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Lukas Pasman and girlfriend Niki Jonker in Abraham Hostel Jerusalem. "We were surprised by how expensive it is here," says Pasman. Olivier Fitoussi

What Really Shocks Backpackers Visiting the Holy Land

Haaretz meets up with some foreign tourists to find out what brought them to Israel, what they think of the country - and why one man decided to walk from France to Jerusalem.

They wanted to see where Jesus lived and died, or to visit an exotic location not too far from home, or to reconnect with Israelis they had met previously. Some took brief vacations from work; others were on a...

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