Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs Show their Products and Designs in Microenterprise Bazaar

On November 18-19, the American Consulate General will host its Sixth Annual Women’s Microenterprise Bazaar at Ambassador Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem. The Bazaar will bring together women artists, merchants, designers, and manufacturers of goods that include traditional Palestinian embroidery, hand-made soap, jewelry, foodstuffs, ceramics, candles, and more. The Microenterprise Bazaar is an important part ...
Read More»

Marines from American Consulate Bring Smile to Palestinian Orphans

The Marine guards at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem visited Palestinian orphans today to deliver toys and holiday cheer at the Home of Peace orphanage in the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem.  Each one of the twenty children aged 6-18 received two presents selected and donated by Consulate staff members. This is the ...
Read More»

United States Pledges Over $123 Million in Support for UNRWA and Funds School in West Bank

The United States Government pledged today more than $123 million in support of Palestinian refugees and UNRWA at a school inauguration event with UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl. The United States has always been and continues to be the largest and most reliable bilateral donor to UNRWA. Simon Henshaw, a senior State Department official for ...
Read More»

Consulate General Visit Underscores U.S. Concern Regarding Pattern of Evictions in Jerusalem

Yesterday, December 2, Deputy Principal Officer Dorothy Shea of the U.S. Consulate General released the following message on social media regarding the pending eviction of the Palestinian Sub Laban family from their home in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. We visited the home of the Sub Laban family to underscore our concern about their potential ...
Read More»

Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs from Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza Show their Products and Designs in Microenterprise Bazaar

On November 18-19, the American Consulate General will host its Sixth Annual Women’s Microenterprise Bazaar at the Ambassador Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem. The Bazaar will bring together women artists, merchants, designers, and manufacturers of goods that include traditional Palestinian embroidery, hand-made soap, jewelry, foodstuffs, ceramics, candles, and more. The Microenterprise Bazaar is an important ...
Read More»

American Consulate General in Jerusalem and EducationUSA Hosts International Education Week 2015

November 16-20, 2015 will mark the 16th annual International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the importance of international education in the United States and around the world. This year’s theme is “Access for All,” underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to welcoming ...
Read More»

American Consul General Donald Blome Travels to Jenin to Support Palestinian Olive Growers

American Consul General Donald Blome traveled to Jenin today to support Palestinian olive growers and farmers. He participated in this year’s Canaan Fair Trade Olive Harvest Festival, where he met with local olive growers and spoke about U.S. government support of Palestinian agriculture. For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Consulate General has participated in ...
Read More»

Potential for Violence in Old City Jerusalem on Friday, October 16

This is in addition to the Security Message issued on October 13, 2015, the recommended restrictions of which remain in effect. The U.S. Consulate has declared the Old City to be off limits to all U.S. government employees on Friday, October 16. This restriction will be lifted at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 17. We recommend ...
Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Continued Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Jerusalem and the West Bank

The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens to exercise heightened security awareness in East and West Jerusalem, the Old City and the West Bank due to an increase in political violence and unrest that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries since early October. The potential for additional violence throughout this area remains high. ...
Read More»

Terrorist Attack in the West Bank

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place late Thursday evening in the West Bank. The shooting resulted in the death of an Israeli couple who were driving with their young children. We extend our condolences to the victims’ family. We urge all sides to maintain calm, avoid escalating tensions in the ...
Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential for Violence and Unrest in and Around Jerusalem Old City

Due to heightened security conditions and the potential for violence in the Old City, U.S. government employees are restricted from entering the Old City from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. through Tuesday, October 13 without prior approval from the U.S. Consulate. U.S. government employees are permitted to be in the Old City outside these hours. ...
Read More»

Violence and Increasing Tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem

The United States strongly condemns all acts of violence, including the tragic stabbing in the Old City of Jerusalem today that left two victims dead and two injured. We call for all perpetrators of violence to be swiftly brought to justice. We are very concerned about mounting tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including ...
Read More»

U.S. Consul General Donald Blome’s Eid al Adha Greetings

Salam Alaykum, As pilgrims complete the Hajj and Muslims everywhere gather in their homes to celebrate the Eid al Adha, it is my pleasure to offer you my warmest wishes on behalf of the entire Consulate General Jerusalem family.  Eid Mubarak! As we look around us at a region in crisis, with horrible images of ...
Read More»

