US town promises terrorized Saudi students security

US town promises terrorized Saudi students security
Updated 24 April 2016

US town promises terrorized Saudi students security

US town promises terrorized Saudi students security

WASHINGTON: Idaho State University in Pocatello has taken new security measures to ensure the safety of Saudi and Gulf students who have been subjected to harassment, thefts and in one instance physical attack in recent weeks.
Saudi Cultural Attaché Mohammed Al-Eissa said in a press statement that the university and the authorities in Pocatello have pledged to ensure security for the students and to follow up on reported cases of hate and discriminatory practices against them. He said the local authorities have taken preliminary measures, and “we hope for more to ensure the safety of students and promote awareness among locals.”
Al-Eissa said there had been coordination between Saudi officials and local authorities. "A delegation from the Saudi Embassy and the consulate was sent to meet with university officials and local authorities.”
The supervisor of student associations, Faisal Al-Shammari, was also sent to Idaho to meet with students and listen to their concerns, as well as meet with university officials and local authorities the next day to come up urgent solutions, said Al-Eissa.
He said the university has formally apologized and sent emails to all Saudi and Gulf students promising to take active measures. The university sent five emails saying that police will monitor activities inside the university, and announced new security measures including daily television ads to promote awareness among the local community.
Al-Eissa added: “During the meeting with the city’s mayor and local police, they recognized that some of the local people’s actions are unacceptable, apologized and assured the Saudi and Gulf students that they are welcome as they have enriched the local community economically and culturally, and their volunteer efforts are well-known to people of the city.”
In addition to issuing warrants for the arrests of a number of suspects, the mayor and the police also promised to hold a general press conference to outline details of the problem and risks to foreign students, as well as the effects on the city’s reputation and economy.