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Consular travel advice - Israel and Palestinian areas

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D67 28 November 1995

CONSULAR TRAVEL ADVICE - ISRAEL AND PALESTINIAN AREAS H x U lC'H'vq.- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its Travel Advice for Israel issued on 20 February 1995 and advises that travel in the major towns and tourist areas in Israel does not constitute a serious security risk. However, visitors

should bear in mind that public buses have been the target of terrorist attacks. If alternative transportation arrangements are available, they should be used. Australians should also be aware that sporadic violence continues to occur in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and that the situation remains unpredictable,

including in Jerusalem.

Visitors to Gaza/Jericho should note that they will come under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian authorities and in certain circumstances, that of the Israel defence forces. While general movement is unimpeded, Australians should monitor developments and maintain a high level of personal security awareness. Cars,

including hired cars, with Israeli number plates can be subject to stoning in Palestinian areas.

Australians who come to Israel and intend to visit the occupied territories and the Palestinian self-governing areas of Gaza and Jericho, are encouraged to contact the Australian Embassy, 4th floor, Beit Europa, 37 Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, Tel Aviv 64928, Israel (telephone 03-6950451) for further information.