Pro-Palestinian demonstrations are likely to occur in major cities in the coming days and weeks amid ongoing violence between Israel and Palestinian Territories. Protests are particularly likely near Israeli diplomatic missions and other associated sites, including mosques, temples, and monuments, as well as Arab, Muslim, and Jewish population centers.
Participation may reach into the thousands. Law enforcement or other security elements may be present to monitor and facilitate any demonstrations. Large numbers of people and associated crowd-control measures, including road closures and movement restrictions, could lead to localized traffic disruptions. Public transport in the vicinity could also be disrupted or diverted. Law enforcement may also move to disperse any protesters who become violent or those who gather in violation of ongoing COVID-19-related restrictions.
Gatherings and protests are scheduled throughout the world and will likely increase in numbers as the weekend approaches. Consider enrolling in a Safe Traveler program from your preferred embassy to receive demonstration notifications and other warnings.
Below is a non-comprehensive list of upcoming demonstrations:
• Protest or demonstrations, especially near government buildings and city centers
• Presence of counter protesters
• Large groups of people which may devolve into riots and violence, especially after dark
• Disruptions to public transportation and businesses where protests are being held
• Increased traffic congestion in the vicinity of protests
• Increased presence of security, law enforcement, media and other personnel
Mitigating Factors to Apply:
• Avoid large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent and may also serve as a catalyst for COVID-19 spread
• Should you choose to protest, ensure you maintain active situational awareness and be alert for changes that could impact your safety
• Practice social distancing or wear a mask when it cannot be maintained
• If detained, adhere to the instructions of local authorities
• Abide by local laws and restrictions
• Allow extra time for travel
• Avoid travel after dark, when civil unrest tends to escalate
• Prepare for disruptions caused by protests
• Monitor local and social media for updates
• Enroll in a Safe Traveler program as appropriate to receive warnings from your preferred embassy
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