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Title: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 08:25:32 AM
Anyone been to Beirut? Or anywhere else in Lebanon? Can I get in to the country with a US Passport (no Israel stamps) even with my Very Jewish Name?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 20, 2018, 08:30:26 AM
But, why?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 09:20:14 AM
But, why?
Are you asking why I want to travel there?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on June 20, 2018, 09:30:31 AM
Anyone been to Beirut? Or anywhere else in Lebanon? Can I get in to the country with a US Passport (no Israel stamps) even with my Very Jewish Name?
sure if you want to be added to the terror watch list
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 10:10:26 AM
sure if you want to be added to the terror watch list
Thatís not going to happen.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: smart man on June 20, 2018, 10:33:55 AM
Thatís not going to happen.
Really?! US citizen living (lived?) in Israel coming in from Lebanon. If anyone has half a brain you're added to the system.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on June 20, 2018, 10:36:24 AM
Just make sure to post a TR.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on June 20, 2018, 11:09:38 AM
Anyone been to Beirut? Or anywhere else in Lebanon? Can I get in to the country with a US Passport (no Israel stamps) even with my Very Jewish Name?
You can get a visa on arrival. Make sure your ticket is not on one PNR. Otherwise, they will see your records at the airport. Hezbollah is in control of the airport and much of the state. Possible nothing will happen and you will have an interesting time. The other possibility is somewhat bleaker.
If you make it back home, good luck explaining it to either the Israelis or the US officials at the border. If you are an Israeli citizen, I believe you are committing a crime.
Do you really want to go?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on June 20, 2018, 11:47:04 AM
Is it any worse than going to Iran? (DDF has a TR from Iran)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 03:03:36 PM
You can get a visa on arrival. Make sure your ticket is not on one PNR. Otherwise, they will see your records at the airport. Hezbollah is in control of the airport and much of the state. Possible nothing will happen and you will have an interesting time. The other possibility is somewhat bleaker.
If you make it back home, good luck explaining it to either the Israelis or the US officials at the border. If you are an Israeli citizen, I believe you are committing a crime.
Do you really want to go?
Iím not Israeli. And I have two US Passports.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 03:06:29 PM
Really?! US citizen living (lived?) in Israel coming in from Lebanon. If anyone has half a brain you're added to the system.
The plan is to travel to a European country on one ticket & from there to Lebanon on another ticket. Therefore no one will know where Iíve been. I also have two US Passports, which is always helpful.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on June 20, 2018, 03:50:35 PM
The plan is to travel to a European country on one ticket & from there to Lebanon on another ticket. Therefore no one will know where Iíve been. I also have two US Passports, which is always helpful.
What is the reason for the trip?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on June 20, 2018, 04:25:14 PM
The plan is to travel to a European country on one ticket & from there to Lebanon on another ticket. Therefore no one will know where Iíve been. I also have two US Passports, which is always helpful.
No tfilin, no Jewish things, no accidental hebrew on your t-shirt or the bottom of your sandals, no kosher food.
Do you only want to stay in Beirut? Is it a stunt for 24 hours or you want to see the country?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 06:08:45 PM
What is the reason for the trip?
I want to visit the last remaining Jews of Lebanon.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 06:11:22 PM
No tfilin, no Jewish things, no accidental hebrew on your t-shirt or the bottom of your sandals, no kosher food.
Do you only want to stay in Beirut? Is it a stunt for 24 hours or you want to see the country?
Id like to be there for two days and one night. Like 36 hours. Iím going to need to take my tefillin along, they do have freedom of religion there, so Iím hoping it wonít be an issue.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on June 20, 2018, 06:15:57 PM
If you make it back home, good luck explaining it to either the Israelis or the US officials at the border. If you are an Israeli citizen, I believe you are committing a crime.
Do you really want to go?


Is it any worse than going to Iran? (DDF has a TR from Iran)

+1
@Hershelsdeals

As far as I know he hasn't experienced any issues because of that.

No tfilin, no Jewish things, no accidental hebrew on your t-shirt or the bottom of your sandals, no kosher food.
Do you only want to stay in Beirut? Is it a stunt for 24 hours or you want to see the country?