Rosh Hashana Greetings

As members of the Jewish faith gather in their homes and synagogues throughout the Holy City of Jerusalem to begin the High Holidays, I want to extend my warmest wishes on behalf of my family and my colleagues at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur not only mark important days ...
Read More»

U.S. Consul General Donald Blome Delivers Commencement Address for Al-Quds Bard College Graduates

On Tuesday, 118 young Palestinians graduated from the Al-Quds Bard College (AQB) – a joint U.S.-Palestinian educational partnership providing enhanced opportunities for students to study the liberal arts.  The U.S. Consulate General and USAID have supported AQB by launching the Masters of Arts in Teaching program and funding full scholarships for outstanding Palestinian students. In ...
Read More»

Arab-American Comedy Festival Shares Values and Smiles with Palestinians

The first ever comedy festival in Jerusalem and the West Bank, “1001 Laughs,” was a huge success with more than ## number of attendees, and 1700 sold out shows in Ramallah, Jerusalem, Nablus, and Bethlehem. The American Consulate General in Jerusalem brought seven Arab-American comedians from the United States to perform, coach, and inspire. Through ...
Read More»

Camp Discovery: 700 Palestinian Youth Build New Skills for Future

Today marks the final day of Camp Discovery, an American Consulate General program that opened new horizons for 700 Palestinian children in science, art, and culture. American Diplomat Gina Cabrera-Farraj explained, “Camp ‎Discovery is about the future and opening up new opportunities for Palestinian youth.” The American Consulate General in Jerusalem, in partnership with AMIDEAST ...
Read More»

U.S. Consul General Donald Blome’s Remarks on Duma Attack

For Immediate Release My colleagues at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and I express our deepest condolences to the family and victims of last night’s vicious terrorist attack on a home in the West Bank village of Duma. The United States strongly condemns this crime of hate, which killed a Palestinian toddler and critically ...
Read More»

New American Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome Meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah

Donald Blome, the new American Consul General to Jerusalem, had an introductory meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this afternoon at the Muqata’a presidential compound in Ramallah. “I assured the President of America’s commitment to the Palestinian Authority and to two-states for two peoples. I also noted the importance of further enhancing our relationship ...
Read More»

The Violent July 30 Attack at the Jerusalem Pride Parade

The United States condemns the violent July 30 attack at the Jerusalem Pride parade. Our thoughts are with the victims of the attack, their families, friends, and the entire Jerusalem LGBT community whose courage, spirit of tolerance, and resilience continue to inspire. For more information, please contact the Consulate General Press Office at 02-622-6909
Read More»

New American Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome Arrives for Work

Donald Blome, the new American Consul General to Jerusalem, assumed his duties this morning. “My wife Debrah and my children are delighted to have arrived in Jerusalem, and I am honored to represent the United States of America to the residents of Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.” Watch an introductory message from American Consul General Donald Blome . Biography of American Consul General Donald ...
Read More»

Acting Consul General Dorothy Shea Sends Eid el Fitr Greetings to Muslims in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip

On behalf of the American Consulate General community and the American people, I wish to extend my warmest wishes to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip who are celebrating Eid-Al-Fitr. During the past month, I had the privilege of joining Palestinian young people, families, and friends to break the fast, a ...
Read More»

The U.S. Government Provides a $13 Million Contribution to the World Food Programme for Food Assistance in the West Bank and Gaza

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza (WBG) is providing a $13 million U.S. contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for food assistance in the West Bank and Gaza. This contribution will provide more than 6,700 metric tons of food assistance to 95,000 food insecure people in Gaza.  ...
Read More»

Remarks by the President on Progress in the Fight Against ISIL

The President: Good afternoon, everybody. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend — especially our men and women in uniform. This Fourth of July we were honored to once again welcome some of our incredible troops and their families to share Fourth of July and fireworks at the White House. It was another chance ...
Read More»

Delays in Overseas U.S. Passport Processing

Due to a systems issue affecting global passport operations, there is currently a delay in the printing of U.S. passports that were approved at overseas passport facilities. Applications accepted at U.S. Embassies or Consulates on or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. If you applied for a U.S. passport during this time ...
Read More»

American Consulate General Networks with Alumni at Flagship Conference

On June 9, the American Consulate General in Jerusalem brought together approximately 500 Palestinian alumni of U.S. government exchange and long-term educational programs for “AlumniLinked.ps” conference – the Consulate General’s flagship event this year. The conference, held at the Red Crescent Society in Ramallah, focused on the power of Palestinian alumni to lead and serve.  ...
Read More»

