Americans in Israel warned to ‘keep low profile’ after embassy move announcement
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Americans in Israel warned to ‘keep low profile’ after embassy move announcement

Diplomats banned from traveling in West Bank following US notice that embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May

View of the US Consulate in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, February 24, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
View of the US Consulate in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, February 24, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The US diplomatic mission in Israel urged Americans there to “keep a low profile” following last week’s announcement that the US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May.

American diplomats in Israel were prohibited from official travel in the West Bank starting Wednesday, the US Consulate General in Jerusalem announced. The Consulate General also is prohibiting employees and their family members from personal travel in the West Bank.

The mission issued a warning to American citizens to avoid anticipated demonstrations and anti-American protests over the embassy announcement last Friday by the State Department, and to “exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.”

A plethora of Palestinian groups have called for demonstrations to protest the embassy decision.

The embassy will relocate from Tel Aviv in May to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary, instead of sometime in 2019 as previously announced. It will first be located in the consulate general building in the Arnona neighborhood, with a new building to be constructed in the coming years.

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