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.
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.
Straight from the 'tag anything not leftist as white supremacism' playbook here in America, groups aligned with the BDS movement in Israel are now shouting 'Jewish supremacism!' Back with us today to dive into this is Dexter Van Zile (camera.org), Christian Media Analyst with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis. Political narratives from different groups are spun instead of reality and that leads to justification for actions against Israel. Christian groups are caught up in it, noting that since Jewish groups inside Israel are beating up on Israel, then it's OK to do so as well. In short, believing the untrue narrative forces Christian groups to lie about Israel.
Should universities force students to take ethnic studies classes in order to graduate? Tammi Rossman-Benjamin (www.amchainitiative.org), Co-Founder and Director of the AMCHA Initiative is back with us to discuss how ethnic studies teachers often have a strong BDS mindset and many Jewish leaders are worried that indoctrination against Israel could engender violence against pro-Zionist students.
We look at the oppressor versus oppressed mindset of many anti-Israel academicians. This leads universities to treat unfairly those students who favor Israel. Tuition-paying students should be treated equally by the universities, regardless of their ideologies.
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.