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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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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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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Statement of Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt

Sunday, January 28, 2018 Today I toured the area surrounding the Gaza Strip and received a comprehensive security briefing. I am deeply angered by Hamas’ continued terror activity, including the digging of tunnels that facilitate terrorist activities. Such activities show Hamas’ continued exploitation of the people of Gaza and Hamas’ threats to stability and security ...
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Transcription for Telephonic Press Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary David Satterfield

December 10, 2017 Transcription for Telephonic Press Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield Moderator:  Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by.  Welcome to the Jerusalem briefing with Assistant Secretary Satterfield.  At this time, all participants are in a listen only mode.  Should you require any assistance ...
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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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U.S. Deputy Consul General Michael Hankey Congratulates Al-Quds Bard College Graduates, Emphasizes U.S. Support for Palestinian Students

JERUSALEM – On Tuesday, 44 Palestinian students graduated with bachelor’s degree and nine 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 – ...
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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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Department Press Briefing – July 20, 2017

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 20, 2017 Department Press Briefing – July 20, 2017 ( https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2017/07/272746.htm ) · We support the status quo and we welcome all sides continuing their commitment to maintaining the status quo. · We are encouraging both sides to not take any actions that would potentially escalate tensions. ...
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Celebrating Achievements of Master’s Scholarship Alumni

West Bank – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development celebrated alumni achievements of the Master’s Scholarship Program. The event, jointly presented via simulcast in Ramallah and Gaza, celebrated 20 scholarship recipients who successfully completed their graduate studies in the United States. Upon their return home, the scholars have engaged in activities to make positive ...
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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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U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem Celebrates American Independence Day

JERUSALEM – Consul General Donald Blome and his wife, Debbie, welcomed nearly 700 guests to their official residence for the Consulate General’s annual American Independence Day celebration.  The Palestinian Authority was represented by His Excellency, Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah.  U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt attended the event as part of his ...
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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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U.S.-Palestinian Energy Dialogue Expands Palestinian Access to Energy as a Step to Peace

JERUSALEM – The United States and the Palestinian Authority launched the first U.S.-Palestinian Energy Dialogue yesterday in Ramallah.  As U.S. President Trump has made clear, meaningful economic growth in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is essential to enhancing the prospects for a just and lasting peace.  The U.S.-Palestinian Energy Dialogue focuses on improving the ...
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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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Trump Administration Welcomes Israel Steps to Improve the Palestinian Economy

As the President has expressed many times, he is personally committed to doing everything he can to achieve a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.  He has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peace making.  He has expressed particular interest in taking steps to improve the Palestinian economy in the West ...
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1,350 Palestinian Students Graduate from the U.S. Consulate’s English-Language Access Program

1,350 Palestinian Students Graduate from the U.S. Consulate’s English-Language Access Program Ready for Success JERUSALEM – Over the last month, 1,350 Palestinian students from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza graduated from the U.S. Consulate General’s English Access Microscholarship Program – an 18-month intensive program that empowers ambitious Palestinian students to improve their English and ...
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Video-conference With Israeli and Palestinian Business Leaders

As part of the Trump Administration’s broader efforts to advance a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, senior administration officials held a video-conference on April 20 with Israeli and Palestinian private sector leaders, as well as representatives from the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, to discuss measures to develop the ...
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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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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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Consul General Donald Blome visits Mizra Sharqiya village

Consul General Donald Blome visited the town of Mizra Sharqiya, where there are a very large number of Palestinian-American residents. The Consul General thanked the community for deepening the bonds that tie Americans and Palestinians together. Check out this selfie of the Consul General with Sheikha Fatima’s impressive teachers
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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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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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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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Press Release: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots 6 October 2016

Don’t wait; return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places.  Same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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