While I would think so, it may not be that bad. Also it may be better telling them that your Jewish upfront rather then "catch" you and arrest you on espionage etc.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: smart man on June 20, 2018, 06:19:33 PM
The plan is to travel to a European country on one ticket & from there to Lebanon on another ticket. Therefore no one will know where Iíve been. I also have two US Passports, which is always helpful.
How do you plan on paying for your ticket? They know if you're buying ingredients to make meth, they'll know if you've been to Lebanon.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: elit on June 20, 2018, 07:00:25 PM
Is it any worse than going to Iran? (DDF has a TR from Iran)
i would assume much worse. Iran has a centralized govt with strong control and care about their image of not being anti semites just anti israel.  Beirut at least used to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world wth different terror groups running their own fiefdoms.
Iím not Israeli. And I have two US Passports.
is that legal
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 20, 2018, 07:06:48 PM
i would assume much worse. Iran has a centralized govt with strong control and care about their image of not being anti semites just anti israel.  Beirut at least used to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world wth different terror groups running their own fiefdoms.  is that legal
Yes it is legal. You can get a 2nd passport too. Itís pretty simple.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on June 20, 2018, 07:23:44 PM
Yes it is legal. You can get a 2nd passport too. Itís pretty simple.
Only with a legit reason.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Iz on June 20, 2018, 07:49:45 PM
Only with a legit reason.
For example?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: helpyouamdme on June 20, 2018, 08:05:51 PM
Anyone been to Beirut? Or anywhere else in Lebanon? Can I get in to the country with a US Passport (no Israel stamps) even with my Very Jewish Name?
Can I sell you a life insurance policy? Good rates.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: elit on June 20, 2018, 08:08:41 PM
Can I sell you a life insurance policy? Good rates.
pretty sure that won't be covered
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ExGingi on June 20, 2018, 08:43:30 PM
pretty sure that won't be covered
If trip is disclosed on the application, and the application is approved, it would be covered.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: elit on June 20, 2018, 08:47:12 PM
If trip is disclosed on the application, and the application is approved, it would be covered.
getting your head chopped off by isis is covered?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ExGingi on June 20, 2018, 08:49:53 PM
getting your head chopped off by isis is covered?
I've never seen a policy with such an exclusion.

Most insurers are likely to postpone an application with a trip to Lebanon disclosed. But things do sometimes slip through. Alternatively there might be a simplified underwriting application (for smaller amounts) that doesn't ask travel questions.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on June 20, 2018, 09:22:15 PM
I want to visit the last remaining Jews of Lebanon.
Why do you think there are Jews there now? Or that they would want to talk to you? Most (perhaps all) left in 82.
If you go in as an American and you tour the country, especially if you have a local guide that you can trust then you will be fine. If you start looking for Jews, you will be in the hands of Hezbollah in no time. How they will react can be unpredictable. I would strongly advise against going. There are so many Muslim countries you can visit with little risk. Lebanon is an unstable place. Definitely don't look for Jews there. If there are - I am sure there are some - they will not advertise themselves as such.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on June 21, 2018, 12:05:51 AM
For example?
When Israel stamped the passport you were able to get a 2nd one if you needed to travel to a country that wouldn't let you in with an Israeli stamp.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 21, 2018, 12:31:04 AM
Why do you think there are Jews there now? Or that they would want to talk to you? Most (perhaps all) left in 82.
If you go in as an American and you tour the country, especially if you have a local guide that you can trust then you will be fine. If you start looking for Jews, you will be in the hands of Hezbollah in no time. How they will react can be unpredictable. I would strongly advise against going. There are so many Muslim countries you can visit with little risk. Lebanon is an unstable place. Definitely don't look for Jews there. If there are - I am sure there are some - they will not advertise themselves as such.
Iím already in contact with them.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: IGBES on June 21, 2018, 03:05:33 AM
I have two friends (US citizens) that tried to go there and were detained and interrogated for 12 hours in the airport before being sent back home, they were told they are a security threat. They were wearing Chasidic garb. This happened last year. I don't remember all the details off hand.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on June 21, 2018, 03:41:51 AM
They were wearing Chasidic garb.
Well that was a brilliant move.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on June 21, 2018, 04:39:26 AM
I have two friends (US citizens) that tried to go there and were detained and interrogated for 12 hours in the airport before being sent back home, they were told they are a security threat. They were wearing Chasidic garb. This happened last year. I don't remember all the details off hand.
Can you put me in contact with them?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: aygart on June 21, 2018, 08:14:58 AM
Well that was a brilliant move.
Maybe they were trying to pass for NK
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 21, 2018, 08:30:07 AM
Maybe they were trying to pass for NK
LOL!
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ExGingi on June 21, 2018, 08:43:13 AM
Maybe they were trying to pass for NK
They need to be wearing the red, white, black and green scarves for that. Even if it's in the middle of the summer.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on June 21, 2018, 10:02:17 AM
Iím already in contact with them.
And you know that they are real and it's not a trap? If they are real what would be the reason that you can't meet them in Cyprus or another neutral territory? Anyway, you shouldn't answer this question here but to yourself.

If you know for a fact that they are real because, for example, you went to school with them in Paris, you trust them and they are inviting you, that's a different story. Still, Lebanon is like skating on thin ice.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on June 21, 2018, 10:29:17 AM
http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/jews-of-lebanon/2018/01/15/

Excerpt:

Today, between 10 to 50 Jews remain in Beirut. ďThey are scattered, inter-married individuals,Ē says Rabbi Abadie. Although Dr. Madeb has been repeatedly invited by the American University of Beirut Medical Center to lecture at its annual convention, he has declined despite its promises to guarantee his safety. The Switzerland of the Middle East is no more.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ExGingi on June 21, 2018, 11:39:52 AM
The Switzerland of the Middle East is no more.
Hasn't been "The Switzerland of the ME" for almost half a century. http://www.lgic.org/en/history_lebanon1943.php
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on September 22, 2018, 07:57:35 PM
@bluestrings
Thanks for the fascinating AMI TR!!   8)
Glad everything worked out!
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 08:17:33 PM
@bluestrings
Thanks for the fascinating AMI TR!!   8)
Glad everything worked out!
Thanks for reading! I forgot to post about it here. Will do now.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on September 22, 2018, 08:21:33 PM
Thanks for reading! I forgot to post about it here. Will do now.
I saw the Ami cover and this thread crossed my mind, thinking to myself if it's related. My question was answered when you mentioned DDF  ;)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 08:24:38 PM
Hi guys! Thanks for trying to scare me out of doing the trip. Thank G-D I didnít listen. I made the trip and it worked out quite well for me. I donít plan on posting a Trip Report here, but if you want to read about my experience, I wrote a full feature article about my visit to Lebanon which has been printed in the Sukkos 2018 Issue of Ami Magazine. In stores now! Get yourself a copy! Itís definitely worth a read.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Z56 on September 22, 2018, 09:19:58 PM
Hi guys! Thanks for trying to scare me out of doing the trip. Thank G-D I didnít listen. I made the trip and it worked out quite well for me. I donít plan on posting a Trip Report here, but if you want to read about my experience, I wrote a full feature article about my visit to Lebanon which has been printed in the Sukkos 2018 Issue of Ami Magazine. In stores now! Get yourself a copy! Itís definitely worth a read.

Excellent article 👍

Post at TRIP report here/ the details that you donít want to discuss 😂
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on September 22, 2018, 10:15:07 PM
So you risked your life and didn't even make it to the front cover??
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Z56 on September 22, 2018, 10:16:55 PM
So you risked your life and didn't even make it to the front cover??

Side bar;)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Z56 on September 22, 2018, 10:17:46 PM
@bluestrings what next up your sleeve?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 10:28:37 PM
Excellent article

Post at TRIP report here/ the details that you donít want to discuss
Thanks for reading!

Any detail that is too sensitive to be shared in the magazine is too sensitive to be shared here. People in Lebanon can literally get into serious trouble for meeting with me.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 10:29:17 PM
@bluestrings what next up your sleeve?
Donít know yet. Weíll see where Hashem leads me. Any ideas? PM me
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 10:30:45 PM
So you risked your life and didn't even make it to the front cover??
LOL! I knew it wouldnít make the cover. Yom Tov issue covers always feature Gedolim. Donít read a book by its cover.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Z56 on September 22, 2018, 10:59:43 PM
Thanks for reading!

