UMass Resumes Study Abroad Program to Israel Next Semester

“UMass Resumes Study Abroad Program to Israel Next Semester”

by Diane Lederman via “MassLive

Palestinians seen celebrating news of  truce with Israel

AMHERST – With conditions improved in Israel since the August ceasefire, the University of Massachusetts study abroad program there will resume there in the spring.

This summer, the university suspended its program as Israel and Hamas were engaged in battle launching rockets to and from Gaza

“The situation has calmed down,” said Jack Ahern, 
vice provost for International Programs. Both sides agreed to a ceasefire Aug. 26.

Also Ahern said the U.S. Department of State has modified its stance. The department in the summer advised the deferral of any non-essential travel.

That advisory has been lifted but still warns of risks traveling to the region.

The university meanwhile has no programs in theWest African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where thousands have been infected with the Ebola virus. UMass has programs in Tanzania and South Africa, Ahern said.

He said if there were programs in the effected countries, they would advise against travel there. . . . .

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