Jason Greenblatt Op-Ed: The Palestinians Deserve So Much More Than Saeb Erekat

I write regarding Dr. Saeb Erekat’s outburst set forth in his op-ed  (“Partners in occupation: Trump provides the anti-Palestinian incitement, Israel the bullets,” May 17 ) in which he criticized the move of the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While I understand that Dr. Erekat is angry about President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I thought it would be ...
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Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations

The time has come for President Abbas to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them to peace and prosperity. Notwithstanding his highly inappropriate insults against members of the Trump administration, the latest iteration being his insult of my good friend and ...
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Readout of the Gaza Conference at the White House

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 14, 2018 Yesterday, the White House hosted a conference with representatives from 20 countries, including Israel and many Arab states, to discuss solutions to the worsening humanitarian and economic conditions in Gaza. The conference, convened by White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International ...
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U.S. TechCamp Empowers Palestinian Students and Businesses to Solve Real-world Problems through Technology

JERUSALEM – On November 19, the U.S. Consulate General in partnership with Partners for Sustainable Development concluded TechCamp Ramallah, an intensive series of workshops and networking under the theme “Business Success through Academic Excellence.”  Over the course of two days, more than 50 male and female Palestinian students from eight universities across the West Bank ...
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Jason Greenblatt Statement on Palestinian Authority Deployment to Gaza Crossing Points

The United States welcomes the Palestinian Authority’s deployment on November 1, 2017 to the Erez, Kerem Shalom, and Rafah crossing points in Gaza. The United States believes it is essential that the Palestinian Authority assume full responsibility for Gaza. The United States will be following developments in Gaza closely, while working together with the Palestinian ...
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U.S. Consulate Launches Eighth Annual Bazaar for Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs

JERUSALEM – On October 31, the U.S. Consulate General launched the eighth annual Women’s Microenterprise Bazaar in support of Palestinian female business owners from all over Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem.  The evening’s inauguration and fashion presentation showcased the Palestinian-designed styles and handmade products available for sale.  The bazaar is open to the public ...
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Successful Completion of U.S. Workshop to Help Palestinian Entrepreneurs Flourish

JERUSALEM – October 25th marked the successful completion of a U.S. Consulate General-sponsored workshop to build a better ecosystem for innovation in the West Bank.  Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the workshop convened American experts and Palestinian entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, and government stakeholders to identify policy and regulatory reforms that will help ...
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Studying in the United States – The Power of Choice

 by Donald Blome Last year I took my son to visit prospective colleges in the United States. Driving up and down the East Coast, we saw them all – private schools, state universities, and technical institutes. And everywhere we went, there was something new: internships with U.S. businesses; private sector work-study cooperative arrangements; alumni organizations ...
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Consul General Blome Launches #PalStudyUSA2018 Campaign

Consul General Blome Launches #PalStudyUSA2018 Campaign to Attract More Palestinian Students to the United States Ramallah – Consul General Donald Blome launched the #PalStudyUSA2018 campaign at the Grand Park Hotel October 24thto encourage more Palestinian students to study in the United States. The campaign will include social media outreach to identify Palestinian participants for an ...
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Jason Greenblatt’s Statement on Palestinian Authority Visit to Gaza

As the Palestinian Authority Cabinet visits Gaza today in preparation for its October 3 cabinet meeting, the United States welcomes efforts to create the conditions for the Palestinian Authority to fully assume its responsibilities in Gaza, as noted in the September 28 Quartet statement.   We will be watching these developments closely, while pressing forward with ...
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Jason Greenblatt Remarks at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee

The Palestinian economy is a small economy that relies heavily on trade. It operates within a Customs Union regime with Israel, as formalized by the Paris Protocol on Economic Relations in 1994. The Paris Protocol was explicitly written as a transitional 5- year arrangement, to take the Palestinian economy from where it had been before ...
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Gaza Students Arrive in the U.S. for a Year of Study in American High Schools

Jerusalem – Eleven bright and promising Palestinian students from Gaza arrived yesterday in the United States to start a year of study at American high schools under the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES). Three more Gaza students will also arrive in the coming days. The YES program aims to promote cross-cultural understanding to ...
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Statement Following U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt's July 12 with Palestinians from Gaza