Any detail that is too sensitive to be shared in the magazine is too sensitive to be shared here. People in Lebanon can literally get into serious trouble for meeting with me.

You can always PM me
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Z56 on September 22, 2018, 10:59:57 PM
Donít know yet. Weíll see where Hashem leads me. Any ideas? PM me

Iran?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 11:01:36 PM
Iran?
Seems a bit risky these days.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: smart man on September 22, 2018, 11:28:32 PM
Are you halachically allowed to go to these countries?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on September 22, 2018, 11:32:11 PM
Donít know yet. Weíll see where Hashem leads me. Any ideas? PM me
Hezbollah- done.

ISIS-coming soon.
Hamas-coming soon.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on September 22, 2018, 11:34:49 PM
Are you halachically allowed to go to these countries?


Wrong thread
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 11:39:44 PM
Hezbollah- done.

ISIS-coming soon.
Hamas-coming soon.
ROFL
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 22, 2018, 11:40:35 PM
Are you halachically allowed to go to these countries?
Donít go Yeshivish on me...
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: yelped on September 22, 2018, 11:53:20 PM
As a non yeshivish Jew, I disagree with the insinuation that only Yeshivish people keep Halacha. :)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on September 23, 2018, 12:01:34 AM
Hezbollah- done.

ISIS-coming soon.
Hamas-coming soon.
Turx did Gaza already
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: chff on September 23, 2018, 12:18:26 AM
@bluestrings
Thanks for the fascinating AMI TR!!   8)
Glad everything worked out!
Very nice
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: smart man on September 23, 2018, 01:21:08 AM
Donít go Yeshivish on me...
You sound like a G-D fearing jew in your article, I'm just wondering if the whole trip was permitted.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on September 23, 2018, 03:27:12 AM
Iran?
@hershelsdeals was there already
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: BP16 on September 23, 2018, 11:55:00 AM
Thanks for reading!

Any detail that is too sensitive to be shared in the magazine is too sensitive to be shared here. People in Lebanon can literally get into serious trouble for meeting with me.
So post it on DDF I would think Hezbollah would read the AMI then search on DDF ;)
Anyway post some pictures that are not in the AMI and for people that dont take in the AMI in to there Homes.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on September 25, 2018, 09:49:59 PM
Thanks for reading!

Any detail that is too sensitive to be shared in the magazine is too sensitive to be shared here. People in Lebanon can literally get into serious trouble for meeting with me.

Read it yesterday, very cool! At least post some more pics, I assume you took way more then the few that were published.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on September 25, 2018, 10:00:44 PM
@bluestrings my father who was born and raised in Lebanon really liked your article (don't think he read the whole thing but he skimmed through) good job! It's on my to do list to read as well!
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on September 25, 2018, 10:31:40 PM
Just read it today. Great article! I was sweating reading it.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Theg on September 25, 2018, 11:29:02 PM
Wouldnít risk traveling with that passport in case they search him and find it
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on September 25, 2018, 11:30:08 PM
Wouldnít risk traveling with that passport in case they search him and find it
Yeah, just thought of that.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: 16guitar on September 25, 2018, 11:39:49 PM
Is the article available anywhere besides for AMI?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on September 25, 2018, 11:43:35 PM
Is the article available anywhere besides for AMI?

