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    Public Announcement U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA July 27, 2001 Because of the possibility of civil unrest or
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      Public Announcement
      U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
      Office of the Spokesman


      ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
      July 27, 2001


      Because of the possibility of civil unrest or terrorist threats related to
      the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'av (commemorating the destruction of the first
      and second temples) the
      U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has placed the entire city of Jerusalem off limits
      to Embassy staff and their dependents from Friday, July 27 through Sunday,
      July 29. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem has placed the Old City
      and surrounding downtown areas of both East and West Jerusalem off limits to
      Consulate staff and their dependents from Friday, July 27 through Sunday,
      July 29.

      The Department of State wishes to remind American citizens to exercise
      extreme caution and avoid shopping areas, malls, public buses and bus stops
      as well as crowded areas and demonstrations throughout Israel, the West
      Bank, and Gaza. U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees and their families
      have been prohibited from using public buses. American citizens should
      maintain a low profile and take appropriate steps to reduce their
      vulnerability.

      This Public Announcement supplements the Travel Warning for Israel, the West
      Bank and Gaza, and it expires on August 3, 2001.


      Travel Warning
      United States Department of State
      Bureau of Consular Affairs
      Washington, DC 20520


      ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

      October 12, 2000

      The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Israel,
      the West Bank and Gaza at this time due to continuing tensions and violence.

      Violent clashes and confrontations continue to take place throughout the
      West Bank and Gaza. Violence has also taken place in Israel and Jerusalem.
      U.S. Government employees who live in East Jerusalem have been relocated for
      the time being, and U.S. Government employees have been prohibited from
      traveling to the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, including the Old City
      and urged to avoid the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv. Private U.S. citizens
      should defer travel to these areas at this time. Private American citizens
      who reside in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza are advised to stay at
      home or relocate to a safe location. U.S. citizens throughout Israel, the
      West Bank and Gaza should exercise caution and avoid any large crowds or
      demonstrations.

      The U.S. Consulate General facility on Nablus Road in Jerusalem has been
      temporarily closed. U.S. citizens who require emergency passport issuance
      should contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. For other emergency services,
      U.S. citizens may telephone the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2)
      622-7230 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7355.

      For further general information on travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,
      please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet
      for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

      This Travel Warning replaces the Public Announcement for Israel dated
      October 7, 2000 and supplements the Public Announcement for Israel issued on
      August 16, 2000.



      U.S. Department of State
      Bureau of Consular Affairs
      Washington, DC 20520
      For recorded travel information, call 202-647-5225
      Internet Address: http://travel.state.gov
      For information by fax, call 202-647-3000 from your fax machine
      Consular Information Sheet

      ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

      April 18, 2001

      WARNING: The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to
      Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. Government has indications that
      there is a heightened threat of terrorist incidents in Israel, the West Bank
      and Gaza. In light of several recent terrorist bombings in Israel and
      continuing violence in Gaza and the West Bank, American citizens should
      exercise extreme caution and avoid shopping areas, malls, public buses and
      bus stops as well as crowded areas and demonstrations. U.S. Embassy and
      Consulate employees and their families have been prohibited from using
      public buses. American citizens should maintain a low profile and take
      appropriate steps to reduce their vulnerability. Violent clashes and
      confrontations continue to take place throughout the West Bank and Gaza.
      U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees have been prohibited from traveling to
      the West Bank, Gaza, commercial districts of East Jerusalem, and the Old
      City of Jerusalem, except for mission essential business. Private American
      citizens should avoid travel to these areas at this time and Americans
      residing in the West Bank and Gaza should consider relocating to a safe
      location, if they can do so safely. From time to time, the Embassy or
      Consulate General will temporarily suspend public services as necessary to
      review its security posture. In those instances U.S. citizens who require
      emergency services may telephone the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972)
      (2) 622-7230 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7355.

      COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: The State of Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a
      modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Israel occupied
      the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem as a result of
      the 1967 War. Pursuant to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,
      an elected Palestinian Authority now exercises jurisdiction in parts of Gaza
      and the West Bank. Palestinian Authority police are responsible for keeping
      order in those areas and the Palestinian Authority exercises a range of
      civil functions. The division of responsibilities and jurisdiction in the
      West Bank and Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is complex.
      Definitive information on entry, customs requirements, arrests, and other
      matters in the West Bank and Gaza is subject to change without prior notice
      or may not be available.

      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:Israel: A valid passport, an onward or return ticket, and
      proof of sufficient funds are required for entry. A no-charge three-month
      visa may be issued upon arrival and may be renewed. Travelers carrying
      official or diplomatic U.S. passports must obtain visas from an Israeli
      embassy or consulate prior to arrival in Israel. Anyone who has been
      refused entry or experienced difficulties with his/her visa status during a
      previous visit, or who has overstayed a visa, should consult the Israeli
      Embassy or nearest Israeli Consulate before attempting to return to Israel.
      Anyone seeking returning resident status must obtain permission from Israeli
      authorities before traveling.

      West Bank and Gaza: Except during periods of heightened security
      restrictions, most U.S. citizens may enter and exit the West Bank and Gaza
      on a U.S. passport with an Israeli entry stamp. It is not necessary to
      obtain a visitor's permit from the Palestinian Authority to travel to the
      West Bank or Gaza. Private vehicles may not cross from Israel into Gaza and
      may be stopped at checkpoints entering or leaving the West Bank.

      The Allenby Bridge crossing from the West Bank into Jordan, and the Rafah
      crossing from Gaza into Egypt are under the jurisdiction of the Israeli
      Government, which also controls entry and exit via the Gaza International
      Airport. This may have special ramifications for Palestinian Americans and
      other Arab Americans.

      Palestinian Americans: American citizens of Palestinian origin who were born
      on the West Bank or Gaza or resided there for more than three months, may be
      considered by Israeli authorities to be residents, especially if they or
      their parents were issued a Palestinian ID number. Any American citizen
      whom Israel considers to be a resident is required by Israel to hold a valid
      Palestinian passport to enter or leave the West Bank or Gaza via Israel, the
      Gaza International Airport, or the Rafah or Allenby Bridge border crossing.
      American citizens in this category who arrive without a Palestinian passport
      will generally be granted permission to travel to the West Bank or Gaza to
      obtain one, but may only be allowed to depart via Israel on a Palestinian
      passport rather than on their U.S. passport. The Government of Israel does
      not require travel on a Palestinian passport for visits of less than 90
      days, but may instead require a transit permit for travel to the West Bank
      or Gaza.


      During periods of heightened security restrictions, Palestinian Americans
      with residency status in the West Bank or Gaza may not be allowed to enter
      or exit Gaza or the West Bank, even if using their American passports.
      Specific questions may be addressed to the nearest Israeli Embassy or
      Consulate.

      Israel-Jordan Crossings: International crossing points between Israel and
      Jordan are the Arava crossing (Wadi al-'Arabah) in the south, near Eilat,
      and the Jordan River crossing (Sheikh Hussein Bridge) in the north, near
      Beit Shean. American citizens using these two crossing points to enter
      either Israel or Jordan need not obtain prior visas, but will have to pay a
      fee at the bridge. Visas should be obtained in advance for those wanting to
      cross the Allenby Bridge between Jordan and the occupied West Bank. (Note:
      The Government of Israel requires that Palestinian Americans with residency
      status in the West Bank or Gaza only enter Jordan by land by means of the
      Allenby Bridge.) Procedures for all crossings into Jordan are subject to
      frequent changes.

      For further entry information on Israel, travelers may contact the Embassy
      of Israel at 3514 International Drive NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone
      (202) 364-5500, or the Israeli Consulates General in Los Angeles, San
      Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or
      Houston.

      In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have
      initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring
      documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel
      from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation
      on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry/departure.

