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has anyone done the hebron tours?

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1. Re: hebron tours

Why do you want to visit there? and with small kids? I wonder.

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I visited Hebron several years ago and definitely found it interesting. The Cave of the Machpelah is fascinating. I'd recommend it. I visited before the city was handed over to the PA; I'd imagine more vigilant security measures are needed for tours there nowadays.

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I understand that the Ma'rat HaMachpelah, Cave of Machpelah, can only be visited by Jews 10 days out of the year. Is this still true? And which are the 10 days?

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How are you looking at going, and with whom? Or are you looking for someone who could take you?

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Hebron is a very special place to visit. It is populated by people who are willing to live with inconvience, yet consider themselves privileged to live there. There is actually a waiting list for residences. Hebron is considered to be the first Jewish City in the Land of Israel.

Hebron is NOT considered to be a PA city. If so, Israelis would not be allowed to enter. ( like Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jericho etc. ) Parts of it are under PA control and parts are under Israeli control. Israel is basically in charge of the areas security while, except for the Jewish areas, the rest is administered by the PA.

A section of the Ma'arat HaMachela is always open to Jews and a section is alway open to Moslems. Ten days a year it is 100% open to Jews. ( certain holidays, I forget which) and closed to Moslems and Ten days a year it is 100% open to Moslems and closed to Jews.

I have been in Hebron many, many times. I've gone on a variety of tours as well as taken the local Egged bus there. ( not recommended, because unless you know where you are going you will not know what you are seeing) Children live there and dozens of children visit there. I would rather bring children to Hebron then let them see some of the behaviors that I have seen at a public beach.

I suggest you go to this website

www.Hebron.com It has everything you want to know (and then some) They sponsor tours from Jerusalem and they are the experts. Yes, they will politely ask for a donation at the end, BUT it is polite and without force. You are only required to pay for the cost of your tour ( but I too would hope you would give more)

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Shoshi, i am quite surprise by your question as this is a part of our heritage and yes, it will be a bit of a nerve wracking experience but you have to have faith and do it.

I was questioning whether anyone has done the Hebron tours, rglady gave me the website but wanted to hear firsthand if anyone did it before we go ahead and book it.

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I wonder why one would consider Hebron a must. It has some truly beautiful buildings and the Cave of course, but it can be dangerous going there, and I don't see any religious or moral value in putting oneself in dangerous situations. Faith is not and should not be there to help you if you enter the water without knowing how to swim.

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It is important for us all to remember that people travel to Israel for a vast range of reasons, with wildly different religious and political views. We need to be respectful of that and not judge destinations because they don't fit in with our own values or views. So while Hebron is definitely not on my must-see list, it may be on onagail's.

It is also important, however, to give a full and accurate picture, and not a rose-colored one. The tour onagail may be taking to Hebron takes visitors there in an armored vehicle. I assume that reflects the tour directors' view of the dangers involved -- and that seems to be far more than an "inconvenience." Hebron is a very tense place charged with political and religious conflict, and it has seen some terrible violence in recent years. Hebron is also vitally important to many Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.

Let's concentrate on providing accurate, full information, and then leave it to fully-informed visitors to decide for themselves based on that.

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