By Kent Larsen
Despite Continued Violence, BYU Jerusalem Center To Open for Spring
PROVO, UTAH -- While a final decision hasn't been made, BYU's study abroad
program says that the Jerusalem Center will open for classes in the Spring.
The center closed early in the Fall semester because of violence between
Israelis and Palestinians, and since then administrators have carefully
monitored the situation to see when the center could reopen.
Students that are planning to attend the center in the Spring turned in
their first payment and independent study assignments on February 23rd, and
the student program administrator for the center, Debbie Petersen, says "The
program is a go."
BYU officials have carefully reviewed US State Department travel warnings,
security sources living in Jerusalem and surrounding areas, and ultimately
consulted the LDS Church's First Presidency in making the decision of
whether or not to open the center for Spring. But, a final decision will
only be made 30 days before departure.
Security issues addressed regarding students attending Jerusalem Center
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By Meagan Nelson: NewsNet Staff Writer