      DUAL NATIONALITY: Israeli citizens naturalized in the United States retain
      their Israeli citizenship, and their children usually become Israeli
      citizens. In addition, children born in the United States to Israeli
      parents usually acquire both U.S. and Israeli nationality at birth. Israeli
      citizens, including dual nationals, are subject to Israeli laws requiring
      service in Israel's armed forces. U.S.-Israeli dual nationals of military
      age who do not wish to serve in the Israeli armed forces should contact the
      Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. to learn more about an exemption or
      deferment from Israeli military service before going to Israel. Without
      this document, they may not be able to leave Israel without completing
      military service or may be subject to criminal penalties for failure to
      serve. Israeli citizens, including dual nationals, must enter and depart
      Israel on their Israeli passports.

      Palestinian Americans whom the Government of Israel considers residents of
      the West Bank or Gaza may face certain travel restrictions (see Entry
      Requirements above). These individuals are subject to restrictions on
      movement between Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and within the West Bank and
      Gaza imposed by the Israeli Government on all Palestinians for security
      reasons. During periods of heightened security concerns these restrictions
      can be onerous. Palestinian-American residents of Jerusalem are normally
      required to use laissez-passers (documents issued by the Israeli Government)
      which contain re-entry permits approved by the Israeli Ministry of Interior.


      All U.S. citizens with dual nationality must enter and depart the U.S. on
      their U.S. passports.

      SAFETY AND SECURITY: Israel has strict security measures that may affect
      visitors. Prolonged questioning and detailed searches may take place at the
      time of entry and/or departure at all points of entry to Israel, including
      entry from the West Bank and Gaza. Travelers with Arabic surnames, those
      who ask that Israeli stamps not be entered into their passports, and
      unaccompanied female travelers have been delayed and subjected to close
      scrutiny at points of entry. Security-related delays or obstacles in
      bringing in or departing with cameras or electronic equipment are not
      unusual. Laptop computers and other electronic equipment have been
      confiscated from travelers leaving Israel from Ben Gurion Airport during
      security checks. While most are returned prior to departure, some equipment
      has been damaged, destroyed or lost as a result. Americans who have had
      personal property damaged due to security procedures at Ben Gurion can
      contact the Commissioner of Complaints at the airport for redress. During
      searches and questioning, Israeli authorities have denied American citizens
      access to U.S. consular officers, lawyers, or family members. Palestinian
      Americans have been arrested on suspicion of security crimes when attempting
      to enter or leave Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The Israeli National
      Police have monitored, arrested and deported members of religious groups who
      they believed intended to commit violent or disruptive acts in Israel.

      TERRORISM: Although they have not been targeted for attack, U.S. citizens
      have been injured or killed in past terrorist actions in Israel, Jerusalem,
      the West Bank, and Gaza. Attacks have occurred in highly frequented
      shopping and pedestrian areas and on public buses. U.S. Embassy and
      Consulate employees and their families have been prohibited from using
      public buses. American citizens should exercise extreme caution and avoid
      shopping areas, pedestrian walkways, malls, public buses and bus stops as
      well as crowded areas and demonstrations.

      American citizens should use caution in the vicinity of military sites,
      areas frequented by off-duty soldiers, contentious religious sites, and
      large crowds. Travelers should remain aware of their immediate
      surroundings, and should not touch any suspicious object.

      DEMONSTRATIONS AND CIVIL UNREST: In the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem,
      demonstrations or altercations can occur spontaneously and have the
      potential to become violent without warning. If such disturbances occur,
      American visitors should leave the area immediately. In Jerusalem's Old
      City, where exits are limited, American visitors should seek safe haven
      inside a shop or restaurant until the incident is over. Demonstrations are
      particularly dangerous in areas such as checkpoints, settlements, military
      areas, and major thoroughfares where protesters are likely to encounter
      Israeli security forces.

