American Consulate in Jerusalem Rejects Jews, Focuses on Palestinians

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Traditionally a consulate in a city with a mixed population should be looking to encompass that  city. Instead the American consulate in Jerusalem has a long history of completely ignoring the large Jewish population of the city and country that it’s in and instead focusing only on Muslims and Palestinian Arabs.

There are Arabic updates but no Hebrew updates. There are celebrations of Muslim holidays and Muslim events, but no Jewish ones. Not only is the consulate acting as if Israel doesn’t exist, but it’s also acting as if Jews don’t exist.

Now the Jerusalem consulate has finally issued a statement explaining its racist Apartheid policies. Its explanation is that the Tel Aviv consulate handles the “cultural, political and economic” affairs of Israeli Jews, while the Jerusalem consulate exclusively handles those of Palestinian Arab Muslims.

As an arrangement this makes rather little sense. A consulate is not an embassy, nor is there any reason for a consulate to reach out only to members of one religious, linguistic and ethnic group. Nor would it be incredibly difficult for the Jerusalem consulate to also conduct updates in Hebrew, a language that most of its public relations employees have to know anyway in order to operate in Israel.

The vast majority of the residents of Jerusalem are Jewish. The American consulate in Jerusalem is choosing to ignore 64 percent of the population of the city because it disapproves of their existence.

The State Department’s attempt to divide Tel Aviv into the Jewish sphere and Jerusalem into the Muslim sphere is a cynical effort at establishing diplomatic facts on the ground. It’s inappropriate and merits criticism and investigation.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    This is the real picture at the American consulate in Jerusalem, never mind that the capital of Jerusalem goes back thousands of yrs in Jewish history, much farther back than Washington does to America, most other nations too…including the non-nation of "Palestine" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/03/barack-hussei

    NO matter. Prof Louis Rene Beres gives us the real legal deal – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/01/pa-statehood-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      100% of Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Islam have no claim to any part whatsoever. Moreover, Israel have every right, and authority to take over every aspect of the city, including the Dome of the Rock. Next, bulldoze the Dome and reclaim all of the Temple Mount PERIOD

      The U.S. and the Department of State should simply butt out of the Middle East. They have to quit persuading Israel to committing suicide.

  • Mary Sue

    and here I was thinking consulate was just another word for embassy. Heh, learn something new every day.

    So just how LONG has this bs been going on? Before Obama?

    • benfivel

      in the early 70s it was well known. I had several run ins with them because they refued to register my children as being born in Jerusalem Israel.

  • Gee

    What can one expect from a government that doesn't even know the capital of a country?

    • JacksonPearson

      According to Obama, we have 57 states.

  • Steve

    Is this an Obama decree? Can we add this to the list of obama's disgust with Israel? Just asking.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    I think I understand why so many people hate the United States. Even the people the State Dept. loves, the Muslims, they hate the U.S. the most. However, we should not think the U.S. government loves Americans. The Keystone Pipeline which would create at least 150,000 high paying jobs and would lower the cost of gas to about $1.50 a gallon, lower heating costs and help our good neighbor Canada, will never be built. Gas is now $5.00 a gallon in places where the unemployment rate is very high. And our government will make sure it goes higher.

  • John

    Because most humanity hates Obama's States of America , the genius president intends to disolve the US Army. I think capital of our southern contry is HonoLulu, right?