We stand in shock, horror and solidarity with all those who have lost lives and loved ones, or suffered unmentionable violence over this tragic weekend. While the history of the region is complex, there is no nuance when crimes against humanity occur. We treasure all innocent lives, whether Israeli or Palestinian. In war, there are no winners.
We have taken steps to ensure our students and travelers in the region are safe. We have canceled plans for trips to Israel through the end of the year. We are actively monitoring the situation through our staff in Jordan, our partners on the ground in Israel and Egypt, and official channels. We remain in contact with all stakeholders and hope that we will be able to bring travelers back to Israel very soon.
At times like this, the importance of our mission as an organization is magnified—that learning through travel contributes to global understanding. We hope against hope for peace and safety for all in the region.