      Demonstrations by Arab Israelis in northern Israel have occurred on Land Day
      (March 30) and on Israeli Independence Day (date varies). These
      demonstrations have generally been peaceful, but on occasion Embassy staff
      have been told to avoid certain areas on those dates.

      AREAS OF INSTABILITY: Jerusalem: In Jerusalem, travelers should exercise
      caution at religious sites on holy days, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
      Dress appropriately when visiting the Old City and ultra-orthodox Jewish
      neighborhoods. Most roads into ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhoods are
      blocked off on Friday nights and Saturdays. Assaults on secular visitors,
      either for being in cars or for being "immodestly dressed," have occurred in
      these neighborhoods. Isolated street protests and demonstrations can occur
      in the commercial districts of East Jerusalem (Salah Eddin Street and
      Damascus Gate areas) during periods of unrest. U.S. Government employees
      have been prohibited from traveling to the commercial areas of East
      Jerusalem, including the Old City, except for mission essential business.
      Private American citizens should avoid travel to these areas at this time.

      West Bank and Gaza: The U.S. Government currently prohibits U.S. Government
      employees, officials, and dependents from traveling to the West Bank and
      Gaza, except for mission essential business. Private American citizens
      should avoid travel to these areas at this time. Embassy staff have also
      been prohibited from using Rt. 443 (the Modi'in Road) in Israel to travel to
      Jerusalem.

      During periods of unrest, access to the West Bank and Gaza are sometimes
      closed off by the Israeli government. Travel restrictions may be imposed
      with little or no warning. Strict measures have frequently been imposed
      following terrorist actions and the movement of Palestinian Americans with
      residency status in the West Bank or Gaza and foreign passport holders have
      been severely impaired

      In the Golan Heights, there are live land mines in many areas and visitors
      should walk only on established roads or trails. Near the northern border
      of Israel, rocket attacks from Lebanese territory can occur without warning.

      CRIME: The crime rate is moderate in Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank and
      Gaza. The loss or theft of a U.S. passport abroad should be reported
      immediately to local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. U.S.
      citizens may refer to the Department of State's pamphlets, "A Safe Trip
      Abroad" and "Tips for Travelers to the Middle East and North Africa." They
      are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing
      Office, Washington, DC 20402, via the internet at
      http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the bureau of consular affairs
      home page at http://travel.state.gov

      MEDICAL FACILITIES: Modern medical care and medicines are available in
      Israel. Some hospitals in Israel and most hospitals in the West Bank and
      Gaza, however, fall below U.S. standards. Travelers can find information in
      English about emergency medical facilities and after-hours pharmacies in the
      "Jerusalem Post" and English language "Ha'aretz" newspapers.
      MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly urges Americans to
      consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to
      confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover
      emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. U.S. medical insurance
      plans seldom cover health costs incurred outside the United States unless
      supplemental coverage is purchased. Further, U.S. Medicare and Medicaid
      programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United
      States. However, many travel agents and private companies offer insurance
      plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including
      emergency services such as medical evacuations.
      When making a decision regarding health insurance, Americans should consider
      that many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to
      providing service and that a medical evacuation to the U.S. may cost well in
      excess of $50,000. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas
      often face extreme difficulties, whereas travelers who have purchased
      overseas medical insurance have, when a medical emergency occurs, found it
      life-saving. When consulting with your insurer prior to your trip,
      ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider
      or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses you incur. Some
      insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for
      disposition of remains in the event of death.
      Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas
      insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State's Bureau of
      Consular Affairs brochure "Medical Information for Americans Traveling
      Abroad," available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax:
      (202) 647-3000.
      OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Travelers from regions where contagious diseases
      are prevalent may need to show shot records before entry into Israel.
      Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained
      from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international
      travelers hotline at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), fax: 1-888-CDC-FAXX
      (1-888-232-3299), or by visiting the CDC Internet home page at
      http://www.cdc.gov

      TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S.
      citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those
      in the United States. The information below is provided for general
      reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or
      circumstance.

