dear tasbeha friends, can i please have some advice?
i saw something on another topic saying copts are not allowed by the pope to go to jerusalem.
is this true? why?
i ask because a very close friend is getting married in israel this year (to a Christian 'Messianic' jew) and we are invited and it will be terrible to not go. i don't know if we will be going to jerusalem in our travels, i was hoping to go there and to also visit friends in palestine.
several years ago, i was on holiday in what appeared to be the noisiest part of cyprus and escaped by doing a 1-day trip to israel (we went because of the cheap last minute price and the 2 nights of peace on the cruise ship), and the tourist trip was rather unsatisfactory. we were just 1 large group out of about a hundred large groups being squashed down the same streets and spending 5 to 10 mins each in various churches about which the secular israeli tour guide knew nothing (i have since read up on those places!). so i was hoping to see a few places in more detail (churches, synagogues, mosques, museums) and have some useful conversations with all the different people we know there about their situation.
so is that a problem? or is it just egyptians who are not supposed to go?
also i've heard that having an israeli stamp on your passport means you can't go to some other countries. is that true? on the cyprus tour they just hold your passports for the day, they don't stamp them. so i don't currently have a stamp.
thank you for your help, may God remind us daily of the joy of the ressurection feast :)