Israel pressing Holland to revise wording of ‘insulting’ West Bank travel advisory

Israel is asking the Dutch government to change the wording of an “insulting” travel advisory to the West Bank that besmirches an entire community by warning of sometimes violent “colonists,” a Foreign Ministry spoken said this week.

The advisory, appearing on the website of the Dutch central government regarding the the Palestinian Territories, reads, “There are security risks for traveling all over the West Bank including east Jerusalem.

“Be alert when traveling there. Demonstrations and violent incidents occur regularly. Jewish colonists live in illegal West Bank settlements and organize demonstrations regularly around and on the road. These colonists are sometimes violent. At times, these colonists throw stones at Palestinians and international vehicles, so be alert when traveling around settlements of Jewish colonists, especially in the hills around Nablus and Hebron.”


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