Some US col­leges call­ing stu­dents back from Is­rael

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some U.S. col­leges are pulling stu­dents from over­seas study pro­grams in Is­rael as the Gaza war rages, though the rel­a­tive calm be­yond the im­me­di­ate bat­tle ar­eas is rais­ing ques­tions in some quar­ters about why they had to leave.

Col­leges say se­cu­rity was the top con­cern, cit­ing ad­vi­sories about haz­ardous travel from the U.S. State Depart­ment and from in­sur­ance com­pa­nies that cover stu­dents for health, ac­ci­dents, se­cu­rity and even the cost of evac­u­a­tion.

“On the one hand, we want to in­tro­duce stu­dents to the di­men­sions of con­flict,” said Ye­huda Lukacs, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Global Ed­u­ca­tion at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity in Vir­ginia. “But this was too much be­cause their safety and se­cu­rity were chal­lenged.”

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