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Posts Tagged ‘Travel Advisory’

US Warns Americans Away From Golan Heights, Upper Galilee

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv is warning Americans against traveling to the Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee.

The travel advisory issued Saturday followed rocket fire from Syria on Thursday that struck northern Israel.

“Due to the launching of rockets from Syria toward Israel and other cross-border activity in northeastern Israel and northern Golan Heights on August 20 and 21, we urge US citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel in the Upper Galilee area of northern Israel… until the situation stabilizes.”

Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries have been deployed in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva in southern Israel as well, due to the possibility of rocket fire emanating from Gaza as well.

Two of the rockets fired at Israel on Thursday exploded in the Galilee Panhandle, and two others landed in the Golan Heights. Fires were ignited in open fields in both regions as a result.

The IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in retaliation for the rocket fire. The IDF struck the central Golan Heights region on the Syrian side late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force.

The rocket fire was launched by an Islamic Jihad terror group, funded by Iran, according to the IDF Spokesperson, who added the attack was an infringement on Israeli sovereignty.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Travel Advisory for Hong Kong

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Israeli citizens are being advised by the government to be cautious about travel to Hong Kong at present due to large pro-democracy demonstrations and clashes with police.

Those Israelis who are already in Hong Kong are being warned to stay away from areas with crowds and avoid locations where clashes are taking place, according to Channel 2 News.

Jewish Press News Briefs

US State Dept. Continues Stiff Travel Warings in Israel

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

U.S. government employees are forbidden from traveling anywhere on personal business in Judea and Samaria except for Bethlehem and Jericho, according to the government’s latest travel advisory.

In language softer than previous warnings that scared the dickens out of anyone even thinking of visiting Israel, the advisory pointed out, “Over three million foreign citizens, including hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens, safely visit Israel and the West Bank each year for study, tourism, and business. The Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority make considerable efforts to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations. Nonetheless, U.S. citizens should also take into consideration the rules governing travel by U.S. government employees.”

For example, “U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use public buses anywhere in Israel or the West Bank due to past attacks on public transportation.”

That limitation was reinforced after a bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv late last year in which passengers were miraculously saved by quick thinking of a passenger and the bus driver, who evacuated everyone moments before the bomb left on the bus by a terrorist exploded.

According to that logic, Americans should stay off Interstate 81 in Maryland and Pennsylvania because of last month’s murder of a 28-year-old man who was gunned down on the highway near the border between the two states.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Syria Issues Travel Advisory Against Travel to Turkey

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Syrian government issued a travel advisory today to Syrian citizens, warning them against traveling to Turkey, for their own safety, according the Syrian government’s official news site, SANA.

The Syrian foreign ministry warned its citizens about the deteriorating security situation in several Turkish cities, and the escalating protest violence between the Turkish government and Turkish protesters.

Syria even called on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to stop the violent repression of the protesters, and if he can’t, then to resign.

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry advises the Syrian citizens against traveling to Turkey during this period for fear for their safety, due to the security conditions in some Turkish cities that have deteriorated over the past days and the violence practiced by Erdogan’s government against peaceful protesters.

The advisory is similar to the one that Turkey published against travel to Syria.

The Syrian civil war has left 80,000 people dead. Turkey, which shares a border with Syria, has taken in a few hundred thousand Syrian refugees who fled from the violence.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israelis Warned ‘Don’t Go Back to Egypt for Passover’

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Israeli National Security Council’s counterterrorism bureau has warned Israelis and other tourists and businessmen to stay away from the terror-infested Sinai Peninsula, especially during Passover.

The Counter Terrorism Bureau has posted 33 warnings that terrorists, including those who take orders from Hizbullah, are roaming the world on the prowl for victims, especially Israelis.

Warnings also were posted against traveling to tourist sites, and terrorist hotspots’, such as Indonesia and Malaysia as well as the more popularly known terrorist favorites of Yemen, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Sudan and Algeria.

“According to our information, there continues to exist threats of revenge against Israelis abroad, especially businessmen and former government officials,” according to the Bureau.

It added that terrorists want to kidnap victims as well as murder them. “There have been multiple kidnappings in the Sinai of U.S. citizens over the past four years, and kidnappings of foreign tourists in the Sinai have increased since January 2012.

“Overland travel from Israel to the Sinai in particular is strongly discouraged.”

It added, “Hizbullah blames Israel publicly for the death of Imad Mughniyeh,” the Hizbullah mastermind terroroist who was assassinated in 2008, presumably by Mossad agents.

The Bureau reminded travelers that Iran has accused Israel of being responsible for the deaths of eight nuclear scientists.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Thailand Nabs One Hizbollah Terrorist, Manhunt On For Another

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

In the wake of the arrest of an Hizbollah operative on Friday, the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau has issued a travel advisory warning to Israelis to avoid traveling to Bangkok, and advised those already there to avoid areas commonly frequented by Israelis.

Thailand’s Defense Minister stated that two terrorists planned to perpetrate “car bomb attacks against important locations such as the Israeli Embassy, synagogues, Israeli tour companies and restaurants visited by Israelis.” The attacks were expected to occur around February 12, the anniversary of the assassination of Hizbollah chief Imad Mughniyeh.

“A manhunt is still underway after the additional suspects,which means the threat still exists and the travel advisory is still in force,” a Thai source said. But a Thai intelligence official said that the second suspect has fled the country.

Jewish Press Staff

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