ADC Travel Advisory to Arab Americans in Palestine and Lebanon

Washington, D.C. | | October 9, 2023 — Given the recent events and emerging situations in the region, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) strongly advises all Arab Americans currently in Palestine or Lebanon to register with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate immediately through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

The U.S. State Department has an obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of all US citizens in areas targeted by Israel. This must be fulfilled before anything else, and as Israeli violence increases becomes ever more important. By registering through STEP, travelers will make sure that the needs of Americans in Palestine and Lebanon are not ignored.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): The STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. Department of State to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Registering through STEP ensures you receive timely updates, emergency services, and other vital information directly from the U.S. Embassy.

Evacuation Plans: Enrolling in STEP ensures that the U.S. Embassy can inform you about potential evacuation plans if they become necessary. This is a crucial step in guaranteeing your safety.

You can find additional information here: Information for U.S. Citizens about a U.S. Government-Assisted Evacuation.

U.S. Travel Advisory Alerts:

  • Do Not Travel To: Gaza due to armed conflict.
  • Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To: Israel due to unrest. West Bank due to civil unrest.
  • U.S. Embassy Travel Advisory for Lebanon: The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel for Lebanon.

It’s crucial to heed this warning and adjust travel plans accordingly.

Stay Informed and Safe: ADC urges all Arab Americans to stay informed about local developments, follow advice and instructions from local authorities, and take every measure to stay out of harm’s way.

Your safety and well-being are of paramount importance to ADC. We implore you to act quickly and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. By doing so, you’ll have the resources and support of the U.S. Embassy at your disposal during these challenging times.

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