Consul General Michael Ratney’s Independence Day Remarks

Good evening everyone, and welcome to our celebration of the 239th anniversary of America’s independence. As you may know, this event is something of a farewell for me. In a few weeks, I’ll finish my tour as Consul General and return to Washington after three years in Jerusalem, three years that have easily been the ...
Read More»

Possible Demonstrations on May 30, 2015

The Consulate General received reports of a planned demonstration on Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. starting from Zion Square and moving through Menashe Ben Israel Street to Israel Defense Force Park.­­­ We remind you that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. We advise you to be ...
Read More»

Completion of the Nablus-Beit Iba-Deir Sharaf Road Rehabilitation Project

Nablus – PA Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah, American Consul General Michael A. Ratney, and USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden, visited the Nablus Governorate on Thursday to celebrate the completion of the 8-kilometer Nablus-Beit Iba-Deir Sharaf Road rehabilitation project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development. The Ministry of ...
Read More»

Remarks by Consul General Ratney at the Consulate’s 2015 Reception Honoring Palestinian Journalists and Journalism

Good evening, I would like to welcome all of you here to this reception to honor Palestinian Journalists and the profession of journalism.  I would like to welcome Deputy Minister of Information Dr. Mhamoud Khalifa and Dr. Abdelnasser Al-Najah from the Journalists’ syndicate. We also have a number of journalists who were able to join ...
Read More»

U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

The U.S. Consulate advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution near the Knesset due to a possible demonstration on Monday afternoon and evening. The Consulate reminds U.S. Citizens that protests can turn violent. Citizens should follow police instructions and avoid areas of heavy police presence‎. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in ...
Read More»

Palestinian Journalism Students Use Training on Environmental Issues to Help Their Communities

With a grant provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, more than 60 young Palestinians studying journalism and communications at universities in the Hebron and Nablus areas received intensive training on environmental awareness and outreach conducted by the Palestinian Center for the Environment (CEP).  The students recently concluded the first phase of the training ...
Read More»

American Consulate General Empowers Palestinian Women with Leadership Conference

On April 20, the American Consulate General brought together over 70 professional Palestinian women for the Palestinian Women’s Leadership Conference in Ramallah, engaging them in a conversation on how to achieve success as Palestinian women leaders. Attendees included prominent women leaders in fields like business and politics from local and international organizations. Amal Daragmeh Masri, ...
Read More»

American Consul General Michael Ratney Sends Passover and Easter Greetings to Residents of Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip

For millions of Christians and Jews in the Holy Land, this season holds great meaning. Jewish families will gather in homes across Jerusalem to break bread and recall the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. Christian communities will gather at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to commemorate the death ...
Read More»

American Consulate General Celebrates English Access Microscholarship Graduation in WestBank

From March 20 to April 3, 920 Palestinian students from the West Bank and Jerusalem graduated from the English Access Microscholarship Program — an 18-month program that requires students to spend several hundred hours after school and during summer holidays learning and improving their English. The Access program, funded by the U.S. Department of State ...
Read More»

Op-ed: Palestinian Women Charting a New Future for the Region

By Dorothy Shea, American Deputy Consul General, Jerusalem Advancing women’s rights has been a major challenge, even in America. It was not until 1848, more than 60 years after our nation’s founding, that the movement for women’s suffrage got underway in Seneca Falls, New York. And it would be another 70 years before the 19th ...
Read More»

The American Consulate General in Jerusalem Honors Palestinian Nominee for International Woman of Courage Award

Deputy Principal Officer Dorothy Shea of the American Consulate General in Jerusalem hosted a ceremony in honor of Maysoon Al Qawasmeh, a nominee for the 2015 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage award. More than 100 guests attended the event at the Movenpick Hotel in Ramallah, including prominent civil society activists and leaders, and ...
Read More»

U.S. Consul General Condemns Recent Arson and Vandalism at Church and Mosque after Visiting Both

“U.S. Consul General Condemns recent arson and vandalism at church and mosque after visiting both: “Yesterday I visited the Greek Orthodox Seminary and today I visited a mosque in the Palestinian village of al-Jabaa near Bethlehem; both had been torched and vandalized earlier in the week in apparent ‘price tag’ attacks. Make no mistake, any ...
Read More»

