U.S. Issues Warning to Citizens Ahead of Nakba Day

Consulate urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution on May 15, citing past Nakba Day demonstrations that have turned violent.

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A Palestinian demonstrator stands on a burnt-out car on Nakba Day, 2011.
A Palestinian demonstrator stands on a burnt-out car on Nakba Day, 2011.Credit: AP

The U.S. Consulate urged citizens to exercise caution ahead of Nakba Day on Friday, citing "the possibility of demonstrations within Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza."

In a statement issued Wednesday, the consulate said that some Nakba Day demonstrations in the past "have become violent," and urged U.S. citizens to "be aware of [their] surroundings at all times, monitor the media, and avoid demonstrations and other crowds as events can turn violent without warning."

The consulate also recommended U.S. citizens "traveling to or residing in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). "

During last year's Nakba Day, two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli Border Police near Ramallah, prompting an investigation and claims that Israeli soldiers used live bullets.

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