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State Dept. Issues Worldwide Travel Warning After Trump Jerusalem Announcement

by Countable | 12.7.17

What’s the story?

Hours after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the State Department issued a "worldwide caution" to U.S. citizens travelling abroad.

What’s the concern?

The President’s move received widespread condemnation from world leaders and led to protests in the Gaza Strip and West Bank that left dozens injured.

Islamist militant group Hamas said Trump’s decision would "open the gates of hell" and Islamic Jihad called the announcement a “declaration of war.”

While the State Dept. warning does not mention the President’s announcement directly, it cautions U.S. citizens that

"In addition to concerns stemming from terrorism, travelers should be alert to the possibility of political unrest, violence, demonstrations, and criminal activities when traveling."

Travelers are advised to "to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling" as “terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qa’ida, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations, are intent on attacking U.S. citizens wherever they are.”

U.S. embassies in the Middle East have upped their security measures and remain on high alert.

The last time a worldwide caution was issued was in 2003, following the start of the Iraq War.

What do you think?

Do you support President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Will this "worldwide caution" change your travel plans? Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps.

—Josh Herman

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  • Karan
    12/07/2017
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    Before you liberals get mad, remember this was bipartisan. Chuck Schumer also said that the embassy belongs in Jerusalem. Bernie Sanders voted to move the embassy there and to recognize it. Don’t blame Trump for everything. You can’t say that it messed up the peace process because there was no peace in the first place. We are just putting the embassy where it belongs

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  • Deirdre
    12/07/2017
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    I don’t care who thought of this stupid idea but thanks for putting the lives of US citizens in danger. Thanks for stoking the hatred that other countries have for us. This is a horrible idea to only help out the Jewish people and not the Palestinians. This just shows how absolutely idiotic our government is. This should have been thought all the way to the end. To favor one group over another has only made the situation worse, not only over there but now US citizens have to worry about traveling. The stupidity is just beyond words

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  • Jesse
    12/07/2017
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    this president knows nothing about the Middle Eastern Peace Process at all

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/07/2017
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    Dear Muslims. Please excuse America. We love democracy so much that sometimes, some of us vote for clowns, or cowboys, or racist pigs. Just to have a laugh about it. Stupid, we know. So don’t worry too much. We’ll straighten it all out like we always do. Starting November 2018 we promise to start electing qualified adults to help stop all this nonsense. Again sorry 🤦🏽‍♂️🤷‍♀️ sincerely, cooler heads.

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  • Ticktock
    12/08/2017
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    Regardless who thinks that the Embassy belongs in Jerusalem doesn’t mean that their opinion is worth a hill of beans. Let’s see how many are killed and how long it takes for war in the Middle East to be declared. It’s not a liberal or conservative issue. The issue is whether the the decision served our interests and promotes peace. This decision does neither.

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  • Lisa
    12/07/2017
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    Clinton, Bush, Obama And Schumer also wanted the embassy moved. Now we have a president with a backbone instead of passing it on and on....Karen has hit the nail on the head with her comment!

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  • Azrael
    12/07/2017
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    Worldwide warning? This should make every citizen physically ill first, mad as hell second and make them finally move their butts to fix the damage of this administration

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  • Michael
    12/07/2017
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    I support the President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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  • Barb
    12/07/2017
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    This is another dangerous diversion away from his lies and deceit. There was no reason for this big announcement besides giving folks something else to talk about besides his idiocy and Mueller troubles.

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  • Donna
    12/07/2017
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    Making a unilateral decision like this is dangerous for the residents of Jerusalem and Americans all over the world. Spending billions of dollars to hire architects, engineers and the like to replace a perfectly fine building in Tel Aviv is disgraceful. Since this country has already blown the money I paid for my Medicare and Social Security, I don't feel the need to contribute my tax dollars to this endeavor. If Trump and his friends want the embassy moved, let them put up the money.

