From this fascinating Elder of Ziyon post we learn that Jews, including from Palestine, were students at the American University of Beirut (UB) in the 1930s and 40s, but that they were exposed to Arab intimidation and eventually discouraged from enrolling.
College Hall, The American University of Beirut
UB tried to attract Jews, including from Palestine, advertising that
they were exempt from attending classes on Saturday, availability of
kosher food and a synagogue. There was a Jewish student group, the
Kadima Society, where the Jews could hang out.
Here was one incident from 1938 that showed that the university’s support of Jewish students only went so far:
On 2 November 1938, AUB students observed Balfour Day – a ‘day of
mourning’ – by wearing black ribbons. In response, a number of Jewish
students wore Zionist colors – blue and white. According to the
Palestine Post report, ‘threats of violence were used on the Jews to
force them to remove their ribbons’, and one student at the
International College, Dani, was ‘attacked and fired at, but not hurt’.
As a result, Dani left the college. The Palestine Post printed a
verbatim letter following the incident from the principal of the
International College, Archie S. Crawford to Dani’s uncle, Nessim Angel,
who was himself an AUB alumnus. In the letter, Crawford wrote that
Dani’s actions of wearing Zionist colored ribbons on Balfour Day was
unprecedented among AUB students. Crawford acknowledged students’ right
to express themselves but ultimately criticized this form of Zionist
[Dani] has every right to wear this color or any other ribbon, but it
was a tactless thing to do so on this particular day which was being
observed as a day of warning by the greater proportion of our student body.
admitted that students who did not take off the Zionist ribbon upon the
request of other students had the ribbon removed by ‘quite unjustified
use of force’ by Arab students…