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Published on January 9th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

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10 FACTY THINGS ABOUT ISRAEL

 

Keen on visiting Israel? Here’s some reasons why it’s more than just the Holy Land…

1. PULP FICTION

Israel’s national library is home to a hidden collection of ‘Stalags’ – vintage, Nazi-themed pornographic paperbacks popular with Israeli youth in the 1960s

2. ANCIENT CHURCH

Jerusalem is home to the oldest protestant church in the Middle East

3. AQUATIC ENTRÉE

Eilat is home to the Red Sea Star – an underwater restaurant

4. PEACE OUT

The independent state of Akhzivland (population 2) was formed when a peace-loving, Iranian-born Jew successfully fought the Israeli government to be able to set up his own peaceful micronation

5. IMMOVABLE LADDER

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre is home to a ladder which hasn’t been moved since the mid-1800s due to a longstanding, curious argument between religious factions

6. FOOT TRAFFIC ONLY

Driving a car through West Jerusalem’s ultraorthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood is illegal during Shabbat (Friday-Saturday night)

7. PROMISED LAND

More than 75% of Israel’s population are Jewish

8. EVERYTHING’S KOSHER

Importation of non-kosher foods is prohibited in Israel

9. MODEL RULES

In 2013, Israel banned the use of underweight models in advertisements, with models now having to be have a body mass index of more than 18.5 to comply

10. MCKOSHER

Israel is home to the world’s first Kosher McDonald’s outlet

 

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