We are aware that news coverage of the Middle East frequently portrays Israel as a dangerous place to visit or live. Because prominent coverage is often given to the U.S. State Department’s travel warnings and advisories for the region, many people are genuinely discouraged from coming here, and that is unfortunate. Television and internet media frequently show pictures of soldiers and rock-throwing demonstrators, shootings and bombings, or social unrest in ways that give the inaccurate impression that such violence is countrywide, all the time.
In over 60 years of experience in Israel, we at JUC have found consistently that such news coverage does not match the routine and safe daily experiences of JUC students and staff on campus in Jerusalem or throughout Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan.
To better understand the true nature of safety in Israel and at Jerusalem University College, please consider the following:
It is important that JUC students be aware and use common sense when moving about Jerusalem or traveling in Israel and neighboring countries. Jerusalem is a city of over 850,000 people and, like any city of its size, has its share of urban problems, including crime. Specific safety precautions are part of student orientation at the beginning of every semester, including all the details below and many more. JUC staff will give regular safety reminders and updates throughout the semester as needed.
As you prepare to live in Jerusalem, here are some guidelines to help ensure student safety in the city: