Hi, since this subject has been coming up from time to time, I would like to share with you:
Last year, a befriended couple with whom we have been traveling a lot in recent years (both of them Christians - or rather not belonging to any religion at all...) suggested us to visit Israel together. My first reaction was: No way! Having heard so many stories about bad treatment of Muslims by the Israeli authorities, I did not want to spoil our vaccation.
But then, slowly, we started reading guide books, making plans... And eventually, our frineds convinced us to make the booking.
When we arrived at Tel Aviv Airport, we stood in line at the passport control. When it was our turn, the lady in the booth looked into our passports (there were a few lebanese stamps) and made a phone call. A police officer appeared who politely asked us to follow him. They brought us to a special room, and I thought: "There we are. The stories I heard ARE true." The officer asked us what we had been doing in Lebanon. First, I wanted to give some kind of snub answer, but then I took a deep breath, decided to stay calm and explained that we went there for family visits. He asked us about the places we had visited and about the purpose of our visit in Israel. We decided to stay calm and to reply as precisely as possible. The officer went away with our passports, and another lady officer appeared who asked us the very same questions. Again, I was tempted to become agitated and to ask why she was asking the same questions all over again - but again, I decided to stay calm and to respond only to the questions. The lady started typing something into her computer, and I was wondering what would follow. But then - to our big surprise - she gave us a broad smile, handed over our passports and said: "Welcome to Israel!" - We passed through the gate, and our friends were waiting outside. All of this took just a little more than half an hour!
In Israel, we visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Akko, Haifa, and the Sea of Galilee. I prayed at the Al Aksa Mosque in jerusalem and at the Al-Jezzar-Mosque in Acre. There were so many Muslims around that we simply did not stand out... Everyone in Israel was very friendly - Jews, Muslims, Christians... It was the vacation of our lifetime!! There was only one occasion when an Israeli teenager in Jerusalem spoke to us in a rude way. But things like this happen in Berlin all the time...
When we left, we had to answer many questions of the airport security again. And again, there were two officers asking exactly the same stuff. Sounds stupid, but again, we decided to remember our good manenrs and to reply politely and precisely. Thus, there was no problem and everything went smoothly.
We will certainly travel to Israel again!