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Israeli tourist’s behavior

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1. Posted by Skinbo (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Israeli tourist’s behavior is famous throughout the world. Why?

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

I've only met a few, but from my interpretation they seem to have a lot of passion, vigour and 'live life to the fullest' attitude about them.

I remember one time I spent an evening in Mumbai (Leopold's cafe, incidently) with 2 Israelis and had some quite heated conversation about their spot in the world and what they believe in - it was amazing to see their passion about this, where in Oz we are generally so laid back about everything

I also met another Israeli in Nepal that was at a bar dancing around with 2 tennis balls in stockings, had a chat to him, and the next night he was pretending to be deaf, quite a crazy/funny fellow!

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

Well, they can be quite irritating when travelling in large groups indeed. But that is with more nationalities.

But I met a few in New Zealand and Bolivia travelling alone or with two people, and they were ok to me. Guess they are just human beings like all of us, but with a certain historical background and different place in the world.

4. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 8y

95% of them ive met are rude,arrogant,noisy and disrespectful.
South America is full of them because its cheap and a few times while i was their i just wished i was back home due to the reasons i stated.They have no time for other travellers and are a nightmare to put up with.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4938 posts) 8y

*raises eyebrows* There isn't a single nationality of travellers I'd describe in such a way. (The closest would be the Dutch and English, and even there it's realistically only the loud 1% which ruin it for everyone else.)
The few times Israeli travellers have stood out of the crowd enough for me to learn they were Israeli, they were always courteous and made for good company.

I do agree with Utrecht that people of pretty much every single nationality are irritating when they're travelling in a large group together. I don't know if it's the large group which makes people irritating or if people who tend to travel in large groups (as opposed to independently) tend to be more irritating, but either way, yeah, they often don't mesh.

(I also find it interesting that Skinbo said "famous" (rather than "infamous"), and that this very quickly was interpreted as being meant negatively...)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 6, 2008, at 4:06 PM by Sander ]

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 8y

Quoting Erik85

I also met another Israeli in Nepal that was at a bar dancing around with 2 tennis balls in stockings, had a chat to him, and the next night he was pretending to be deaf, quite a crazy/funny fellow!

Sounds like an interesting bloke!

7. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

I agree that any big groups, no matter their nationality can be annoying and loud!

In the two years we have been away I have to say we haven't really directly encountered that many Israelis - maybe on 3 occasions.

The first time was in a hostel in Mendoza and the owner as we came through the reception area was saying 'the room price is 60 for a double, that's the price take it or leave it no haggling allowed, I know what you Israelis are like!'

The second time was a guy on a bus who was boasting that he got a room for US$2, but there wasn't a bed or a bathroom he just had to sleep on the floor and go to the toilet in a bucket!

The third time was a rude experience for me. There was a group of 3 girls who very rudely turned to each other, started talking in Hebrew to each other and ignored me while I was in the middle of a conversation with (asking for tour operator recommendations). I asked them again for their help and they turned their backs on me!

The majority of other travellers we have met have said Israelis have a reputation of being 'cheap charlies' for everything and will haggle all the time, they are loud and can be very rude to other non-Israelis. But as we haven't met many personally and only seen groups of Israelis from a distance, we can't really comment on these perceptions.

Equally though, every nationality can have these traits when travelling.

Skinbo - why do you ask this question is it through experience or from what other people have told you?

8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Quoting Skinbo

Israeli tourist’s behavior is famous throughout the world. Why?

I really take offence to that remark
Australian tourist's behaviour should be the only benchmark on this site.
As for the poor denigrated Israelis tourists, I can only recall coming across them twice in my travels.

First time - Koh Samui when I has seen my sister off at the airport on her way back to Hong Kong in 1997 and I adjourned to the bar/restaurant of Montein House to drink away the remaining hours before I flew to BK and home to Perth.
There were 2 Israeli guys and the most drop-dead gorgeous woman (presumably Israeli) I have ever had the privilege to hairy-eyeball. Her mane of jet-black hair was awesome.

Second time - Coupla days in Dahab in 2003, came back from restauranting down the main drag and found that some Israeli tourist had parked his car (Fiat I fink with Israel flag prominent on licence plate) about 5 metres from our room door. Questionable thoughts did run through my mind at the time but the consumed vino collapso smoothed any concerns I had.

9. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 8y

This is a post that is not just hinting, but is downright stereotypical, bordering on being anti-semitic ( refering to Israelis as rude, arorgant and implying they are cheap).

I have seen good and bad traits and qualities in Americans, Germans, Canadians, English, Dutch, Belgians, Swiss etc etc etc etc etc... (Though I can't recall meeting an uptight or difficult Aussie.. but I don't want to be guilty of the same generalizations that I find offensive and inappropriate here-- I am sure there are some out there. )

We should strive to be a bit more progressive and get over these inappropriate generalizations. Every one is an individual and we should try not to fall into these traps.