Since 2006, Jibril Rajoub, a former Arafat henchman, has served as the head of the Palestinian Football Association; he is also the chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee. Rajoub, who aspires to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has consistently used his position to conduct diplomatic warfare against Israel by athletic means. But David May argues that his ability to do so may be waning:
The Palestinian Authority May Be Losing the Battle against Israel in International Athletics
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.