitors that also went to palestine without any problem. but thing is, if your whole purpose of travel is to smear Israel in order to sell a story than don’t expect to be welcomed.

by eran yardeni | 02 Apr 2012 13:04 | haifa, Israel | | Report spam→
Who says you can not enter Bangladesh.. btw am from England… and was born here… anyway chill out mate!

by Musa | 02 Apr 2012 13:04 | Dhaka, Bangladesh | | Report spam→
iv’e tried, actualy, it seems quite interesting to me

by eran yardeni | 02 Apr 2012 13:04 | haifa, Israel | | Report spam→
Try again my freind… if you need ppl on the ground to show you around.. let me know… i have many contacts..

here is some latest works from there.

http://www.musachowdhury.com/#/gallery/gallery9/0

by Musa | 02 Apr 2012 14:04 | Dhaka, Bangladesh | | Report spam→
thanks mate, but you seem to underestimate the hatred level towards my countrymen in any muslim country.

by eran yardeni | 02 Apr 2012 14:04 | haifa, Israel | | Report spam→

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Fernando Borges, Photojournalist and filmm Fernando Borges
Photojournalist and filmm
(lebanon, middle east, social w)
São Paulo , Brazil
Musa, Photojournalist Musa
Photojournalist
Aleppo , Syria
russell, Freelance russell
Freelance
Brighton , United Kingdom
eran yardeni, photographer eran yardeni
photographer
Haifa , Israel


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