BYU Jerusalem Re-Opening in Question
(KCPW News) Brigham Young University is preparing to send a group of students back to its Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem, despite escalating violence in the region. A BYU spokeswoman says the school is watching the tensions closely, but has not yet decided to cancel the program.
In 2001 the LDS Church-owned school stopped sending students to its Jerusalem Center because of growing violence. Recently, school officials determined that things had “calmed down” enough to resume the program.
At its full capacity, the center can house about 176 students who study a combination of biblical and modern near-eastern history and culture. Approximately 50 students are expected to begin study in residence at the BYU Jerusalem Center in September.
BYU is still planning to send students to its Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem in the fall but is keeping an eye on violence in and around Israel.