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Dear Editor:
The following is an interesting comparison between life for consular employees in two Middle East posts, Jerusalem and Damascus.

From the US Consulate General, Jerusalem:
Security Notice, July 24, 2002. The following security notice was given to the U.S. Consulate General employees. In the aftermath of the targeted killing of a senior Hamas military wing leader and his family members in Gaza, Hamas spokesmen have vowed to carry out acts of revenge in Israel. We and the Israeli authorities believe these to be credible threats. U.S. citizens are strongly urged to exercise a high degree of caution in patronizing restaurants, cafes, malls, and theaters, especially during peak hours of business. Discos and clubs remain off-limits to American citizen Consulate employees. American citizen Consulate employees are urged to avoid large crowds and public gatherings.

From the US Embassy/Damascus web site:
The American Cultural Center, together with its co-sponsoring partners, launches the Summer Concert Series* young bands from the East and West coasts of the United States will have you dancing the summer nights away. Open to everyone! Call the American Cultural Center for more information.
The 2002 Concert Series kicks off with:
- Psychedelic Eye A dance and funk band from New York City, playing a variety of familiar and original rhythms that will make you move. Get your groove on, put on your funkypants and dance!
July 30 20:30 Tishreen Park, Damascus
August 1 at 20:30 The Citadel, Aleppo

I pray for the day when the US consular staff can groove over to one of Jerusalem's gorgeous parks and shake their Booty.

Liam Schwartz, Esq.