The US State Department has released an updated travel advisory for citizens visiting Jerusalem.
“US citizens should remain vigilant while traveling throughout Jerusalem, including in commercial and downtown areas of West Jerusalem.
“Spontaneous or planned protests within the Old City are possible, especially after Friday prayers. Some of these protests have led to violent clashes. Travelers should exercise caution at religious sites on holy days, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, it says.”
The travel advisory speaks volumes regarding the State Department’s attitude vis-à-vis Israel, simply as it includes the advisory together with an advisory pertaining to Yehuda and Shomron, as well as addressing rocket fire from Gaza. It instills fears in the eyes of American citizens contemplating a visit to Jerusalem, and interestingly, does not warn regarding a visit to nations including Syria and Egypt, despite the violence and warfare seen in those countries over recent months.
The alert addresses areas of eastern Jerusalem which are indeed more risky due to Arab violence, but then includes the Western capital, generalizing at the expense of Jerusalem’s reputation.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)