Prior to my travels in Israel (or Palestine), almost all my knowledge of this region has come from the media and bible. Naively, I approach it like any country, which it is not. This is a heavily disputed place where politics, history and religion are almost one and the same.

My first taste comes during an overnight stay in Amman; the capital city of Jordan. By chance, I share a dinner table with four ladies from the Gaza Strip. Eager to make conversation, I tell them I am going to Israel tomorrow. After a moment's hesitation, one lady states, "Don’t say Israel. It’s Palestine."

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