1,306 Students Graduate from the Access Program to Improve Skills for the Future

Jerusalem – Over the last month, 1,306 Palestinian students from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza graduated from the English Access Microscholarship Program, which aims to empower ambitious Palestinian students and prepare them for the future by improving their English and building their skills that will help them succeed in their future studies and professions. ...
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IIE Announced Winners of 2018 Goldberg Prize

JERUSALEM – June 13, 2018 – IIE awarded the 14th annual IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East to three pairs of Jewish Israelis and Muslim Arabs working to advance peace and reduce tensions in the region. Harb Amara, Sheikh Raed Badir, Dor Dayan, Shadi Khatib, Roie Ravitsky and Dr. Nava ...
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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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National Police Week

Forty Eight U.S. Consulate Jerusalem and U.S. Embassy Jerusalem staff and family members participated in the National Police Week run to honor the sacrifices of our law enforcement officials. Learn more here:   
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International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem organized an event entitled “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity.” The event included remarks from female staff members, a panel on work-life balance, and group discussions.  
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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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Interview With Michel Ghandour of Al Hurra TV

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Crowne Plaza Hotel Kuwait City, Kuwait February 13, 2018 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, first, thank you for your time and for the opportunity that you give Al Hurra. We start from where you finished your day in Kuwait – it’s a long day. How do you view the fact that ...
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U.S. Special Representative Jason Greenblatt Lauds 3G Deal

I am pleased to mark this week’s launch of 3G cellular services by Palestinian mobile phone operators Jawwal and Wataniya in the West Bank. The U.S. government is proud to have worked closely with the Palestinian Authority, the Government of Israel, the operators, and the Office of the Quartet to encourage this tangible improvement in ...
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Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem

Diplomatic Reception Room 1:07 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches. ...
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What is the 2018 GIST Tech-I Competition?

The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online which are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. New this year, U.S. Department of State is inviting all ...
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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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USAID Inaugurates New Bethlehem Stone and Marble Facility

West Bank – Today, USAID inaugurated Arts of Carved Stone, a new stone and marble company at the Bethlehem Multidisciplinary Industrial Park. USAID’s investments provided the company, also known as Techno Founoun, with the latest technology to maintain a competitive edge in global markets such as Moscow and Sao Paulo. The new facility, completed in ...
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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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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 on Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation Efforts

Statement by Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt on Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation Efforts All parties agree that it is essential that the Palestinian Authority be able to assume full, genuine, and unhindered civil and security responsibilities in Gaza and that we work together to improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinians living there. The United States ...
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U.S. Consul General Launches Conservation Project at Solomon’s Pools in Bethlehem

U.S. Consul General Launches Conservation Project at Solomon’s Pools in Bethlehem JERUSALEM – Consul General Donald Blome joined Palestinian officials and dignitaries to launch a major conservation project to protect and preserve the famous Solomon’s Pools archaeological site in Bethlehem. The USD $750,000 project consists of a $500,000 grant from the State Department’s Ambassador Fund ...
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U.S. Launches $10 Million Water Investment in Jericho City to Benefit Palestinian Farmers

JERUSALEM – Today, the United States government announced a $10 million USAID investment to increase Palestinian access to agricultural water by expanding the Jericho wastewater collection system to an additional 10,000 residents. The new water lines will expand the existing pipes installed by USAID in 2015 to connect a total of 70% of Jericho residents ...
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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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Press Release: Quartet Envoys’ Joint Press Statement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 28, 2017 The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations welcome efforts, including those of Egypt, to create the conditions for the Palestinian Authority to assume its responsibilities in Gaza. They urge the ...
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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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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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My Arab Idol – Op-ed by Deputy Consul General Dorothy Shea.

My Arab Idol March 8th was International Women’s Day – a chance to celebrate the achievements of women, and look for ways to empower and encourage women’s voices and leadership.  However, in the United States, one day is simply not enough; we spend the entire month of March celebrating women as part of Women’s History ...
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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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Joint Statement by U.S. Special Representative Greenblatt and Prime Minister Netanyahu following their meeting.

The Prime Minister met tonight in Jerusalem for over five hours with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations. They reaffirmed the joint commitment of both Israel and the United States to advance a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians that strengthens the security of Israel and ...
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U.S. Consulate Helps Palestinian Law Students Shine on the International Stage, Invests in Palestinian Justice Sector

JERUSALEM – Over the last two days Palestinian law students from seven West Bank universities competed in Ramallah at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition – the largest moot court competition in the world with over 550 participating universities in over 80 countries.  With support from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, ...
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U.S. Visa

In line with the U.S. federal court ruling barring the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, residents of the seven countries affected by the executive order who possess visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid. Neither Palestinian nor Israeli travelers were affected by ...
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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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Joint Statement from the U.S.-Palestinian Political Dialogue

Delegations headed by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Secretary General Saeb Erakat and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart E. Jones met today in Washington for the U.S.-Palestinian Political Dialogue.  The Dialogue offered an opportunity for the Delegations to discuss a range of issues of concern at a senior ...
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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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American Consulate Celebrates International Education Week throughout the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza

JERUSALEM – This week marks the 17th annual International Education Week (IEW), a worldwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the importance of international education as a means of empowering young people. At an inaugural event on Monday, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and the ...
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Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs from Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza Launch Seventh Annual Bazaar