Maybe someone can post pictures of it?
I scanned through it on Y"T looked interesting, and I'd love to look at it a little more.
Has the big question been answered?
But, why?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on September 26, 2018, 01:00:39 AM
Great write up.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on September 26, 2018, 01:03:47 AM
Just finished reading!
You are a brave man!
I feel bad for your wife though.... she had to sit and hope for the best for those few days!! ;)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 02:47:33 AM
Is the article available anywhere besides for AMI?
No.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 02:47:58 AM
Great write up.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 02:48:56 AM
Just finished reading!
You are a brave man!
I feel bad for your wife though.... she had to sit and hope for the best for those few days!! ;)
It wasnít easy for her, but I was only in Lebanon for 31 hours.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 02:50:00 AM
Wouldnít risk traveling with that passport in case they search him and find it
I didnít travel with my old passport. Only took the new one without any stamps.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 02:51:20 AM
@bluestrings my father who was born and raised in Lebanon really liked your article (don't think he read the whole thing but he skimmed through) good job! It's on my to do list to read as well!
Thanks for reading! The fact that your father read it is especially meaningful to me, which city did he live in?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 02:52:07 AM
Just read it today. Great article! I was sweating reading it.
Thanks for the feedback! #nosweat
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on September 26, 2018, 04:54:46 AM
Donít go Yeshivish on me...
This comment is silly, stupid, and simpleminded.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on September 26, 2018, 06:49:17 AM
Thanks for reading! The fact that your father read it is especially meaningful to me, which city did he live in?
beirut
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 06:50:50 AM
As a non yeshivish Jew, I disagree with the insinuation that only Yeshivish people keep Halacha. :)
That was a joke, however I donít see any halachic issue with going there.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: chff on September 26, 2018, 08:47:54 AM
I didnít travel with my old passport. Only took the new one without any stamps.
And then entered Israel on a paper B2? You mentioned you had many visas from Israel
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on September 26, 2018, 12:03:36 PM
That was a joke, however I donít see any halachic issue with going there.
I can see how it may be an issue. It may be assur to put yourself in certain situations which are dangerous. Im not well versed in this area of halacha so I wont say more.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on September 26, 2018, 03:12:14 PM
I didnít travel with my old passport. Only took the new one without any stamps.

You had no issue exiting Israel without showing how you entered?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on September 26, 2018, 03:23:33 PM
You had no issue exiting Israel without showing how you entered?
I've done that once, no one said a word.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on September 26, 2018, 06:45:41 PM
You had no issue exiting Israel without showing how you entered?
Correct. People get new passports while in Israel. No biggie.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on September 26, 2018, 06:53:19 PM
Correct. People get new passports while in Israel. No biggie.
And no Israel exit stamp?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ExGingi on September 26, 2018, 06:55:18 PM
And no Israel exit stamp?
Didn't they stop stamping passports years ago. They just use the entry and exit slips after scanning the passport
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on September 26, 2018, 06:57:55 PM
Didn't they stop stamping passports years ago. They just use the entry and exit slips after scanning the passport
Yes now that I'm thinking no entry and exit stamp, it was visas that he had an issue with.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on September 26, 2018, 10:23:24 PM
I didnít travel with my old passport. Only took the new one without any stamps.
I'm surprised they didn't become suspicious of a brand new passport. Oh and bluestrings, how does it feel that u look like a Lebanese soldier  ;D
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on September 26, 2018, 10:30:28 PM
You were very lucky. Getting into Beirut airport (with a very jewish name) is something 'll never do. A Muslim Israeli from Haifa who has an Israeli passport and a German passport was arrested at the airport, accused of being an Israeli intelligence agent, was imprisoned in an underground cell for 12 years .  I think this happened in the early nineties. Anyway, I am glad you made it back safe.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mendy from lakewood on September 29, 2018, 08:37:53 PM
Read you article over shabbos! Very well written!
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on September 29, 2018, 09:26:57 PM
Read you article over shabbos! Very well written!
+1
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ruv on October 03, 2018, 02:35:08 AM
Had an amazing read.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 11, 2018, 01:27:31 AM
Wow very interesting:

Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on October 11, 2018, 09:38:06 AM
Did you visit Magen Abraham?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Traveler718 on October 11, 2018, 11:59:19 AM
It wasnít easy for her, but I was only in Lebanon for 31 hours.

Yeah, and Jamal Khashoggi was only in the Saudi embassy in Turkey for 2 hours. If you've got 15 specially trained Arab mercenaries looking for you, it doesn't take them long. Glad you lived to tell about it.

Did you ask a shaila about bentching gomel when you got out safely, and if so, what was the answer?

