Abel Pena, editor-in-chief of UC Irvine's campus newspaper, New University, was among a group of U.S. college newspaper editors on a Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-sponsored trip to improve understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This is the 10th year the ADL has sent student editors to visit cultural, religious and historic sites in Poland, Bulgaria and Israel. Along the way, students heard first-hand briefings on developments in the crisis when meeting high-ranking government ministers, diplomats, policymakers, historians and journalists.
Pena was accompanied by Joyce Greenspan, the ADL's regional Orange County director. Also along were student editors from six other colleges.
Students visited Auschwitz in Poland and met government and Jewish leaders in Bulgaria.