U.S. Embassy in Israel Bars Employees From West Bank During Bahrain Conference

Embassy warns of anti-American demonstrations and prohibits staff and their family members from traveling to and through West Bank in the period of June 24-26

FILE Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, March 21, 2019.
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The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem warned employees on Friday of anti-American demonstrations that could take place in the West Bank and Gaza during the summit in Bahrain on the Palestinian economy scheduled for next week. The demonstrations are expected to take place on June 24-26.

"U.S. government employees and family members are prohibited from official and personal travel to the West Bank.  This includes travel along Route 1 and Route 90 through the West Bank," the embassy stated.

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The conference will discuss the economic chapter of Washington's Middle East peace plan led by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Palestinian Authority is boycotting the conference and has succeeded in convincing Palestinian business leaders not to attend as well. Russia and China — two of the most important economic players in the new Middle East — aren’t expected to attend, while Arab countries such as Iraq and Lebanon have also announced they won’t be participating.

Arab countries that are set to attend include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Jordan has also signaled it will send a representative to the gathering, but the country’s foreign minister threw cold water on the conference this week by stating that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Egypt and Morocco are also expected to take part, although it is not clear what their level of representation will be.