And can anybody take pictures of the article and post them here for the many of us who would love to read it but don't have the Ami Sukkos issue?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 11, 2018, 03:31:57 PM
Yeah, and Jamal Khashoggi was only in the Saudi embassy in Turkey for 2 hours. If you've got 15 specially trained Arab mercenaries looking for you, it doesn't take them long. Glad you lived to tell about it.

Did you ask a shaila about benching gomel when you got out safely, and if so, what was the answer?

And can anybody take pictures of the article and post them here for the many of us who would love to read it but don't have the Ami Sukkos issue?
+1 I think just getting in through airport passport control with a very  jewish name in itself is a miracle, when Lebanon was dominated by the Maronite christians it was different, they are fond of Israel since Sharon helped them in their war against palestinians and Lebanese muslims, but now I think the airport is under Hizballah .
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on October 16, 2018, 02:39:32 AM
Did you visit Magen Abraham?
Yes
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on January 08, 2019, 08:38:14 PM
Iím just gonna leave this here for yíall...
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on January 08, 2019, 08:48:00 PM
Iím just gonna leave this here for yíall...
im beginning to suspect ur really a double agent ;)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on January 08, 2019, 10:03:44 PM
im beginning to suspect ur really a double agent ;)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on January 08, 2019, 11:15:14 PM
Iím just gonna leave this here for yíall...

So the pic is in front of the Ritz. I just want to know if they accepted your free night cert purchased on DDF under somebody elseís also very Jewish name.  :P
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 08, 2019, 11:17:04 PM
So the pic is in front of the Ritz. I just want to know if they accepted your free night cert purchased on DDF under somebody elseís also very Jewish name. 
No need for a cert. The Ritz now offers free nights for opponents of the state.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on January 08, 2019, 11:18:45 PM
No need for a cert. The Ritz now offers free nights for opponents of the state.

True!  ;D
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Z56 on January 09, 2019, 12:19:28 AM
Wondering what else is up your sleeve
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Moshe123 on January 09, 2019, 12:26:30 AM
Saudi Arabia is totally safe for an American.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on January 09, 2019, 12:32:55 AM
Used to have a co worked who always flew to Riyadh for work, no big deal it's kinda like going to Dubai but more extreme'ish.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ItzikF on January 09, 2019, 05:09:38 PM
Iím just gonna leave this here for yíall...
@bluestrings  Wow you have some guts. Just read ur article cant wait for the continuation next week 8) 8)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on January 19, 2019, 06:36:58 PM
U wrote that ur prob the only Jew in Saudi Arabia, isnít there an active shul there?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on January 19, 2019, 06:47:54 PM
JC Tallis for havdallah? Never seen that before... unless you are wearing it for the effect.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on January 19, 2019, 08:05:59 PM
What is the big deal of going to Saudi Arabia?

There are even cerified Koshe plants there and any jew who has another passport then Israeli can go there without any issue.

I was about to go but started dating right before my trip. hopefully will go one day
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ash on January 20, 2019, 01:41:21 AM
i have a small connection in Beirut with a family i do a bit of business with ....
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on January 21, 2019, 05:44:59 AM
Yes it is legal. You can get a 2nd passport too. Itís pretty simple.
When you get a second passport does it expire in just 2 years? When the first one does? Or you have another 10 years?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on February 12, 2019, 06:58:19 PM
Iím just gonna leave this here for yíall...
where can I buy this getup here in the U.S.? Looking to wear it on Purim...
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on March 11, 2019, 06:13:22 PM
U wrote that ur prob the only Jew in Saudi Arabia, isnít there an active shul there?
No Shul. No Jewish community.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on March 11, 2019, 06:13:45 PM
JC Tallis for havdallah? Never seen that before... unless you are wearing it for the effect.
It was cold in my room.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on March 11, 2019, 06:16:08 PM
What is the big deal of going to Saudi Arabia?

There are even cerified Koshe plants there and any jew who has another passport then Israeli can go there without any issue.