JERUSALEM – President Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, met today with a group of Palestinians from Gaza to discuss their aspirations for peace and views on how the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip can be improved.  Mr. Greenblatt underscored President Trump’s commitment to helping Palestinians and Israelis reach a ...
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Readout of US Special Representative for International Negotiations Greenblatt, Ambassador Friedman, and Consul General Blome’s July 11 Event

JERUSALEM- President Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, accompanied by Ambassador David Friedman and Consul General Donald Blome, met today with Palestinian and Israeli basketball coaches preparing to depart for a two-week Sports Diplomacy exchange‎ program in the United States, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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Trump Administration Welcomes Progress on Electricity Agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

JERUSALEM – The Trump administration welcomes the agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to energize the Jenin substation – an important step in the implementation of the bilateral electricity deal concluded in September 2016.  This agreement will enable the Palestinian Authority to supply additional electricity to Palestinian communities and sets the stage ...
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Readout – Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Team on Middle East Peace

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome met today in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior advisors. The two sides had a productive meeting and reaffirmed their commitment to advancing President Trump's ...
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U.S. Accreditation Expert Teams Up With Palestinian Ministry of Education to Improve Quality of Education

Jerusalem – U.S. education expert Dr. Richard Hopper is visiting the West Bank from June 6 – June 15 to conduct workshops with the Palestinian Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC) and West Bank university partners. The workshops focus on creating an accreditation and quality assurance system to ensure that Palestinian universities provide a level of ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. ...
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Amman: Special Representative for International Negotiations Greenblatt’s Trip to Jordan

At the invitation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt attended the 28th Arab League Summit this week in Jordan.  As an observer at the Summit, Mr. Greenblatt did not endorse the speeches given or resolutions approved by the assembled Arab League member states. ...
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Instagram Contest Rules

Residents ofJerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank are eligible to submit photos. Palestinians of employees of the U.S. Government or U.S. sponsored Non-GovernmentOrganization are ineligible. Subjects in photos consent to our use of photos on social media and other promotion purposes. We willreview and posts visual content at our discretion.  We reserve the right not to ...
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Special Representative for International Negotiations Greenblatt Meets with Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land

JERUSALEM – Religious leaders from Judaism, Islam, and Christianity met as members of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL) on March 16, in an event hosted by U.S. Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.  The leaders agreed that the search for peace must be governed ...
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Readout of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Meeting with U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Greenblatt

JERUSALEM – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met today in Ramallah with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations. They reaffirmed the commitment of both the Palestinian Authority and the United States to advance a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. President Abbas told Mr. Greenblatt that ...
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The Governments of the U.S. and Canada Join the PA to Inaugurate Qabatiya-Al Jalameh Road

Jalameh Crossing, Jenin Governorate – Today, the governments of the United States and Canada, the Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and Prime Minister Hamdallah joined Jenin Governorate officials and community members to inaugurate the newly rehabilitated Qabatiya-Al Jalameh Road. This $14.6 million activity was a collaborative effort between USAID and Global Affairs Canada ...
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U.S. RAPtivist Aisha Fukushima brings musical activism to the West Bank and Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem on Wednesday concluded a musical tour of the famous American “RAPtivist” and hip hop singer Aisha Fukushima with a final show in Ramallah.  “RAPtivism” or “rap activism,” a new form of global hip-hop art, combines music and activism together to promote civil rights, freedom, and justice. The ...
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Officials from Consulate Jerusalem, U.S. Embassies Jordan and Israel visit King Hussein Bridge

Senior Officials from U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem, U.S. Embassies in Jordan and Israel visit King Hussein Bridge to Promote the Movement of Goods, People, and Services JERUSALEM – Consul General Donald Blome joined the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Israel Leslie Tsou, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Coordinator ...
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Op-Ed: Empowering Youth Through International Education – “The Key to Everything is Determination.”

