The US State Department has asked American diplomats and citizens to defer travel to Israel, Jerusalem al-Quds and the West Bank until December 20, over fears of protests surrounding US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy in Israel.
The Tuesday message says all US government employees and their families “are not permitted until further notice” to travel in Jerusalem al-Quds’ Old City or the West Bank.
Official travel is being restricted to “essential travel,” which will be taken only “with additional security,” the message states.
The State Department previously issued a travel warning for Israel on April 11, which cautions that “the possibility of random violence continues to exist and can happen without warning.”
On Wednesday, Trump officially declared the disputed city of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh…