Jews (not?) welcome: The campus, the Negev, and Jerusalem – The Promised Podcast


Allison, Don, and Ilene Prusher discuss three topics of incomparable importance, and end with an anecdote each about something in Israel that made them smile this week.


BDS on campusBDS bummer on campus

We discuss the spread of the BDS movement on American college campuses, feeding off last summer’s Gaza War. Student councils and minority activist groups are demanding divestment from Israel while telling Jewish students they are privileged whites.

A bedouin woman walks to the main source of water for her villageWill Negev Bedouins have to make way for the Jews?

A high court ruling allows plans to go forward to demolish a 60-year-old Bedouin village in the Negev in order to establish a new Jewish town in its place. We’ll ask what these rulings portend for Jewish-Arab relations in Israel and the direction of the High Court.

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An Israeli soldier sits on guard above the Damascus Gate to the Old CityAn Ode to Jerusalem, unified and disunited on Jerusalem Day

As Jerusalem Day arrives, celebrating the reunification of the city during the Six-Day War, our panel tries to look past the violence that rocked the city less than a year ago, and we consider our own evolving relationship to Israel’s capital.



All songs by Ehud Banai (the most gifted musical Banai of all)

Ani Holech
Maaseh B’arbaah
Cmo Tzippor V’Shira

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