Good morning. The Consulate General in Jerusalem has sent out this Warden Message to registered American Citizens in its consular district. Embassy Tel Aviv provides it to you as a courtesy for your information:
The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem warns all American citizens in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza to exercise extreme caution in light of the announcement of results in the January 25, 2006, Palestinian Legislative Council elections. Public reaction to the election results may result in demonstrations that could become violent, and there are significant risks of injury from celebratory gunfire. The Consulate General has no information indicating a specific threat to American citizens or interests, but, as with any major public event, outbreaks of violence or terrorism are possible during the period following announcement of the election results.
We remind American citizens of the current travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza available at http://travel.state.gov. The Department of State continues to urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Israel, to defer unnecessary travel to the West Bank, and to avoid all travel to Gaza. American citizens who choose to remain in these areas despite the warning should maintain a low profile, vary their daily schedules and routines, avoid public gatherings and crowded places, and remain alert for people and objects that appear suspicious or out of place.
As the U.S. Government develops information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its consular information program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza may contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General at 27 Nablus Road in Jerusalem. The telephone number is (972)(2) 622-7200. The number only for emergency purposes after normal business hours is (972)(2) 622-7250. U.S. citizens in Israel can contact Embassy Tel Aviv via the Embassy switchboard at 03-519-7551 at any time. The Embassy is located at 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv, Israel 63903.
For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8;00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Friday, January 27, 2006
Thank you, Uncle Sam
I am a dual American-Israeli citizen, and I've duly registered with the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. Today they sent me this e-mail, which is the first one I've ever received from them in the 17 years I've lived in Israel: