Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank

Several colleges have pulled students early from summer study abroad programs in Israel and the West Bank due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Other programs have continued because their students live in Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah, which are far from the fighting in Gaza and southern Israel, according to the Associated Press.

But at least seven schools have ended their programs based on State Department travel advisories cautioning against travel to Israel, along with warnings from insurance companies.

Claremont McKenna College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Iowa, Trinity College, Michigan State, George Mason University and Penn State have all ended programs early, AP reported. New York University and UMass Amherst also canceled their fall study abroad programs in Israel. — jta