Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays? I got different answers for my question every time I ask. Can somebody with real experience help?
Even in turbulent times (2014) I think Israel is a relatively safe country for Muslims. Safer than some other countries in the region. Some things to keep in mind while in the country:
Crossing the border requires some more attention.
First of all, there are many countries that don't allow their citizens to go to Israel (this map is an indication). Israel might still let you in but in this case it's advisable to first contact the Israeli authorities, ideally through a local business or organization that can sponsor your stay in the country.
Second, even as a citizen from a country with visa-free access, with an Arabic name you can expect significantly more questioning when entering Israel.
Israel is quite a safe country. However, due to its particular geopolitical situation, there can be surprises. Travel to some regions should be avoided, such as the immediate surroundings of the Gaza Strip and the surroundings of the Lebanese border. Due to the war in Syria, there might be some trouble in the Golan Heights. If that's the case, the region will be controlled by the army and you will probably not be allowed to enter it. Have a look at your favourite travel advice page. As an example, here you have the FCO's page on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Note that the roads are quite dangerous ... that's a real risk. The odds are much higher that you will be hurt in car crash than in a terrorist attack ...
Being a Muslim does not change this. Note that according to an official source, 17.1% of the population are Muslims. There are also 1.6% Druzes, but they are quite localized (near Haifa and in the Golan).
Just go ahead and enjoy. Israel is an interesting country!
protected by Ankur Banerjee♦ Sep 30 '13 at 10:59
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