As Bashar al-Assad and his allies continue their bloody repression of his domestic enemies, many Arabs no longer see Israel as the greatest enemy; similarly, both Arab rulers and their subjects are less inclined to admire Iran and Hizballah for their “resistance” against the Jewish state, and more inclined to see them as strategic threats to their own countries, made morally repugnant for participating in the slaughter in Syria. Hadeel Oueis, who spent several months in prison in Syria for her role in the early days of the uprising, explains:
The Syrian Civil War Is Changing Arab Attitudes toward Israel
At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace
At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.