US Warns of Terror Attacks on Anniversary of Embassy Move

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The United States and Israel are set to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the American embassy to the Holy City, but of course, Palestinian terrorists are looking to turn a time of joy into one of violence. The Times of Israel‘s Michael Bachner reports that Americans in Jerusalem are being warned to avoid demonstrations and to heed the instructions of Israeli authorities, in order to stay safe from possible terror attacks:

The US embassy in Israel issued a security alert to American citizens, warning that Palestinian terrorists could choose to carry out attacks in Israel and the West Bank over the coming days.

“May 14, 2019, is the anniversary of the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem, as well as related protests along the Gaza periphery,” the embassy said in an email sent Monday to citizens in Israel that was also posted on its website. “Terrorist groups may choose the anniversary, which coincides with the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv (May 14-18), or Nakba Day (May 15), to conduct violent protests or an attack.”

Palestinian factions in Gaza are mobilizing a mass march toward the Israeli border fence on May 15, when Palestinians mark the “catastrophe” of Israel’s creation in 1948…

This year, the tense day coincides with the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Israel this year after singer Netta Barzilai won last year’s contest with her song “Toy.” The first semifinal is on Tuesday evening, the second on Thursday and the final on Saturday.

The US embassy statement stressed that “security incidents can occur well beyond Gaza and its periphery and at any time…”

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