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  • Series: Footprint Israel Handbook
  • Paperback: 850 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; 2 edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900949482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900949484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,697,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All the information you need for clued-up touring. -- Jewish Chronicle

Information rich with a healthy dose of maps, colour photos and savvy cynicism. A truly remarkable endeavour. -- Jerusalem Post

The authors have amassed about as much fact, information and detail as most of us are ever likely to need. -- The Times, London --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book does present a fairly comprehensive guide to the country of Israel. If not for its strong political biases, alluded to by other reviewers here, it would be a book worthy of recommendation.
As a personal disclaimer, my serious charges against this book are not labeled by a "crazy extremist." I am Jewish, but I support Palestinian statehood, within the framework of real security for Israel. And I believe you can criticize Israel without being anti-semitic. However, some of this book's statements are simply intolerable.
The egregious behavior of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, etc. is consistenly explained away, given context, etc. whereas almost all criticisms of Israel are given without emphasis at all on the context, namely that of consistent use of terrorism against it by internal and external forces, numerous wars of aggression by other Arab countries, etc. In addition, there are highly offensive remarks throughout the textincluding, a joke about desecrating a Jewish grave, a ridiculous and offensive discussion of the "Jewish Lobby" in America (Yes, Mr. Winter, there is a Pro-ISRAELI lobby in America, supported by many Jews and Christians) but there is no unified "Jewish Lobby" representing the beliefs of all, or even most Jews as a religion or people. In addition, The author recommends a couple of books that are only a step above "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" in terms of the way they slander Jewish people. Full criticism of the many biases in this book would take far more space than I have here. Suffice it to say that until this guidebook drastically changes its editorial attitude, I would go elsewhere for less-biased information about Israel.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2001
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It is my opinion that the Footprint series is great! The Footprint Israel handbook gave alot of useful information, yet tried to write the book so that it wouldn't go out of date so fast. Thus, there is a lack of information on backpacking and student travel specifics.
My issues with this book: 1-Monty Python's Life of Brian wasn't 'that' good. Why do they have to constantly mention it? This was irritating. 2-People who want a travel book on Israel don't want to read pro-palestine/anti-israel propoganda. This was somewhat annoying.
Overall, a good read, and definately take it with you, keeping it handy, when going to Israel. Take the feeble attempts at humour with a grain of salt. Try to ignore the palestine bias in the content. Palestine is not a perpetual victim. With this in mind, enjoy this edition. It is usefull.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader on August 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is out of print and should stay that way. I made the mistake of taking a public library copy of the book to Israel on a recent trip there without reading it first, and too late discovered that it was a political tract, not a guidebook. The author is a typical British ivory tower apologist who is able to convince himself that siding with the "oppressed" puts him in the intellectual vanguard. In a book so full of misinformation and half-truths that it would take another book just to tease them all out of the text, here is just one choice example: page 211, where he actually says that a tourist worried about safety should be "equally vigilant" to avoid areas where Israelis could attack Palestinians, including tear gas attacks, since "Israeli police don't discriminate" between Arabs and tourists. Of course, in describing the supposedly "rare" attacks on Jews, there is no mention of who the perpetrators are of these "rare" events, and the author actually suggests that such attacks could be avoided if only those arrogant Jews would stop provoking people with their "outward displays of Jewishness" and their "'amusing' IDF t-shirts." The thousands who have been shot, stabbed, blown up, or otherwise murdered or injured by Arabs give the lie to this disgusting piece of work.
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Format: Paperback
Agreed, as previously stated by many reviewers, this book contains some egregious, unwarranted commentary, and unmistakably presents negative opinion as "fact." (And as a minor point of information, the 2nd edition's cover is blue, not purple.)

Nevertheless, the book also contains a great deal more useful information, not to mention area maps, than many other Israel guides. There are, for example, maps of Beer Sheva and many other towns in the Negev that other guides do not even mention. There are also excellent descriptions of numerous national parks and nature walks, off the beaten track.

While using this book, in short, ignore the commentary, and limit your attention to the what, where and how to see Israel, from the Galilee and Golan, south to Eilat. The writer demonstrates complete ignorance concerning Israeli politics and Judaism. So ignore that content.

Nevertheless, this book provides an excellent guide to the physical and historical beauties of this tiny country. Overall, despite the book's deep anti-Israel biases, it proved quite useful for us.
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By A Customer on February 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This guide is a must if you are planning to travel on your own. It provides all the basic information about eating, housing, archeological and religious sites and geographical features. But, the real worth of this handbook is the detailed information and maps showing you how to get to specific sites. There are also small detail maps of the sites themselves. This book also has the best geopolitical background information of any guidebook I have read. Such information is critical in understanding the people and in helping the traveler to avoid trouble.
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