On 23 July 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Over the last few weeks, there has been a marked increase in demonstrations in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Based on media reports, demonstrations will continue to occur, some with little or no warning. Embassy personnel have been advised to maintain situational awareness and avoid large crowds, as demonstrations have the potential to quickly escalate and become volatile. Recent demonstrations have resulted in property damage, injuries to police, and multiple arrests. Israeli National Police are closely monitoring the situation and will close roads, highways, and major interchanges out of an abundance of caution.

“The Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents often take place without warning.”

The full text of the Demonstration Alert can be read here.