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Israel Demonstration Alert

Updated on 8 July 2019

The Situation:

Reported incidents of police brutality have sparked demonstrations/riots over the past

week and a half in northern and central Israel. Notably in Haifa, Tel Aviv and surrounding

areas, including within close proximity to Ben Gurion Airport, Kiryat Haim, Kiryat Ata,

Kiryat Ono, Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon, Rehovot, Yavne and Rishon Lezion.

Several of the demonstrations quickly erupted into dangerous riots, which included a

vehicle arson attack, the burning of a Tel Aviv building, and the burning of tires in major

roadways in and around Tel Aviv and outside a Haifa police department. Rioters have also

reportedly thrown Molotov cocktails and rocks at police officers.

Major roadways have been blocked by large crowds, including the Azrieli intersection in

Tel Aviv due to a vehicle arson attack. Demonstrators have also reportedly attempted

blocking routes to the Ben Gurion Airport.

More than 100 police have been injured, over 100 civilians have been arrested and there

have been reports of teargas and rubber bullets being fired as crowd dispersal methods,

leaving several with injuries.

Ongoing demonstrations are expected throughout the week.

Depicted below in the maps are the locations where demonstrations (yellow runner) have

been reported in Northern and Central Israel as well as reported arson attacks (orange


Possible Effects:

  • Blocked roads due to protests/riots

  • Extreme traffic delays (can last several hours)

  • Potential arson attacks

  • Property/structural damage

  • Increased presence of law enforcement and military – use of teargas and rubber bullets possible

  • Increase in outbreaks of violence in bigger cities

  • Increased traffic, especially near city centers and government buildings

  • Protests and demonstrations, which may flare in the evenings and after Friday prayers

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

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

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Avoid traveling through city centers, utilizing bypasses where available

  • Follow directions of local law enforcement and IDF (military troops)

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. Call the authorities: Emergency Services – 100

  • 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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