by Consul General Donald Blome I want you to meet Abeer Al Yazji. Abeer decided early on that she wanted to learn English and studied it at university. She set her goals high on an international education, and the U.S. government was able to help by funding her Fulbright MBA in Social Entrepreneurship in the ...
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Education Dialogue Enhances Bilateral U.S.-Palestinian Cooperation to Prepare Young Palestinians for the Workforce

Jerusalem – U.S. and Palestinian officials concluded the first ever U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Dialogue, an initiative that invests in viable and robust partnerships between American and Palestinian institutions of higher education and the private sector to strengthen institutional capabilities, enhance educational opportunities for young Palestinians, and foster critical workforce skills. The U.S. delegation included Assistant ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

Beginning the evening of September 27, Israeli Security Forces have deployed roadblocks with additional security checks in and around Jerusalem following an alert.  Expect traffic delays and congestion.  Please exercise caution. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens to avoid areas where there is a heavy police presence, as this is often an indicator of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Update to Jerusalem Old City Advisory

A recent uptick in stabbing attacks in and around the Old City of Jerusalem has led the U.S. Consulate General to recommend that all U.S. government employees and their family members avoid the Damascus, Herod’s, and Lions gates and the surrounding vicinity.  This restriction may be lifted at the end of October based on the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to the Golan Heights

Due to multiple mortar rounds launched from Syria and landing in the northern Golan Heights in recent days, we urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel to that area until the situation stabilizes.  The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv continues to closely monitor the security situation and advises U.S. citizens to ...
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Inauguration of the First Palestinian Green School – Aqqaba Secondary Girls’ School

Aqqaba, Tubas Governorate – Today, representatives from the U.S. Government, the Palestinian Authority, and Global Communities, joined local residents to inaugurate the newly completed Aqqaba Secondary Girls’ School, the first Palestinian green school. USAID invested $1.3 million in this project to enhance the learning environment for 130 school students, promoting girls’ education and raising awareness ...
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78 Palestinian students graduate college through U.S.-funded A-PLUS scholarship program

JERUSALEM – Today, a graduation ceremony celebrated the achievements of 78 Palestinian student beneficiaries of the A-PLUS scholarship program, a U.S. Government-funded program implemented through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and its partner AMIDEAST. This graduation ceremony is part of the multi-year American-Palestinian Local University Scholarship (A-PLUS) program which supports higher education opportunities for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The Consulate General advises U.S. citizens that Jerusalem’s annual March for Pride and Tolerance will take place in the evening of July 21st. The event will commence at Liberty Bell Park in central Jerusalem at about 5:00 p.m. Participants will march to Independence Park at about 6:30 p.m. Up to 5,000 people are expected to ...
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United States Announces Additional US$ 51.6 million to Support Palestine Refugees in the West Bank and Gaza

The United States announced today a new contribution of nearly US$ 52 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to the Agency’s 2016 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory. The US Consul-General, Donald Blome, and UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General, Sandra Mitchell, made the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem and Naksa Days & Ramadan

Sunday, June 5, 2016, will mark the commemoration of two separate events: Jerusalem Day and Naksa Day. Jerusalem Day is a Government of Israel celebration of Israel’s conquest of Jerusalem during the 1967 War. The day is marked by ceremonies, and large gatherings, and a march through Jerusalem. In previous years, clashes have erupted between ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Closure Notice

We would like to advise U.S. citizens that Consulate General Jerusalem will be closed on Friday, March 18 because of the Jerusalem Marathon and on Friday, March 25 for the Good Friday holiday.  U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance with a consular issue should call 054-666-0673 For further information: Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program   (STEP)  to receive security ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maintain Heightened Personal Situational Awareness

During the last few months, and in particular over the past several days, there have been a number of attacks in Israel, Jerusalem, and the West Bank that have resulted in injury and death to multiple individuals, including to U.S. citizens.  Given these recent events and the continuing dynamic security environment in these areas, the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Defer Travel to Bethlehem and surrounding communities

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens to defer travel to Bethlehem and surrounding communities until further notice due to ongoing clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian residents, and security incidents in and around Bethlehem. The Consulate General recommends U.S. citizens review the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Israel, the West ...
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