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Israel travel ban and Radiohead: Good for the Jews?

On episode #135 of the “(Is it) Good for the Jews?” podcast: Rosen has returned from Utah, where he was the other kind of Zionist. Goldbrener eschews all manner of exercise. Frank Zappa is discussed, as is the eerie connection between avant-garde music and the Antelope Valley. Rosen complains about 24-Hour Fitness (for a change) and animal rights activists’ Purim protests, then celebrates Team Israel and Radiohead, before a slick Goldbrener segue leads to this week’s question:

Is Israel’s ban on BDS boycotters good for the Jews?

On March 7, the Knesset passed a law banning entry into the country by foreign BDS boycott threateners. It was immediately panned by foes and friends alike. Is all the negative PR worth keeping the country free of visitors hoping to stir things up? How big of a danger are BDS protesters to the Jewish State? Was there any other way to address the issue? Do Americans have any idea of what actually goes on in Israel? Will this move give the waning BDS movement a shot in the arm? Can Goldbrener and Rosen agree on any of this?

Larry Rosen
Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen is a writer, husband, father and author of “The Rabbi Has Left the Building,” a memoir about his son’s bar mitzvah. He co-hosts the podcast “(Is It) Good for the Jews?”

Eric Goldbrener
Eric Goldbrener

Eric Goldbrener is a Libertarian, Zionist, atheist and autodidact technologist. He co-hosts the podcast “(Is It) Good for the Jews?”