In 2000, the Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hizballah was the darling of Arabs throughout the Middle East and beyond. While most Arab rulers talked a big game about opposing Israel, the terrorist group had been fighting the IDF since the early 1980s (not to mention murdering Jews in Latin America), and had just driven it from southern Lebanon. Now, thanks to Hizballah’s blood-soaked role in maintaining Bashar al-Assad’s power in Syria, all of that has changed, and even Lebanese Shiites—the organization’s base—have begun to resent it. Lizzie Porter, drawing on a series of interviews, writes:
How the Arab World Turned against Hizballah
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.