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UMass Amherst halts study abroad in Israel

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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


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