Progressive pints: The politicization of ice cream

Ice cream companies aren’t usually known for their foreign policy. Then again, Ben & Jerry’s isn’t typical, and they clearly have strong opinions about Israel. The Vermont ice cream maker has always been synonymous with progressivism. They’re so committed to those views, in fact, that they remained one of only four corporate partners for the … Continue reading

Israel tests the Olympics’ commitment to nondiscrimination — again

The Tokyo Olympics have yet to begin. Yet tiny Israel is already testing the International Olympic Committee’s commitment to its mission. Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council held its quadrennial panel on “leveraging sport and the Olympic ideal for promoting human rights for young people.” The famously Israel-obsessed council affirmed “the Olympic ideal … [of] … Continue reading

Condemning antisemitism can get you canceled

You won’t lose your job for vocally opposing hate. Unless, perhaps, you’re condemning antisemitism. April Powers, a black Jew, was until recently the chief equity and inclusion officer for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, or the SCBWI. On June 10, Powers posted on SCBWI’s Twitter feed and Facebook page about the “increase in hate speech and … Continue reading

What Ilhan Omar’s latest scandal reveals about Democrats

It’s striking how rapidly things have changed since January 2019.  Back then, congressional Democrats still felt empowered to stigmatize leftist extremism, including open antisemitism. That month saw Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, so repulsed by the Women’s March leadership’s overt antisemitism that she penned an op-ed about why she wouldn’t march with them (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did). Rep. … Continue reading

The Biden administration’s half-hearted fight against antisemitism

Sometimes, what leaders don’t say, or do, echoes loudest. President Joe Biden’s response to May’s upsurge in antisemitic incidents is a prime example. The president has been widely praised by major Jewish organizations and many individuals concerned about antisemitism for his May 28 statement, which said, among other things, “These attacks are despicable, unconscionable, un-American, and … Continue reading

Van Morrison’s lyrical anti-Semitism

Van Morrison, crooning about conspiracies (Vulture.com). Van Morrison’s latest song comes complete with its own eyebrow-raising title: “They Own the Media.” But who exactly is “they”? The song doesn’t specify, and Van Morrison hasn’t issued a public statement to clarify, in spite of numerous articles flagging the song’s anti-Semitic language. If we look back 16 years, though, it’s reasonable to think Morrison has Jews on the … Continue reading

Jews are under attack across the world

It’s time to speak out against rising antisemitism (nytimes.com). While Israelis hunkered down in bomb shelters to avoid Hamas’s missiles, Diaspora Jews encountered an antisemitic storm. The sort of antisemitic chants, threats, and attacks Jews have become accustomed to seeing in Europe went global.  Anti-Zionist fueled antisemitism has very clearly migrated to the New World. … Continue reading

French Protesters Want Closure—and Justice—for the Killing of Sarah Halimi

What does it say about France that its justice system can’t protect the elderly in their own homes? On April 14, France’s highest court ruled that Kobili Traoré, a 27-year-old Malian immigrant, would not be tried for the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi, his 65-year-old Jewish neighbor. Nobody disputes the facts of the case; indeed, … Continue reading

The Holocaust will never be retro chic

Armani, known for being sleek and polished, recently stumbled. Big time. It all started in early April when a private citizen named Janet Rosenblatt spotted a striped jacket in the window of Armani’s Beverly Hills store. Given how common stripes are, that wouldn’t have been noteworthy, except that Armani’s navy-and-gray vertical stripe design strongly resembled a concentration-camp prisoner’s uniform. … Continue reading

What Nick Cannon’s response to his anti-Semitic comments can teach us about cancel culture

TV personality Nick Cannon recently spoke to ABC’s Soul of a Nation about repentance. It was Cannon’s first televised interview since last summer’s anti-Semitism scandal and offered some insight into Cannon’s current thinking, as well as anti-Semitism scandals more generally. To recap the underlying incident, Cannon hosted Professor Griff, who was ejected from rap group Public Enemy in 1989 over anti-Semitic … Continue reading