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U.S. Bans Travel to Old City of Jerusalem on Friday

The US Government has forbidden government personnel from visiting the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday, and is restricting their travel within Judea and Samaria too (no information if that restriction includes Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Gilo and Har Homa).
Protest in Ramallah on September 11, 2012

Protest in Ramallah on September 11, 2012
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The US Government has forbidden government personnel from visiting the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday, and is restricting their travel within Judea and Samaria too (no information if that restriction also includes Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Gilo and Har Homa).

The US also recommends that all US citizens stay far away from (presumably Arab) demonstrations today, as they expect they may get violent.

Consulate General of the United States of America

JERUSALEM                               September 14, 2012

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations in the Old City

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens that due to the possibility of demonstrations on Friday, September 14, the Old City of Jerusalem is off-limits to U.S. Government personnel that day.

U.S. citizens are advised to defer non-essential travel to the Old City and to generally exercise an extra measure of caution.

We remind U.S. citizens that due to the possibility of demonstrations throughout the West Bank, the U.S. Consulate General has limited both official and personal travel in the West Bank until further notice.

U.S. citizens are advised to defer non-essential travel to, and within, the West Bank and to exercise an extra measure of caution.

We also take this opportunity to remind U.S. citizens that demonstrations, even peaceful ones, can turn violent with little or no warning.  U.S. citizens should be aware of their surroundings at all times, and avoid large crowds.

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7 Responses to “U.S. Bans Travel to Old City of Jerusalem on Friday”

  1. Grace Acosta says:

    Is that guy in front threatening to attack with a pita bread? 0_o

  2. in the US there is a random shooting of innocent people by crazies at least once every week , so I suggest to Israelis not to visit here – it is too dangerous.

  3. How Sad the world has become that one cannot visit Jerusalem on Shabbat & Yom Kippur.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    It is not a prohibition, it is advice. As we saw a few days ago in Libya, Americans can be targeted by Arab mobs even when the government is friendly to the US.

  5. Alan Kardon says:

    It is a sad state of affairs when all we do is hide from terrorists. Why are we not offering strong support to open up this city for the Sabbath and Rosh Hoshanah.

  6. Anya Khan says:

    Yet the Pres has not stopped one dime going to the terrorist leaders.

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