The Happy Jews of the American University of Beirut, and Their Unhappy Fate

Once home to a thriving community of Jewish students, today the U.S.-accredited university effectively bars Israelis from applying.



March 10, 2020 | Tamara Berens
About the author: Tamara Berens is a Krauthammer fellow at Mosaic.

An early image of what became the American University of Beirut. Chronicle/Alamy Stock Photo.

Recently, the American University of Beirut (AUB) made headlines when it was discovered, unsurprisingly, that the school does not list Israel as a nationality on the signup page for its online courses—meaning, effectively, that it bars Israelis. As AUB’s charter and accreditation is with the State of New York, the omission could render the school in violation of state or federal anti-discrimination statutes.

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