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