Amidst the most recent Egyptian protests, tragedy struck a Chevy Chase, MD family when their son, Andrew Pochter, a rising junior and religious studies major at Kenyon College, OH was stabbed and killed by an Egyptian protester.
Kenyon released a detailed statement about Pochter. According to the statement, despite being raised in a Christian household, with one Christian parent and one Jewish parent, Pochter identified as a Jew. Pochter was very involved in Kenyon College’s Hillel and served as the co-manager of the Hillel house. After interning with AMIDEAST, an organization that, according to their mission statement, “engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa,” he traveled to Egypt to teach children English, which is where he was ultimately stabbed during a protest. Pochter’s family told the Washington Post that he “went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East. He had studied in the region, loved the culture, and planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding.”
CAMERA’s campus staff and students mourn Pochter’s loss, and extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and university community.
Contributed by CAMERA Intern Rachel Wolf