Etiquette

Palestinians are used to visitors and are usually easygoing with foreign tourists, but it doesn't hurt to be aware of a few points of etiquette while travelling in the West Bank.

  • Alcohol Even in Ramallah and Bethlehem where alcohol is widely available, visitors should avoid drinking in public places that are not bars or restaurants. Try not to leave cans or bottles lying around in shared areas of hotels and hostels that have Muslim staff.
  • Talking politics Lots of Palestinians will want to know how you feel about their situation, and politics will come up frequently during any trip to the West Bank. Bear in mind that pro-Israel standpoints will be unpopular and are best kept to yourself.
  • Haggling Bargaining for every taxi ride or item in the souq can be draining, but try not to lose your cool. It will rarely result in a lower price.