News:Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Travels to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the West Bank

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New York City
February 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the West Bank February 12-16.

Ambassador Power will meet with senior Israeli government officials, members of Israeli civil society, and students. Ambassador Power will discuss a range of regional and bilateral issues, including the United States and Israel’s shared security concerns and close cooperation,‎ prospects for a two-state solution, and the importance of UN humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in the region. She will also visit the Yad Vashem memorial to honor the memory of victims of the Holocaust.‎

Ambassador Power will meet with senior Palestinian Authority officials, students, residents of a refugee camp, and civil society leaders from Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.‎

Additionally, Ambassador Power will meet with UN agencies and will travel to Israel’s border with Gaza to meet with Israeli communities targeted by rockets, assess security conditions, visit a border crossing, and receive a briefing on the humanitarian conditions inside Gaza.

On Monday, February 15, Ambassador Power will visit the Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem, which serves over 600 students from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. She will participate in a basketball scrimmage with PeacePlayers, an NGO that brings Israelis and Palestinians together through sports diplomacy programs.

Later that day, at 6:30 p.m. UTC (11:30 a.m. EDT), Ambassador Power will deliver remarks at the Israel Middle East Model UN Conference at the American International School in Even Yehuda. Ambassador Power’s remarks to students from more than 40 schools will focus on how young people can help the UN live up to its core principles, including by fighting bias and injustice.

A livestream of the event will be available.

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