US Blames Israel for Endangered Americans in PA

The US blamed Israel for endangered American citizens in the PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria in a travel warning issued Friday.

The United States bluntly told its citizens it is risky to travel to “Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” citing “threats to themselves and the U.S. interests in those locations.”

Although the U.S. trained and equipped the Palestinian Authority’s military police force several years ago – which “resulted in a marked decrease in violence in recent years” – the State Department nevertheless warned that Americans would still not be safe there.

One year ago, PA police gunned down a group of Israelis who were visiting the Tomb of the Prophet Joseph near Shechem, killing one and wounding four others. The tomb, which under the Oslo Accords is supposed to be maintained under Israel’s sovereignty, has been repeatedly vandalized by PA Arabs and its nearby Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva was closed several years ago after it was deemed too dangerous to keep open. The site is at present nearly inaccessible to Jews except when they arrive under heavy guard by the IDF, usually at night when the local Arab population is largely unaware of their presence.

“Demonstrations and violent incidents can occur without warning. Vehicles have also been the target of rocks, Molotov cocktails and gunfire on West Bank roads,” the warning pointed out – and then blamed IDF searches for terrorists for the violence.

“The IDF continues to carry out security operations in the West Bank,” noted the alert.

“Israeli security operations, including incursions in Palestinian population centers, can occur at any time and lead to disturbances and violence… U.S. citizens can be caught in the middle of potentially dangerous situations. Some U.S. citizens involved in demonstrations in the West Bank have sustained serious injuries in confrontations with Israeli security forces.” 

The State Department recommended that citizens, for their own safety, avoid demonstrations.

Many of the aforementioned American citizens who participate in such demonstrations enter the country under false pretenses, according to the IDF, and are anarchists supporting violent protests by Palestinian Authority Arab agitators that force the military to respond with riot control measures in order to prevent the crowd from becoming a murderous mob.

 

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By Chana Ya’ar

6 comments

  1. Dshap says:

    Phil,
    First I want to make very clear, I read and agree with most of your posts/ opinions. I read the article, appreciate the warnings from the US, but fail to see where Israel is getting “blamed”. I actually read the article as recognition that Israel is often forced into security operations and that US Anarchists may be hurt in the “crossfire” for lack of a better term. In my mind the pa terrorists are blamed here. If I’m mistaken please help my understanding.

    • @Dshape:
      The ‘blame’ is ‘understood’, since the response to violent protesters comes from the authorities, and in this case it’s Israel.

      One also need to consider the Int’l Communities’ “Accepted Rules of Blame”…..it’s ALWAYS Israel’s fault.

  2. Rick Chambers says:

    “U.S. citizens can be caught in the middle of potentially dangerous situations. Some U.S. citizens involved in demonstrations in the West Bank have sustained serious injuries in confrontations with Israeli security forces.(Police)”, kind of like any American big city. They need to advise no travel in the US to New York, L. A., Detroit, Chicago…

  3. Dshap says:

    Yes, the world blames us for everything. After all, it must be our fault that the suicide/murder bomber strapped the explosive vest to her body in order to murder civilian Jewish men women and children. Right? How dare we Jews insist on living in our own homeland and not allowing arabs to strike terror into our country. How dare we strike back with efficient and deadly force in response to their treachery.

    As far as I’m concerned, anyone who encourages or participates (be they American, Israeli, arab, or any other) in demonstrations in Judea and Samaria, against the state of Israel, must be aware of and know the consequences for their anarchy may be violent and may result in their own death. Same as breaking the law in any civilized society on earth.

  4. Dshap says:

    Wow, Phil, sorry I went off on a tangent in my last post. As for your response to my original post, thank you for taking the time. I still, respectfully disagree on your interpretation. There is plenty of blame to place on all governments of the world for anti-Israel rhetoric and actions. Hashem knows there is plenty to blame on the current administration and their half hearted if not devious “support” of Israel. I fear, however, if we cite articles and acts that are not accurate, and based solely on cloudy innuendo or inference…. We lose credibility and may not be taken seriously.

    • Of course I was being cynical about Israel always being blamed,even though it’s not too far off point. The article posted is indeed indicative in ‘Blame Israel first (for the headlines), and we’ll work out the truth later’. Examples, are abundant, the Marmara Flotilla, Cast Iron (was a RESPONSE to rockets fired at Israeli civilian centers), the Second Lebanese War (was a RESPONSE to the kidnapping of Israeli reservists), and lets not forget WHY there is a Blockade on Gaza.

      NOT posting the above article, and controlling the ‘print’ keeps the ‘Blame on Israel’ from becoming taken too serious, at least by the intelligent & educated. I propose, that there is a loss in credibility, when we in Israel allow Americans to make these ridiculous statements, and DON’T respond, but, let it go unanswered.

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