U.S. Consul General Condemns Recent Arson and Vandalism at Church and Mosque after Visiting Both

U.S. Consul General Condemns recent arson and vandalism at church and mosque after visiting both: “Yesterday I visited the Greek Orthodox Seminary and today I visited a mosque in the Palestinian village of al-Jabaa near Bethlehem; both had been torched and vandalized earlier in the week in apparent ‘price tag’ attacks. Make no mistake, any ...
Read More»

The American Consulate General in Jerusalem Holds a Presentation on Improvements to the American Visa Application Process

Jerusalem – The American Consulate General in Jerusalem invited local travel agents for a presentation today on improvements to the American visa application process.  Consulate General officials outlined a number of steps undertaken to ease the application process for visa renewals and streamline the visa scheduling system.  Over 30 travel agents attended the workshop held ...
Read More»

American Consul General Michael Ratney Sends Christmas and New Year’s Greetings to Residents of Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip

Merry Christmas from all of us at the American Consulate General in Jerusalem. The Christmas holiday marks the birth of Jesus Christ, on a sacred spot in Bethlehem, amazingly just a few miles from here. On Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ life and the teachings – to love our neighbors as we would love ourselves. May ...
Read More»

Palestinian Authority and USAID Inaugurate the Newly Constructed Elementary Boys’ School in Beit Kahil

Beit Kahil, West Bank – On Wednesday, December 17, the Palestinian Authority, the United States Agency for International Development, and its implementing partner Global Communities celebrated the inauguration of the newly constructed Beit Kahil Elementary Boys’ School. Beit Kahil is located in the Hebron Governorate, six kilometers northwest of Hebron city. The event was attended by ...
Read More»

U.S. Government Donates $10 Million for the Removal of Rubble in Gaza

Donation Part of a Pledge Made at October 2014 Gaza Donors Conference Ramallah, West Bank – The American Consulate General in Jerusalem and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission announce the donation of $10 million to the United Nations Development Programme for the removal of rubble in Gaza.  This donation ...
Read More»

Bethlehem Municipality, USAID, and ANERA Launch the Rehabilitation of Bethlehem’s Old Market

Bethlehem – On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Bethlehem Municipality, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and its implementing partner ANERA, launched the rehabilitation of Bethlehem’s Old Market. Once completed, the renovated market will be able to serve as one of Bethlehem’s economic and social hubs. The event took place in Bethlehem’s Manger ...
Read More»

The American Consulate General will host its Fifth Annual Women’s Micro-Enterprise Bazaar

On December 3-4, the American Consulate General will host its Fifth Annual Women’s Micro-Enterprise Bazaar at the Ambassador Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem. The bazaar will bring together women artists, merchants, designers, and manufacturers of goods that include traditional Palestinian embroidery, hand-made soap, jewelry, foodstuffs, ceramics, candles, and more. Palestinian women entrepreneurs from Jerusalem, Ramallah, ...
Read More»

15-member Palestinian Delegation Return from Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Jerusalem – The American Consulate General in Jerusalem sponsored 15 Palestinians’ participation in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Marrakech, Morocco last week, demonstrating the U.S. government’s continued support for economic development in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza. The Palestinian delegation was one of the largest at the summit, which attracted as many as ...
Read More»

American Consul General Michael Ratney Launches Ramallah Start-Up Weekend

Announces $290,000 Grant to Spur Growth of Palestinian Technology Sector  Jerusalem – American Consul General Michael Ratney joined future Palestinian entrepreneurs in hailing the opening of Ramallah Startup Weekend. In cooperation with Leaders Organization and held at their eZone center, the event convened dozens of young, tech-savvy Palestinian technology professionals and entrepreneurs for the beginning ...
Read More»

Launch of a New Service Delivery Improvement Initiative

El Bireh, West Bank – On Wednesday, November 19, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated the launch of an initiative to improve public services provided by government ministries through the application of a Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Model – a guide designed for government managers to use ...
Read More»

Inauguration of the Civil Registry at the Bethlehem Court

Bethlehem, West Bank – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission inaugurated the newly renovated civil registry at the Bethlehem Court Complex. The newly renovated offices will support improved delivery of services to the public.  USAID invested in this renovation which will serve more ...
Read More»

Consul General Ratney: We express our deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the horrific terrorist attack at Kehilat Yaakov synagogue

