It's a special weekend bonus podcast with Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of the Israel office of CAMERA. More than 500 journalists signed an open letter recently calling for more pro-Palestinian coverage and less flattering reports about Israel. She discusses the letter and her organization's response to it. She points out how many of today's journalists have thrown the clearly-defined code of ethics in their profession out the window.
What is Israel's government like behind the scenes? Who better to reveal that than our old friend, author and Middle East expert Avi Lipkin (avilipkin.net). He joins us from his home east of Jerusalem for a candid conversation. He describes the new incoming government and why former Prime Minister Netanyahu's time in power ended. He also reveals that there is a surprising amount of socialists within the Israeli government and military in that country's version of a deep state. And you don't want to miss the story of Avi, a Jewish man, having dinner with a neo-Nazi and the lessons learned there! Never a dull moment when Avi's here.
Reality eventually becomes real for everyone and when it does, it usually hurts. On today's podcast, John looks at several news stories including how the Jewish community in America is experiencing violence following the recent Israel-Gaza war and they're beginning to wake up to the reality that the Left, the side most of them have been on for awhile, really don't like them. Also, countries in Europe are facing the reality of cultural violence following the massive Islamic migration of a few years ago. Even the Vatican is encountering the truth after releasing statements on abortion. The mainstream media is to a certain extent facing reality, though they constantly weave narratives to cover it up. Reality always becomes real. How you handle it will determine how much pain you'll be in when it happens.
Cancel culture is everywhere, even on college campuses, especially among the Jewish student community. Joining us today is Alyza Lewin (brandeiscenter.com), President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center, who starts things off by relating an amazing personal story of how her family escaped Nazi persecution in the 1940s when Poland became dangerous for Jews. She and John then move the conversation to anti-semitism today, specifically on U.S. campuses. She describes the persistent campaign against Max Price, a Jewish student at Tufts University, that highlights not only his troubles there but reveals a deep hatred for Israel among certain staff and students. There are efforts now to push back against this.
The World Council of Churches has always found a reason to condemn Israel, but now they seem to be backing away from the BDS movement, something they have supported for the last two decades. Why is that? Back with us today is Dexter Van Zile (camera.org), Christian Media Analyst with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis. He looks at evidence that the WCC has in fact supported BDS over the years, but may be opting out now due to political concerns. They haven’t spoken out about religious persecution in China yet. We’ll see if they will.
HR1 is a new bill in Congress that, if passed, will codify every suspect procedure involved in the 2020 election – vote by mail, no voter ID, no voter roll cleaning, etc. J. Christian Adams (www.publicinterestlegal.org), President of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, joins us briefly to discuss this new bill. Attempts are being made to make that which is illegal legal.
We then transition to Kurt Hyde (thenewamerican.com), contributor to The New American magazine, who offers possible solutions to HR1, moving back to the fairly secure and reasonable voting procedures of the past. Can we have election reform if HR1 passes?
Censorship is running rampant today, but the media, who should be upholding freedom of speech, are instead advocating for more censorship. John Tierney (city-journal.org), Contributor Editor to the City Journal, is with us to discuss the ramp up of censorship since the Capitol violence and the hypocrisy of the media who did nothing when leftists called for violence during the Trump administration. When freedom is ignored, totalitarianism isn't too far behind.
Finally this week, Palestinian leaders are blaming Israel for not providing them with Covid vaccines, even though they had already procured some elsewhere. Back with us is Dexter Van Zile (www.camera.org), Christian Media Analyst with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis. He points to a bigger picture than just a vaccine controversy – statehood for Palestine and isolation for Israel.
Recent comments by Marc Lamont-Hill seemed to suggest that Black Lives Matter and anti-semitism go hand in hand. Here today to talk about this is AJ Swinson (newjourneypac.org), Chief of Staff at New Journey Political Action Committee. She explains how black movements wanting a better way of life have been co-opted by Marxist groups like Black Lives Matter who don't simply want to try and change things for the better – they want to overthrow the whole system. They tag Israel with the oppressor status, calling for them to wiped away as well. Change does need to happen, but through reform, not a fundamental transformation of society.
We have seen anti-Semitic attitudes, groups, and ideologies throughout the world, but what goes into the thinking behind it? Dr. Charles Jacobs (peaceandtolerance.org), President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, joins us to examine why people oppose Israel so virulently but are OK with other countries' atrocities. He also looks at why Jews in the West vote for anti-Semitic politicians, and why the UN and many Western governments seem to have it out for the state of Israel.
Next, we've heard a lot about court packing in the past few weeks since Amy Cony Barrett's nomination and now acceptance to the Supreme Court bench. Mike Berry (firstliberty.org), General Counsel at First Liberty Institute is here to explain what court packing is, why democrats are so up in arms about this right now, and how activist judges torture legal language. It's constitutional warfare – who will come out on top?
John and Producer Steve then sit down to discuss how some far left policies are beginning to or could soon spiral out of control. They look at the far left's attempt to fundamentally transform the country through court packing and eliminating the Electoral College, one-party rule in some states that have literally led to disaster, and woke corporations' critical race theory sessions.
John finishes up the show this week with a sobering and sometimes graphic update on religious persecution, in the countries of China, Pakistan, Egypt, Russia, Nigeria, and Kenya.
There are fellow travelers down the Christian road, but some of them may be wolves in sheep’s clothing. Tricia Miller (www.camera.org), Senior Research Analyst at CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis, joins us to look at the narrative that Jesus was a Palestinian and why that narrative is being perpetuated. Hint: it has to do with Israel’s right to land and a false theology. Ms. Miller reveals the truth of how Jews and Palestinians live inside of Israel and the use of racism to further the anti-Jew and anti-Israel narrative.
With all the division in this country, are we close to another Civil War or to states seceding from the Union? In this week’s boralogue, John looks at the trend away from personal freedom toward more government control. One side’s views should not be codified into law at the detriment of another side’s views. We should retain freedom and in doing so, stay united.
Wading into the secession discussion is F.H. Buckley (www.fhbuckley.com), Law Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, who discusses the likelihood of secession, why the Left is currently rioting, and how hypocritical the Democrat Party is being toward its constituents.
Back by popular demand is long-time friend of the show, historian and former Senior Associate at the Department of Education Dennis Cuddy (www.newswithviews.com). He looks at the inherent racism behind many progressive institutions, linking Margaret Sanger and the eugenics movement with Adolph Hitler’s evil plans. Dr. Cuddy goes on to discuss the link between Sanger and the eugenics movement here with Hitler and his more diabolical plans, and how the Illuminati factored into all of this.
Finally, this week, we welcome Ricki Hollander (www.camera.org), Senior Media Analyst at CAMERA, who examines the link between the BDS – boycott, divest, and sanctions – movement and virulent anti-semitism, giving examples of horrible insults hurled at Jews and Jewish students, both on and off campus.