JERUSALEM – On November 15, the American Consulate General launched the Seventh Annual Women’s Microenterprise Bazaar with an inaugural event and fashion presentationof the handmade products available for sale. The bazaar will be open to the public from November 16-17 at the Ambassador Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem. It brings together Palestinian women artists, merchants, designers, and manufacturers ...
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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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Remarks by President Obama at Memorial Service for Former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Mount Herzl Jerusalem, Israel 11:14 A.M. IDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Zvia, Yoni, Chemi and generations of the Peres family; President Rivlin; Prime Minister Netanyahu; members of the Israeli government and the Knesset; heads of state and the government and guests from around the world, including President Abbas, whose presence here is a gesture and a reminder ...
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Palestinian Delegation Travels to U.S. to Foster American-Palestinian Academic Partnerships

JERUSALEM – On September 24, eight high-level Palestinian university leaders, along with representatives from the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the local private sector, traveled to the United States to take part in a two-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the first ever U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Dialogue.  This U.S. Consulate General ...
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The 7th Annual Women’s Micro-Enterprise Bazaar November 16-17, 2016

  Micro-enterprise bazaar recruitment letter 2016 The 7th Annual Women’s Micro-Enterprise Bazaar November 16-17, 2016 (Sponsored by the Public Affairs Section at the American Consulate General in Jerusalem)     Application forms should be submitted only by email to JerusalemPDJApplications@state.gov   Gaza applications deadline: September 25, 2016 Jerusalem/West Bank applications deadline: October 4, 2016   Name(s) of Applicant: _________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________ ...
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U.S. Consul General Donald Blome Congratulates Al-Quds Bard College Graduates

On Tuesday, 45 Palestinian students graduated with bachelor’s degree and 63 with Masters Degrees from the Al Quds Bard College (AQB) – a joint U.S.-Palestinian educational partnership providing enhanced opportunities for students to study fields in the liberal arts. The U.S. government is a leading supporter of the Al Quds Bard partnership – providing more ...
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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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U.S. BanaTech program connects Palestinian girls with success in science and technology

JERUSALEM – The American Consulate General in Jerusalem today launched the BanaTech program that will connect young Palestinian female students to the mentors and skills they need to succeed in the fields of science and technology. The six-month training program, conducted in cooperation with Al-Nayzak, Jawal, Birzeit University, An-Najah University and Palestine PolyTechnic University, will ...
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Professional American Basketball Players Teach Palestinian Kids the Love of the Game

JERUSALEM – Two professional American basketball players from the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) are traveling July 13-16 through Jerusalem and the West Bank – a trip made possible by the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. The delegation includes players Kelenna Azubuike and Temeka Johnson , as well as three NBA trainers and administrators, who will run clinics for ...
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Report of the Middle East Quartet

At its meeting in Munich on 12 February 2016, the Middle East Quartet reiterated its concern that current trends are imperiling the viability of the two-state solution. Under- lining its commitment to supporting a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, the Quartet agreed to prepare a report on the situation on the ...
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U.S. Consulate General Brings Gospel Music to Jerusalem and the West Bank

The Jones Family gospel group is touring Jerusalem and the West Bank this week to share American gospel music with the Palestinian public – a trip made possible by the U.S. State Department’s Arts Envoy program and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.  The Jones Family Singers, consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father, have been ...
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1,200 Palestinian Students Graduate from the U.S. Consulate’s English-language Access Program

Over the last month, 1,261 Palestinian students from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza graduated from the U.S. Consulate General’s English Access Microscholarship Program – an 18-month program that empowers ambitious Palestinian students to improve their English and build skills for the future. The Access program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered ...
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U.S. Consul General hosts “Grown in Gaza” and Announces New Gaza Recovery Program

  On May 9, U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem Donald A. Blome hosted “Grown in Gaza”, an event bringing together policy-makers, Palestinian farmers, and journalists to highlight the potential of Gaza’s agricultural sector. The event featured Jamal Sobeh, a prominent chef from Gaza, fresh Gaza produce, and food using traditional Gaza recipes.  In remarks to ...
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An Open Letter to Palestinian Women: Be Bold! When Women Succeed, Societies Flourish

JERUSLAEM – The American Consulate General in Jerusalem conducted numerous activities in the month of March to commemorate the Women’s History Month. Deputy Principal Officer Dorothy Shea wrote this open letter to Palestinian women as a conclusion to those activities. This open letter was published by multiple Palestinian news organizations on March 31, 2016: As ...
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American Consul General Travels to Nablus to Deepen Cooperation

Jerusalem- January 21, 2016 American Consul General Donald Blome traveled to Nablus today to meet with the Governor and deepen the U.S. Government’s engagement with Palestinians in this important West Bank city and governorate. He and Governor Akram Rajoub discussed the range of U.S. Consulate General programs in Nablus which include  USAID investments in water, ...
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U.S. Consulate Helps Palestinian Law Students, Invests in Palestinian Justice Sector

Over the last two days Palestinian law students from six West Bank universities competed in Ramallah at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition – the largest moot court competition in the world with over 550 participating universities in over 80 countries. With support from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, the two ...
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Ambassador Sepulveda Delivers Remarks to Palestinian Officials on the Impact of the 3G

On February 3, 2016, the Palestinian-American Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner with the Palestinian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) community in Ramallah in order to meet Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda during his visit to the Palestinian territories. Ambassador Sepulveda, who serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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). ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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