      Israel:

      Safety of Public Transportation: good*
      Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: good
      Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: good
      Availability of Roadside Assistance: good

      *U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees and their families have been
      prohibited from using public buses (please review the earlier section
      entitled "Terrorism.")

      Israeli roads and highways tend to be crowded, especially in urban areas.
      Aggressive driving is a serious problem and few drivers maintain safe
      following distances. Drivers should use caution, as there is a high rate of
      fatalities from automobile accidents.

      For specific information concerning Israeli driver's permits, vehicle
      inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, contact the Israel Ministry of
      Tourism office in New York via the internet at http://www.goisrael.com

      West Bank and Gaza:

      Safety of Public Transportation: poor
      Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: poor
      Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: poor
      Availability of Roadside Assistance: poor

      Crowded roads and aggressive driving are common in the West Bank and Gaza.
      During periods of heightened tensions, cars with Israeli license plates have
      been stoned. Emergency services may be delayed by the need for Palestinian
      authorities to coordinate with Israeli officials. Seat belt use is required
      outside of cities, drivers may not drink alcohol, and travel by motorcycle
      is not allowed. Individuals involved in accidents resulting in death or
      injury may be detained by police pending an investigation.

      For additional information about road safety, see the Department of State,
      Bureau of Consular Affairs home page road safety overseas feature at
      http://travel.state.gov/road_safety.html.

      AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has
      assessed the Government of Israel's Civil Aviation Authority as Category 1 -
      in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of
      Israel's air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may
      contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873,
      or visit the FAA's web site at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/. The U.S.
      Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers
      for suitability as official providers of air services. For information
      regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at
      (618) 229-4801.

      CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Video cameras and other electronic items must be
      declared upon entry to Israel. Please contact the Embassy of Israel for
      specific information regarding customs requirements. Definitive information
      on customs requirements for the Palestinian Authority is not available.

      CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to
      that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly
      from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available
      to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be
      more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Individuals
      traveling to the West Bank and Gaza through Israel or Israeli-controlled
      entry points are also subject to Israeli law and jurisdiction. Persons
      violating Israel's or the Palestinian Authority's laws, even unknowingly,
      may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or
      trafficking in illegal drugs in Israel are strict and convicted offenders
      can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. The Palestinian Authority also
      has strict penalties for the possession, use, or trafficking in illegal
      drugs by persons visiting or residing in its jurisdiction.

      ARRESTS AND DETENTION: U.S. citizens arrested by the Israeli National Police
      (INP) in Israel and charged with crimes are entitled to legal representation
      and consular notification and visitation. Typically the INP notifies the
      Embassy or Consulate General within two days of arrest, and consular access
      is normally granted within four days. This procedure may be expedited if
      the arrested American shows a U.S. passport to the police, or asks the
      police to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

      U.S. citizens arrested by the Israeli Security Police for security offenses,
      and U.S. citizens arrested in the West Bank or Gaza for criminal or security
      offenses may be prevented from communicating with lawyers, family members,
      or consular officers for lengthy periods. The U.S. Consulate General and
      the Embassy are often not notified of such arrests, or are not notified in a
      timely manner. Consular access to the arrested individual is frequently
      delayed. U.S. citizens have been subject to mistreatment during
      interrogation and pressured to sign statements in Hebrew which have not been
      translated. Under local law they may be detained for up to six months at a
      time without charges. Youths over the age of 14 have been detained and
      tried as adults. When access to a detained American citizen is denied or
      delayed, the U.S. government formally protests the lack of consular access
      to the Israeli government. The U.S. Government also will protest any
      mistreatment to the relevant authorities as well.

