Israelis to avoid Muslim areas abroad

Monday, July 31, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

The Israeli Foreign Ministry and the General Security Services have instructed all Israeli embassies abroad to request local authorities to augment the security on Israeli missions, diplomats, and Jewish institutions, in fear that terrorist groups might plan revenge attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets.

The Foreign Ministry has raised the level of alert in its missions around the world to the highest level. In addition, the Foreign Ministry has instructed to scale down activities in several embassies in security-sensitive countries. Among other actions, instructions were given to open the embassies for short periods of time and during unusual hours. In addition delegates were instructed to heighten their alert level and break routine.”

The Foreign Ministry has increased the number of security personnel in sensitive embassies. In addition all embassy security personnel vacations have been suspended.

Brig. Gen (Res.) Dani Arditi, Director, Counter Terrorism Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office, said that there are assessments that the incidents in Lebanon will raise the desire of extremist, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic groups to act – some through protests and some through attempts to target Jewish and Israeli establishments like the shooting attack on the Federation building in Seattle. “There is no reason to worry and there is no concrete intelligence, but due to the situation in Lebanon, Israelis abroad must be more vigilant, and not to bear external markings connecting them to Israel. We need to be careful. There is nothing more beyond that.”

Arditi recommended Israeli travelers to avoid entering Muslim neighborhoods and not to highlight the fact that they are Israeli.

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