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Why did the Burlington VT City Council wait until the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh HaShonah and Yom Kippur to join the anti-Jewish boycott and against Israel? What was the role of Ben & Jerry’s BDS effort? Is the city ready for a tourism and product counter boycott backlash? Antisemitism experts join Edwin.
When Ben and Jerry’s announced its BDS-allied boycott of Jews in Judea and Samaria and probably all of Israel, it set off a global firestorm of backlash: counterboycotts, legal actions by state authorities, and store shelf removals. The trademark has even been seized in Israel. Famed civil rights attorney Nathan Lewin, legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, top lawfare litigator Nitsana Leitner, who seized Ben and Jerry’s Israeli trademark, as well as crisis manager Juda Engelmeyer join Edwin.
Almost every hour of every day, another act of violence, public humiliation, group demonization, and institutional bias is inflicted against America’s Jewish community. Fear and isolation is gripping all sectors of Jewry. Some say it has started. Has it? What is starting and what can be done about it?
Join Edwin for up-to-the-minute military and political reports on the Gaza ceasefire, Israel’s next big military defense system, the looming threat from Iran and possible strike by Israel, plus the synchronized explosion of antisemitic violence by pro-Palestinian mobs in America and organized Jew hatred on campus.
Open and virulent antisemitism and anti-Israel hatred in the Democratic Party, once diminished and kept below Mason-Dixon line, is now entrenched in powerful senior posts across the country. The result is official legislative and administrative support for or inaction on BDS and a range of other anti-Israel hate messages coming from top ranks in the Congress, the National Security Council, the State Department, and even the White House. Don’t be mistaken—it’s not just the Squad anymore.
A sinister attempt in California to indoctrinate high school students with anti-Jewish and anti-Israel “values,” fought for years, may succeed—and then spread to school districts across the country. Max Samarov, director of research at StandWithUs, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, director of the Amcha Initiative, and Melissa Landa, founder of Alliance4Israel, as well as other leading minds join Edwin to investigate the dimensions of the danger.
UC Irvine’s student government organization recently passed an anti-Israel boycott resolution, complete with BDS agitators peppering the debate with offensive comments—an all-too-common experience for Jewish students today. Pro-Israel students at Tufts have been subjected to unprecedented harassment. Anti-Israel resolutions have no effect on university policy.