His mother, Elizabeth Pochter, maintained that her son read poems to his girlfriend about the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” and insisted that somehow the endless jihad against The Jewish State, “wasn’t just about some detached war to him, but a struggle that he passionately wanted to resolve.” Elizabeth Pochter added, according to a statement by Kenyon College, that her Jewish son was a person who didn’t see the world as separate nations, but a collection of vibrant cultures.
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The US State Department has identified the American student killed in renewed violence in Egypt as 21-year-old Andrew Pochter. Pochter, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was in Alexandria to teach English and improve his Arabic, according to his family. Clashes between supporters and opponents of president Mohamed Morsi became violent this week ahead of a planned mass demonstration.
"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 family said in a statement.
The State Department said Saturday it did not have information on the circumstances surrounding Pochter's death, but the family said: "As we understand it, he was witnessing the protest as a bystander and was stabbed by a protester."
I guess he didn't quite grasp the culture.
Unfortunately, there are too many American Jewish students with:
- no proper knowledge of the Middle East, Arab culture and Islamist custom;
- too much enthusiasm and passion;
- a progressive/liberal outlook;
- too little Jewish background.
Raised a Christian, he was reared in a home with both Christian and Jewish parents, said his mother, Elizabeth Pochter,