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