UMass Amherst halts study abroad in Israel

The University of Massachusetts Amherst canceled its study abroad programs in Israel for the fall semester.

The school, the flagship of the state’s university system, cited a July 21 recommendation from the State Department that U.S. citizens should defer “nonessential travel” to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in response to the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Two undergraduates will be affected by the decision made by the school’s international risk management committee. One was to begin a program at Tel Aviv University this week, which prompted the timing of the cancellation, according to a statement issued by the university. — jta