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Demonstration Alert- Israel

Updated on 14 May 2019

The Situation:

Palestinians and civil society groups are expected to hold commemoration events and protests throughout Israel, West Bank, and the Gaza Strip on Nakba Day on Wednesday, 15 May, to commemorate the exodus of Palestinians in 1948.

Nakba Day is officially commemorated on 15 May, but specific Palestinian villages typically observe the Nakba at specific times and dates throughout the week.

Protest marches, demonstrations, speeches, and other events are expected in Israel, West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Heightened security measures are likely, including road closures, checkpoints, increased screening at ports of entry and airports, and associated disruptions.

In Gaza, civil society groups have called for a day-long strike and large demonstrations to commemorate Nakba and protest the Israeli blockade and fishing restrictions. Protests at the Israeli-Gazan border are also likely, particularly on Wednesday. Clashes between protesters and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are possible.

Possible Effects:

  • Blocked roads due to demonstration or police blockades

  • Increased police and military presence

  • Significant traffic delays and detours

  • Longer wait times at checkpoints

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Adhere to police and military direction and avoid areas where authority is present

  • Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Allow extra time at airport due to increased security checks

  • Allow extra time for passing through checkpoints

  • Take bypasses and highways

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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