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Chanukah/Xmas in Jerusalem vs. Ramadan in Jordan

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Which will be most difficult to get around in during the last week of December: Jerusalem or Jordan?

I'd love to see the respective religious celebrations, but will travel and sightseeing be prohibitively difficult in either place?

I'd be grateful for a hassle-factor estimate from anyone with experience. Thanks!

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    They're both pretty easy to get around. Things slow down in Jordan during Ramadan, but businesses and transportation stay open late into the night. Amman isn't the most thrilling place, certainly not like Cairo, Beirut or Damascus, but things get pretty festive.

    As for Jerusalem, I think the biggest difficulty will be political. Movement might be impeded if Israel decides to impose extra punitive actions on movement to the West Bank. I say "extra" because there are already a series of checkpoints between Jerusalem and various parts of the West Bank, including Bethlahem. These are well known, and transport companies take them into consideration, minimizing hassle. But, new restrictions could make travel more difficult. Incidentally, tourists or travellers with foreign, e.g., American passports, might have to pass through checkpoints, but they're generally not subjected to the sort of harrassment that Palestinians are. That is, unless they ride on a Palestinian bus (which can work to the favor of the Palestinian passengers - who might be treated better if an American is there to bear witness, or to the disadvantage of the traveller, who might be singled out by the soldier who sees him or her as an unwelcome interloper in the routine). As for the holidays, don't forget, Jerusalem has three: Ramadan, Christmas and Channukah. The think you'll probably have to worry about the most is Christmas, since a number of pilgrims come to the city for the holidays. Of course, with the current carnage, a number of pilgrims might have second thoughts. Channukah isn't that big a deal, at least it isn't a holiday that shuts things down like Yom Kippur or Passover. Ramadan has an effect, but it's more personal rather than infrastructural.

    Given the current violence, you might hesitate travelling. I wouldn't let it stop me, and haven't in the past - having been to Jerusalem three times during the intifada. Just be smart, be open-minded, and have a sense of humor.

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    dear swesson,

    good day from amman/jordan

    out of our experience in both jordan &the holyland ,you dont need to worry about anything .
    if you need more help in organizing your tour for hotels ,transport ,etc.will help in arranging this
    good luck

    regards
    ali
    incoming tourist mgr

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