Resources for Americans In Israel and Gaza
The Department of State has made the following resources available for U.S. Citizens in Israel
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Department of State's website.
The Embassy in Israel can also be contacted by calling the below numbers:
1-(833) 890-9595 or 1-(606) 641-0131
For latest information from the embassy, and additional resources, visit:
To enroll in travel alerts visit:
For IL-06 Constituents and their families in the region:
If you are in need of assistance from the federal government, such as the State Department or another federal agency, please reach out to our office by calling 630-520-9450 or 202-225-4561.
Actions Rep. Casten has taken in response to the conflict:
- You can find Rep. Casten's initial statement on the attacks on Israel here.
- Rep. Casten sent a letter to the administration urging them to use all resources at their disposal, including chartering flights, to evacuate Americans.
- Rep. Casten cosponsored a bipartisan resolution with over 400 Members of Congress condemning the Hamas attack and expressing unconditional and unwavering support for Israel and its right to defend itself.
- Rep. Casten sent a letter to the Biden administration expressing concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the need to work to quickly restore the delivery of food, water, fuel, electricity, and other life-saving necessities to Gaza to ensure innocent civilians have the basics needed for survival.
- Rep. Casten led a letter to the Administration in response to reporting that Hamas raised millions in crypto to finance their terrorist attack on October 7th. The letter asks the Administration to provide additional details on its plan to prevent the use of crypto for the financing of terrorism.
- Rep. Casten sent a letter to President Biden that reiterates support for Israel to defend themselves and hold those accountable; Reiterates that Israel’s response must be in accordance with international law and our shared democratic values; Supports efforts to ensure that the basic necessities of life for Gaza’s civilians are available; Supports efforts the administration is taking to prevent the conflict from escalating to other fronts; And reiterates that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of freedom, security, opportunity and dignity and that U.S. leadership is needed to establish peaceful coexistence between Israel and its neighbors.
- Rep. Casten has called for a humanitarian pause to allow for this crisis to be addressed, needed aid to be delivered, and safe passage to be given to civilians in Gaza.
- Rep. Casten sent a letter to Secretary Blinken expressing concern about the Americans in Gaza and requesting an update from the Biden Administration.
- Rep. Casten sent a letter urging House and Senate leadership to swiftly pass humanitarian assistance funding in a supplemental appropriations bill.
- Rep. Casten sent a letter to Secretary Blinken ahead of his trip to Israel urging him to emphasize the following priorities: Reiterating the urgent need for a humanitarian pause and ensuring the sufficient flow of humanitarian aid; Reiterating that Israel must conduct military operations within the scope of international law and minimize civilian harm; Pressing the Israeli Government to Prevent Further Settler Violence in the West Bank; And urging the Biden Administration to lay the groundwork for intensive diplomacy efforts to achieve sustainable peace.
- Rep. Casten hosted a telephone town hall to discuss the crisis in Israel and Gaza. You can find a recording of the town hall here.
- Rep. Casten's statement on the hostage release and humanitarian pause agreement in Gaza.
- Rep. Casten urged the State Department to affirm the United States’ strong opposition to the forced and permanent displacement of Palestinians from Gaza, and to support an increase in humanitarian aid to the region.
- Rep. Casten sent a letter to President Biden expressing support for a two-state solution as the only viable path for sustainable peace between the Israeli and Palestinian people.