Israel U.S. Embassy Alert

Updated on 19 November 2019





The Situation:

On 18 November 2019, following the announcement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

indicating the United States was softening its position on Israel’s Jewish settlements, the

U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem released a security alert:


The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in or considering travel to or through Jerusalem, the

West Bank, or Gaza to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to

increase their security awareness in light of the current environment. Individuals and

groups opposed to the Secretary of State’s recent announcement may target U.S.

government facilities, U.S. private interests, and U.S. citizens. Potential targets include

public events, such as demonstrations, holiday events, and celebratory gatherings; hotels,

clubs, and restaurants popular with U.S. citizens; places of worship; schools; shopping

malls and markets; tourism infrastructure; public transportation and airports.


U.S. citizens should carefully consider risks to their personal safety and security at sites and

events that are potential targets. In addition, U.S. citizens in the West Bank, Gaza, and

Jerusalem should avoid non-essential movements and events that attract attention. U.S.

citizens should carefully consider risks to their personal safety and security at sites and

events that are potential targets.


The U.S. government currently prohibits travel by U.S. government employees to the

entirety of the West Bank, including Jericho and Bethlehem, as well as to Jerusalem’s Old

City, its immediate vicinity, and its gates. This includes the portions of routes 1, 443, and 90

that pass through the West Bank. Demonstration and other conflicts are possible in and

around the above-mentioned locations


Mitigating Measures to Consider Applying:

  • Travel with caution

  • Avoid travel in the West Bank, including Bethlehem and Jericho, as well as the portions of routes 1, 443, and 90 that traverse the West Bank

  • Avoid travel to the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem’s Old City and its gates

  • Avoid travel to or in the vicinity of Gaza

  • Limit additional overland travel

  • Remain aware of your surroundings

  • Avoid all demonstrations, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities

  • Enroll in a smart traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred 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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