Episode #135: “Israel travel ban; Berkeley Jews; Radiohead.”

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 foe and – -sometimes — friend 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? You probably know the answer to the last one…

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About Larry Rosen

Was born Jewish, raised Jewish and educated Catholic. He is a “Jewsuit”. He is also a husband, father, newspaper and magazine writer, habitual wearer of baseball caps and author of the soon-to-be-released memoir about his son’s bar mitzvah, “The Rabbi Has Left the Building.”