I was about to go but started dating right before my trip. hopefully will go one day
As I stated in the article, there is no issue with visiting Saudi Arabia s a Jew, the issue is, that Saudi Arabia is impossible to visit. They simply  DO NOT issue visas to anyone, other than Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca or foreign businessman which are extremely difficult to obtain. Good luck getting a visa!
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on March 11, 2019, 06:16:37 PM
When you get a second passport does it expire in just 2 years? When the first one does? Or you have another 10 years?
It expires after four years.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on March 11, 2019, 06:17:30 PM
where can I buy this getup here in the U.S.? Looking to wear it on Purim...
Iíve seen it on eBay. Not familiar with any local stores selling it.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on March 11, 2019, 06:43:49 PM
Iíve seen it on eBay. Not familiar with any local stores selling it.
was just looking at them now there... thanx
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on April 09, 2019, 03:34:20 PM
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on April 09, 2019, 06:47:48 PM
Whatís with all the location changes
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 09, 2019, 07:00:17 PM
Probably for security

I love the part where heís like ďI canít wait to go backĒ

Iím sure they are saying we canít wait until you come back too
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on April 09, 2019, 07:15:24 PM
Probably for security

I love the part where heís like ďI canít wait to go backĒ

Iím sure they are saying we canít wait until you come back too

Please enlighten me about the security benefit of having multiple locations besides for just filming in 1 or 2 public spaces
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 09, 2019, 07:23:16 PM
Please enlighten me about the security benefit of having multiple locations besides for just filming in 1 or 2 public spaces
i have no clue I was just guessing
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on April 09, 2019, 07:30:55 PM
Whatís with all the location changes
I thought it was just a cool effect for the video.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on April 09, 2019, 08:20:01 PM
Wow https://cedarnews.net/bbc/47466/
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 09, 2019, 09:29:38 PM
I loved his video, especially how he tells all the people bashing him to visit Israel like he visited Saudi!
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on April 09, 2019, 09:48:29 PM
I thought it was just a cool effect for the video.
For me it was just too much movement.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on April 10, 2019, 02:43:24 AM
His Saudi trip made headlines in Arab media, no mention of his trip to Lebanon which in my opinion is more newsworthy, since Lebanon is a much much riskier destination he had the guts to do, Hezbollah ---
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on April 10, 2019, 03:39:57 AM
As I stated in the article, there is no issue with visiting Saudi Arabia s a Jew, the issue is, that Saudi Arabia is impossible to visit. They simply  DO NOT issue visas to anyone, other than Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca or foreign businessman which are extremely difficult to obtain. Good luck getting a visa!

It seems to be pretty easy to get a transit visa while flying on Saudi Airlines
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on April 10, 2019, 09:18:02 PM
It seems to be pretty easy to get a transit visa while flying on Saudi Airlines
Also business visas are easy, of course these are not for everyone.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on April 17, 2019, 04:54:45 PM
Be forewarned...

https://onemileatatime.com/israeli-sticker-passport/ (https://onemileatatime.com/israeli-sticker-passport/)
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on April 17, 2019, 06:26:39 PM
Be forewarned...

https://onemileatatime.com/israeli-sticker-passport/ (https://onemileatatime.com/israeli-sticker-passport/)

Just read this, people should not think that Lebanon is just another Dubai.
Title: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: Theg on April 17, 2019, 11:04:03 PM
I just got this on my trip to Dubai. For all those that are afraid to go bec they have Israeli stamps..
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on April 18, 2019, 12:51:14 AM
https://onemileatatime.com/israeli-sticker-passport/
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on April 18, 2019, 04:00:51 AM
Be forewarned...

https://onemileatatime.com/israeli-sticker-passport/ (https://onemileatatime.com/israeli-sticker-passport/)

They could have easily googled him up and saw he went to Israel.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on April 18, 2019, 09:26:30 AM
I always remove all stickers from suitcases and back of passport. Just a habit. HE should have been smarter then that.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on May 31, 2019, 03:25:31 AM
It seems to be pretty easy to get a transit visa while flying on Saudi Airlines
How so?
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on May 31, 2019, 03:26:44 AM
Also business visas are easy, of course these are not for everyone.
They are not easy at all. Tried that many times.
Title: Re: Lebanon Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on May 31, 2019, 09:26:20 AM
His Saudi trip made headlines in Arab media, no mention of his trip to Lebanon which in my opinion is more newsworthy, since Lebanon is a much much riskier destination he had the guts to do, Hezbollah ---
Agreed.