|Incidents in Israel|
March 8, 2016
There have been a series of security incidents in Israel over the past 24 hours. The IFSA-Butler Student Services Manager in Israel, Monica Wasserbach, has checked in with everyone on the program. All of our students are accounted for and fine.
Following is a brief summary of today’s unfortunate events:
We have been closely monitoring security events in Israel. As you may see from the news recently, there have been an uptick in stabbings and attempted attacks over the past month, as well as attacks and raids in the West Bank. At this time, we are going to keep a close eye on the events in Israel and adjust any programming if necessary.
We spend considerable time talking about safety and security with students during the program orientation as well as throughout the semester. The Muslim Quarter of the Old City, which includes the Damascus Gate, has been off-limits for our students since the beginning of the semester until further notice. Additionally, students have been reminded to submit any travel plans to Monica should they leave Jerusalem overnight, including weekend trips to Tel Aviv. We do not allow travel to the West Bank or the Gaza Strip under any circumstances.
While it may be unsettling to hear such news while your student is abroad, please know that we keep close watch on all students and make sure they are aware of their surroundings and environment. Monica and the RIS staff at Hebrew University do a fantastic job of checking in with the students and providing any information and support that is needed.
If you would like more information about the events from today, please see the following media outlets:
Please contact Eryn Espín-Kudzinski, Director of Health, Safety and Security with any questions or concerns.