|Tensions in Israel-July 8, 2014|
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the recent escalation of tensions in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. On July 8, the Israeli government announced Operation Protective Shield, a military operation with the aims of securing the Israeli-Gaza border and putting an end to the increased rocket fire coming out of Gaza into Southern Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have targeted dozens of militant targets in Gaza over the past week, and an increase of IDF troops have been deployed to the border region.
In addition, we are monitoring the security situation in Jerusalem, specifically East Jerusalem and the Old City, where many riots, demonstrations and violence have occurred after a Palestinian youth was killed in an alleged retaliatory attack.
This is the largest escalation of military involvement by Israel since November 2012. We will continue to closely monitor this situation as it develops and hopefully dissipates within the next few weeks.
IFSA-Butler is continuing to plan for students' arrival for the fall 2014 semester at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At this time, we do not anticipate that the study abroad semester will be interrupted; however, we will keep students, parents and advisors updated with developments as they occur.
IFSA-Butler takes personal safety very seriously when planning study abroad programs. We work with U.S. governmental agencies and a private security intelligence agency in Tel Aviv, which provides real-time updates regarding on-the-ground developments in Israel and the Palestinain Territories. During the IFSA-Butler program orientation, our staff will discuss with students the current situation in Israel, and provide extensive safety instructions for Jerusalem and throughout Israel. IFSA-Butler and Hebew University staff are trained in crisis response, and both can be reached 24/7 via an emergency phone number should a student need assistance.
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