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  • Poli.Sci
    12/08/2017
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    It is about time we made this decision. Israel’s capital is and always will be Jerusalem. The United States has finally done what he last three administrations would have loved to do, including many Senators and Representatives from both sides of the isle. For those saying this is messing up the peace process, tell me where the process and what stage it is in? Israel defends itself from indiscriminate missile and mortar fire every day coming from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and outside its borders. I’d like to see the Arab League try to make a military solution against Israel, considering the IDF has kicked the Arab League butt multiple times in its VERY short history. I support this, as do my Jewish friends who regularly ask for my support in this matter, which they know they have from me. I am a Christian, and the Palestinians are terrorists against a society of people who tend to keep to themselves unless provoked. The world was in favor of a Jewish State, and Jerusalem can not be separated from that fact. If the Arabs want to be mad at watching one of their religious establishments disappear from their land, they have plenty more to adorn Muhammad at. Jews and Christians have Jerusalem as their primary religious site, which goes hand in hand with the Jewish State.

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  • Michael.J.L
    12/08/2017
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    The bill ( brought by Sen. Dole and passed on a bipartisan vote) to move the Embassy to Jerusalem was passed in 1995, to take effect in 1999. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama vetoed the move every year they were in office, stating it is not in the purview of Congress to do this but in the power of the President. So now Trump, to pander to PM Netanyahu and the Evangelicals signs an Executive Order to recognize Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel and move the Embassy. Just because he had the authority to do so doesn't make it right or smart. Now how many more Israelis, Palestinians and yes, Americans will suffer because of this unnecessary move?

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/08/2017
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    Merry Christmas Vice President Pence. The people of Bethlehem say your not welcome there. 🙏

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  • KansasTamale
    12/07/2017
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    This is why no other administration made this kind of designation in Israel. This designation is going to cost the US in more attacks, people’s lives lost & possibly another war. Does Trump not have enough wars going on - probably not putting money in his pocket fast enough. This is an abomination of the worst kind when it comes to negotiations and safety for the US.

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  • Countryfirst
    12/07/2017
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    This orange haired buffoon makes one embarrassed to say you're an American..the entire world hates this idiot in chief and now he's made it dangerous for us to even travel..IMPEACH THIS EVIL MAN NOW!!!

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  • Suha
    12/08/2017
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    Trump has NO right to declare that kind of decision. Israel is NOT recognized as a country for Trump or anyone else to rule. That land is only PALESTINIAN land and belongs to the Arab people. Everyone knows the truth about how the Jewish people 1st fled from Hitler then went to the holy land and stole the land from the Arab people with the help from the U S. Trump is doing this for a few reasons for his own benefit in the future and his political career and speaking of that he’s doing this to COVER UP his scandal with Russia. I’m sorry to say that most of the American people have no idea of what’s going on in the political news in the world and only busy with celebrating one holiday after another just about every month of the year but still certainly the people are embarrassed of Trump being in The White House including myself. I personally wish that all people would learn more of the world around us and truly be aware of what’s happening and why. Our children need to learn the truth about all history. They all do not know the truth about history, wars and how just in general people lived and how people are living now. Why do some countries to this day are so poor that people these days don’t even recognize and have forgotten . I’ve so much on my mind I could go on and write a book just to say what’s in my heart and believes. I just hope you get the sense of what I’m stating. Although I do want to say one last thing, Trump must be impeached as soon as possible. From day one in the White House until now it ha been a nightmare but certainly yesterday was the worst.

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  • Justin
    12/07/2017
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    Remember when Obama did the same thing? It’s funny how people see anything referring to trump and just lose their shit, even though their favorite president was doing the same shit, it was just swept under the rug thanks to the mainstream democrat ran media

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  • Warren
    12/07/2017
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    Trump should resign he's a sexual predator.no different then the 2 democratic who resign. Plus he's a crook. Lock him up.

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  • Vanessa
    12/08/2017
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    Mueller is closing in and the narcissist has realized his chaotic days as president are numbered so he’s desperate. Eleven months of crazy actions to please his dwindling base are enough. Any sane person must insist it’s time the two other branches of government step in and protect “all “ American citizens from ultimate harm.

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  • Mary
    12/08/2017
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    So Trump destabilizes the middle East, is taunting North Korea and he is still our president? Why are you letting this egomaniac continue to spread chaos and hatred over the world? Is it so important to be the political party in power that you disregard human decency, peace, and kindness to promote hate, bigotry, self service, corporations and the 1%. Your attacks on the poor elderly and middle class is heartless. Your agenda promotes nothing of a positive nature and belittles our country. You are a callous bunch of individuals that do not deserve the privilege of serving the people of this country.

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