Report: US citizen killed in Egypt was Jewish student

June 29, 2013 10:31


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One of the two people killed in Egypt on Friday during clashes was a US citizen identified Saturday as Jewish 21-year-old Kenyon College student Andrew Driscoll Pochter, the New York Times reported.

According to the report, at Kenyon, Pochter was active in Hillel, the campus’s center for Jewish life, and lived at the group’s on-campus house, according to The Kenyon Collegian, the student newspaper.

The Times quoted family members as saying Pochter was on an internship to teach young children English while also improving his own skills speaking Arabic.

A statement issued by Pochter’s family said that he had planned to return to the Middle East for his spring semester abroad.

“He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding,” the Times quoted the family as saying.

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