06.08.2014 - 24.09.2014
It was hard for the piggies to leave Palestine. Part of them really wanted to just stay there for their remaining three days. But they also thought Haifa might be interesting.
Haifa was okay. The highlights being the Baha'i gardens:
And a small town called Akko to the north of Haifa:
Where the piggies visited the historic prison
What made the trip the best was staying with three Arab-Israelis in Haifa (a historically Arab community). Everyone spoke Arabic all the time. It was beautiful.
Then, the piggies favorite part of Israel out of the entire two weeks was flying home. Unlike the first visit to the airport, the guards check your passport upon arrival and this time they definitely saw the Lebanese stamps and Moroccan stamps (the Tunisian ones were okay though?) and asked a lot of questions about what the piggies were doing there, why the piggies speak Arabic, who they met and hung out with, etc.... Then a female officer came over and asked more questions, some the same and some about what I was doing and where I was in Israel and Palestine.
Then she put a barcode on their passport(s) and luggage. The barcode started with a 6. As already posted on facebook, israeli security uses this to quickly separate people. 1&2 is for Israelis. These are very good numbers. 2 is also for diplomats. 3 is for foreigners posing no threat. Such as Christian tourists on vacation or nice Italian couples who stayed in Tel Aviv and don't speak Arabic. 4 and 5 are for foreigners posing some threat. Tourists with an Iraqi great grandfather or who went to Palestine at all. 6 is the worst and means you are very dangerous.
The piggies went through a special security line reserved for people with numbers 5 and 6. Their bag was checked a number of times, tested for explosives about 7, strip searched in a closet, had their hair searched, phone calls were made about them while they were stared down by guards, etc....
First time anyone ever thought 3 cute little piggies looked suspicious!!