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BYU Jerusalem Center closed for spring term

PROVO, Utah — BYU officials have canceled the next term of the university's study abroad program at the BYU Jerusalem Center — the second consecutive study-abroad program this year to be discontinued due to political unrest.

Carri P. Jenkins, BYU's spokeswoman, said university officials have not yet decided if the center will be open for either summer term or fall semester. About 175 students attend the center each semester or term.

The cancellation of the spring term is the third time BYU has closed the Jerusalem Center. Winter semester was the second cancellation; the first closure was during the Gulf War in 1991.

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