      U.S. citizens arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) Security Forces in
      the West Bank or Gaza for crimes are entitled to legal representation and
      consular notification and access. The PA Security Forces normally notify
      the Embassy (for Gaza) or Consulate General (for West Bank) within two days
      of arrest and consular access is normally granted within four days. This
      procedure may be expedited if the arrested American shows a U.S. passport to
      the police, or asks the police to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

      U.S. citizens arrested by the PA Security Forces in the West Bank or Gaza
      for security offenses may be prevented from communicating with lawyers,
      family members, or consular officers for lengthy periods. In addition, they
      may be held in custody for protracted periods without formal charges or
      before being taken in front of a judge for an arrest extension. The U.S.
      Consulate General is often not notified by the PA of the arrests in a timely
      manner, and consular access to the arrested is occasionally delayed.[F1]
      The U.S. Government does not have a formal mechanism for protesting these
      delays in notification or access to the Palestinian Authority; however, our
      concerns are pursued with local PA officials.[F2]

      COURT JURISDICTION: Civil courts in Israel actively exercise their authority
      to bar certain individuals, including nonresidents, from leaving the country
      until monetary and other legal claims against them can be resolved.
      Israel's rabbinical courts exercise jurisdiction over all Jewish citizens
      and residents of Israel in cases of marriage, divorce, child custody and
      child support. In some cases, Jewish Americans who entered Israel as
      tourists have become defendants in divorce cases filed by their spouses in
      Israeli rabbinical courts. These Americans have been detained in Israel for
      prolonged periods while the Israeli courts consider whether they have
      sufficient ties to Israel to establish rabbinical court jurisdiction.
      Jewish American visitors should be aware that they might be subject to
      involuntary and prolonged stays in Israel if a case is filed against them in
      a rabbinical court, even if their marriage took place in the U.S. and/or
      their spouse is not present in Israel.

      CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on the international adoption of children
      and international parental child abduction, please refer to our Internet
      site at http://travel.state.gov/childrens_issues.html or telephone: (202)
      736-7000.

      REGISTRATION/EMBASSY AND CONSULATE LOCATIONS: The State Department advises
      American citizens who plan to be in the region for over a month to register
      at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv or the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.
      E-mail registration for the U.S. Embassy is possible at amctelaviv@...
      and for the U.S. Consulate General at jerusalemacs@.... When
      registering, U.S. citizens can obtain updated information on travel and
      security in the area.

      The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel is located at 71 Hayarkon Street. The
      U.S. mailing address is PSC 98, Box 0001, APO AE 09830. The telephone
      number is (972)(3) 519-7575. The number after 4:30 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m.
      local time is (972)(3) 519-7551. The fax number is (972)(3) 516-4390. The
      Embassy's e-mail address is amctelaviv@... and its Internet web page
      is http://consular.usembassy-israel.org.il

      The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy should be contacted for information
      and help in the following areas: Israel, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights
      and ports of entry at Ben Gurion Airport, Gaza International Airport, Haifa
      Port, and the northern (Jordan River) and southern (Arava) border crossings
      connecting Israel and Jordan.

      The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem is located
      at 27 Nablus Road. The U.S. mailing address is Unit 7228, Box 0039, APO AE
      09830. The telephone number is (972)(2) 622-7200. The number after 4:30
      p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. local time is (972)(2) 622-7250. The fax number
      is (972)(2) 627-2233. The Consulate's e-mail address is
      jerusalemacs@... and its Internet web page is
      http://www.uscongen-jerusalem.org

      The U.S. Consulate General should be contacted for information and help in
      the following areas: West and East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Allenby
      Bridge border crossing connecting Jordan with the West Bank.

      There is a U.S. Consular Agent in Haifa at 26 Ben Gurion Boulevard,
      telephone (972)(4) 853-1470, who reports to the Embassy in Tel Aviv. The
      Consular Agent can provide routine and emergency services in the north.

      * * * * * *

      This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated September 15, 1999, to
      reflect the Travel Warning, and to update information on entry requirements,
      security measures, traffic and road safety conditions, and arrests and
      detention.



      [F1]Should we say "have been"?
      [F2]I realize the changes read awkwardly, and would welcome improvements,
      but we can't say we protest when access is denied, because it never has
      been.
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