Consul General Ratney: We at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem express our deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the horrific terrorist attack at Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in Har Hof in Jerusalem. I echo Secretary Kerry’s condemnation of this morning’s senseless brutality, made all the more heinous by the fact that it ...
Read More»

Attack at Synagogue

A terrorist attack on Tuesday at a synagogue in Har Nof in West Jerusalem killed five people, including three U.S. citizens, and injured several others. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – one of six active designated foreign terrorist organizations – has claimed responsibility, though this remains unverified. This attack is in ...
Read More»

American Consulate General in Jerusalem, in Cooperation with EducationUSA in Gaza and the West Bank, Hosts International Education Week 2014

November 17-21, 2014 marks the 15th annual International Education Week (IEW),  a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State that celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world.  Over 100 countries now celebrate this week. During IEW, the American Consulate ...
Read More»

IEW Education Celebration, AMIDEAST

Dorothy C. Shea, Deputy Principal Officer Good morning.  It is a pleasure to be here with you today and to see so many members of Palestinian educational institutions in the audience. صباح الخير. يسعدني ان اكون معكم هنا اليوم لرؤية العديد من الموئسسات التعليمية من بين الجمهور. I would particularly like to thank Dr. Jehad ...
Read More»

American Consul General Michael Ratney Joins in Inaugurating a Joint American/Italian Car Dealership in Hebron

Touts Hebron as a Place for Business and Profit American Consul General Michael Ratney joined Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa, auto executives from the American/Italian auto company Chrysler/Fiat, as well as local dignitaries to inaugurate a Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler car dealership in Hebron on November 6. Under local management and ownership, the new dealership is ...
Read More»

American Consul General Michael Ratney Participates in Canaan Fair Trade Olive Harvest Festival in Jenin

U.S. Helps Palestinian Farmers Bring Produce to Consumers Around the Globe American Consul General Michael Ratney participated in the tenth annual olive harvest festival in Jenin today where he visited with local farmers and met Canaan Fair Trade Olive Harvest Festival Director Nasser Abufarha. For the third consecutive year, Consul General Ratney joined the annual ...
Read More»

The U.S. Government Announces a $7.5 Million Contribution to the World Food Programme for Food Assistance in the West Bank and Gaza

Nablus, West Bank – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden announced today a $7.5 million U.S. contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for food assistance in the West Bank and Gaza. This contribution will provide emergency food assistance to 32,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) ...
Read More»

The U.S. Government Provides $100 Million in Budget Support for the Palestinian Authority

Ramallah, West Bank – In a ceremony on November 5 at the Office of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, U.S. Consul General Michael Ratney, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden announced $100 million in budget support for the Palestinian Authority (PA). ...
Read More»

Situation in Jerusalem

John Kerry, Secretary of State, Washington, DC I strongly condemn yesterday’s shooting of a U.S. citizen outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. The State Department is in touch with authorities as we seek more information. I am extremely concerned by escalating tensions across Jerusalem and ...
Read More»

Death of U.S. Minor in Silwad

The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24. Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. We call for a ...
Read More»

Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and ...
Read More»

Retransmission of the Worldwide Caution released by the Department of State on October 10, 2014

PDF available here.  (PDF – 157KB) United States Consulate General Jerusalem October 21, 2014 This is a re-transmission of the Worldwide Caution released by the Department of State on October 10, 2014. The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests ...
Read More»

Re-transmission of the Worldwide Caution released by the Department of State on (October 10, 2014)

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution ...
Read More»

American Consulate General Co-Sponsors Palestinian University Students’ Efforts to Map West African Nations Stricken with Ebola

The American Consulate General in Jerusalem is co-sponsoring forty Palestinian university students in Ramallah to compete with several dozen college students in the United States in a “Mapathon” on Saturday, October 18. Over six hours, the two groups of students will use “open mapping” technology to put together maps of roads, bridges, and buildings that ...
Read More»

The Marathon to Close the Gender Gap

By Dorothy Shea, Deputy Principal Officer Palestinians should be applauded for largely eliminating the gender gap in education. Secretary John Kerry said that finding a solution to gender inequality is a marathon and not a sprint. I’ve only recently arrived in Jerusalem but I’ve already been impressed by how boldly Palestinians are running this marathon. ...
Read More»

U.S. Consul General Visits the Deir Sha’ar Pipeline, Hebron University and the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank

