Prince Charles to Visit Israel, West Bank in First State Visit

British royal will attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem and 'undertake engagements' in the Palestinian Territories in late January

Prince Charles speaks to staff and students during a visit to Cashmere High School in Christchurch, New Zealand November 22, 2019.
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Prince Charles will visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories on behalf of the British government, in first "program of engagements" for the Prince of Wales in the region, the Royal Court said Wednesday in a statement.

During his planned late January visit, Charles will attend the World Holocaust Forum, at the invitation of President Reuven Rivlin. The heir to the throne will also "undertake engagements" in the Palestinian Territories at the invitation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to the statement.

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While in Israel, Prince Charles will also undertake a number of engagements on behalf of the British government.

Dozens of world leaders are expected in Jerusalem for the fifth World Holocaust Forum, set to take place on January 23, 2020, at Yad Vashem. The event will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and is dubbed the largest-ever gathering focused on combating anti-Semitism, amid a global spike in violence against Jews.

The royal had previously visited Jerusalem twice; in 2016 to attend the funeral of President Shimon Peres, and in 1995 to attend the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Prince William, his son, had previously paid a stop in Jerusalem during his Middle East tour last year, and visited the grave of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice at the Church of Mary Magdalene. The Duke of Cambridge also toured Jerusalem's holy sites, stopping at the Western Wall.