Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Jerusalem

Event:  Security Alert

The U.S. Embassy is monitoring ongoing violent clashes in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods and in the West Bank.

During the rest of the high holiday period (through October 17), there will be increased security, road closures, long lines, and heavy traffic congestion in Jerusalem.  In response to threats, Israeli Security Forces (ISF) are being deployed in heavier than usual numbers throughout Israel, but mainly concentrated in Jerusalem near the Old City area.  U.S. citizens traveling or touring during this period should expect impromptu roadblocks, inspection and screening areas, and road closures.

During times of unrest, including this coming long weekend, the U.S. Embassy may impose short-term restrictions on the movement of their employees and family members as the situation warrants.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in the Old City, particularly around the Damascus, Lion’s, and Herod’s gates.  Damascus Gate remains off limits to U.S. government employees and their family members.

As security incidents often take place without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.   The security environment is complex and can change quickly depending on the political situation and recent events.

The State Department’s Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza International Travel Information ( is linked here for your information and reference.

U.S. citizens should take this into consideration when planning their own activities.