American Consul General Michael Ratney visited the USAID-funded Deir Sha’ar pipeline on September 9. During his visit, the Consul General was briefed on the importance of the $16 million, 11.5 km pipeline, which will benefit 550,000 people when operational and flowing at full capacity. Consul General Ratney noted the enormous benefit that this additional water ...
Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Rockets; Move of Personnel out of Be’er Sheva

Due to ongoing hostilities and the continuing rocket attacks throughout Israel, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv has relocated Embassy personnel assigned to Be’er Sheva north to Herzliya.  The Embassy and its annexes continue to operate at minimal staffing.  The Consular Section will continue to provide only emergency services.  Embassy personnel are not permitted to travel south ...
Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on On-Going Clashes in Jerusalem

The Consulate General continues to closely monitor the security situation in Jerusalem. Israel National Police continues to have a heavy police presence in many of the areas experiencing clashes and is continuing to restrict vehicular traffic to these neighborhoods. Continued clashes this evening are possible in many of the locations that saw clashes today, including Shu’fat, ...
Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Old City and Shufat Neighborhood Off-Limits for Official US Personnel Today

There were demonstrations and clashes overnight in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods and the Consulate General has put both the Shufat neighborhood and the Old City off-limits today for official U.S. personnel and their families. Israeli National Police continues to restrict vehicular traffic along numerous roads that lead to some of the East Jerusalem neighborhoods that ...
Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem Demonstrations and Light Rail

Demonstrations and police activities are ongoing in various parts of Jerusalem today, including the Shuafat, Beit Hanina, and Wadi Joz neighborhoods.  The Jerusalem light rail system is currently limiting its service and there is no service north of French Hill. The Consulate General is monitoring the situation closely. These events underscore the importance of situational ...
Read More»

Consul General Ratney tells Independence Day Celebration guests: “Peace is what all of us are working towards”

JERUSALEM – American Consul General Michael A. Ratney hosted the 238th anniversary celebration of America’s independence at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem today, where he spoke about the United States’ historic diplomatic mission in the Holy Land, noting some of the Consulate General’s significant milestones since its establishment in 1857.  Ratney told an audience ...
Read More»

American Consul General Michael Ratney Tells Palestinian-Americans to build “Positive Momentum” for Peace Process

American Consul General to Jerusalem Michael A. Ratney addressed the 56th annual convention of the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine (AFRP), held for the first time in Ramallah today.  Consul General Ratney gave a tour d’horizon of the Obama administration’s efforts to facilitate Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and told over 1500 Palestinian-Americans gathered that the U.S. ...
Read More»

U.S. Consulate hosts video conference and tweetup with Gaza students

As part of the #AskConsulGeneral social media campaign, the Consulate General organized a video conference and “tweetup” event with Gaza students and alumni interested in pursuing their higher education in the U.S. On May 8, more than 15 students came to Gaza’s American Corner in Al-Azhar University, with general questions about requirements for student visas ...
Read More»

U.S. Consul General Visits the Nablus-Beit Iba-Deir Sharaf Road – the Largest U.S. Investment in a Single Road Project in the West Bank

Press Release Jerusalem For Immediate Release American Consul General Michael Ratney visited the USAID- funded Nablus-Beit Iba-Deir Sharaf road on April 14.  During his visit, the Consul General was briefed on the importance of the 16.5 million dollar, 7.7 km road, which will serve as major route between Nablus and the northern governorates of Tulkarem, Jenin, and ...
Read More»

World Wide Caution for U.S. Citizens April 11, 2014

The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution ...
Read More»

2014 Messages to U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens that “Land Day” will be commemorated on Sunday, March 29, in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Israel. Demonstrations and heightened tensions may continue on Monday, March 30, and through the next week. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise an extra measure of caution. The U.S. Consulate ...
Read More»

American Consulate General Celebrates English Access Microscholarship Graduation in West Bank and Gaza

From January 31 to February 24, 1,350 Palestinian students from the West Bank and Gaza graduated from the English Access Microscholarship Program — an 18-month program that requires students to spend several hundred hours after school and during summer holidays learning and improving their English. The Access program, funded by the U.S. Department of State ...
Read More»

Consulate General to Launch Online Video Series “Ask the Consulate General”

The U.S. Consulate General launched its online video series, “Ask the Consulate General, ” with American Consul General Michael Ratney inaugurating the first video response. The U.S. Consulate General is inviting the Palestinian public to visit the Consulate General’s social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter , to submit questions about the work of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Answers will ...
Read More»
Show More ∨