Security Updates

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jerusalem is calm, and restrictions on student and Center personnel travel to the Old City and East Jerusalem have been lifted, effective Thursday morning Jerusalem time.

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The US government intends to formally open the US Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, which is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. (Note that this is largely symbolic since the US has a small consulate building in Jerusalem -- to be designated the embassy -- but does not have an actual embassy building and complex that would house the hundreds of employees now working at the embassy in Tel Aviv.)  May 15 has been designated by Palestinians as a day of remembrance of what they term "the catastrophe".

It is still unclear how this will develop but unrest is highly likely on both the 14th and 15th. There will be a general strike in East Jerusalem and schools will be closed. There are some concerns about anti American sentiment, although this has not been an issue since the official presidential statement about Jerusalem last fall.

On Monday May 14, students and faculty will be on a field trip in the Negev in the south. They will be back in Jerusalem in the evening in time for dinner which will be followed by FHE. On Tuesday May 15 students will be in class for most of the day until dinner.

The Old City and East Jerusalem will be off limits to students and Center personnel on both the 14th and 15th and perhaps beyond due to potential unrest. Travel to the Christian Quarter in the Old City will be considered later as circumstances might permit.

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Due to heightened tension in the northern region and suspicious military activity in Syria, on May 8 the US Embassy issued a travel alert asking US citizens “to consider carefully travel to the Golan Heights until the situation stabilizes. While students do travel to the Golan Heights when studying in the Galilee, the Spring/Summer 2018 Program students will not be in the Galilee until late July and early August.