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By Kent Larsen

BYU Jerusalem Students Will Return Early Because of Unrest

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL -- The students currently attending the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies will return early because of the recent unrest in the middle east. The Center has changed the schedule for the class and students will return November 24th, 16 days early.

Originally, the students were scheduled to return to the U.S. on December 10th, two weeks after a field trip to Cairo, Egypt. Now, the students will fly from Cairo on November 24th. In spite of the shortened semester in Jerusalem, BYU spokesman Michael Smart says that the students will still experience the full set of scheduled field trips. The center has re-arranged the schedule so that the few activities after the Cairo trip will now be held before the Cairo trip.

But the unrest has caused some problems, says Smart. "With the current situation in Israel, some of the traditional activities the students normally undertake were impossible." Additionally, the 176 students have had to spend much of their time inside the Center, since fighting broke out in early October. Two students have already returned due to the unrest.

But former Jerusalem Center director R.J. Snow says that it is normal to have some time when the students are confined to the center because of unrest. Snow says that in his experience, students were confined to the Center several times each semester.


Jerusalem students to return Nov. 24
BYU NewsNet 9Nov00 D3
By Ali Anderson: Online Writer


BYU Jerusalem students to come home a bit early
Provo UT Daily Herald 10Nov00 D3
By Amy K. Stewart: The Daily Herald


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