Justine Shapiro cooling off in IsraelJustine Shapiro’s journey through the Holy Land begins in Tel Aviv where she joins the Israeli population celebrating the start of Shabbat. Traditionally Friday night is spent with the family, but Justine finds there’s a thriving clubbing scene in Israel’s economic, cultural and secular capital.
The first leg of her journey takes her north of Tel Aviv to the holy city of Safed where she learns about Jewish mysticism and spend time working with other travellers on a kibbutz near the Golan Heights.
When Justine arrives in Jerusalem its the beginning of Easter and Passover. She follows the way of the cross and observes a Bar Mitzvah ceremony taking place at the Western Wall. Tranquillity of The Red SeaShe then journeys on to Hebron, capital of the Occupied West Bank, which is under curfew due to terrorism attacks. She meets a young Arab student who explains about life for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Justine is taken on a tour of Masada, Israel’s most spectacular archaeological site and learns to abseil in the stunning Judean desert.