Would You Go to a Hezbollah-Supported Synagogue?

Apparently, Hezbollah doesn't mind if Jews spend thousands of dollars to fix up the 84-year-old Maghen-Abraham synagogue in Beirut. Though the terrorist group's presence in the country is likely responsible, at least in part, for the dimimished size of the Lebanese Jewish community (about 200), a Hezbollah spokesman said last year that they "respect the Jewish religion just like we do Christianity. The Jews have always lived among us. We have an issue with Israel's occupation of land," the L.A. Times reported. Still, the renovations have barely been mentioned in Lebanese newspapers, and if you try to snap a picture of the site, you'll get arrested -- perhaps an effort to keep Iran from finding out.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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