Israelis given High Holiday travel warnings

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis have been advised to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel.

The Prime Minister Office’s counter-terrorism bureau called on Israelis and Jews to avoid travel to Egypt and Jordan and called on any Israelis currently in the Sinai Peninsula to leave immediately. Israelis also were told to avoid travel to Turkey, as well as Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Kenya.

Tens of thousands of Israelis have visited Turkey during August, despite the threat, according to reports.

The bureau also advises Israelis and Jews to leave Afghanistan, Algeria, Burkina Faso, and Djibouti, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, and Tunisia, and to not travel to Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE.

The bureau advisory warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida and global Jihad groups might try to attack Jewish and Israeli targets on Sept. 11.

The travel warnings are not binding.