AJC Passport is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens. Recorded each week in AJC’s Lerner Studio, Passport examines political events, the people driving them, and what it all means for the Jewish community. Check out all of our episodes below. You can also subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, or follow on Soundcloud. If you like what you hear, subscribe, rate it, and spread the word.
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When Tamika Mallory attended an event hosted by the head of the Nation of Islam, notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, she exposed the Women’s March movement she co-chairs to a torrent of criticism. In their belated response, the leaders of the Women’s March distanced themselves from Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, but declined to reject him outright. We talked with Adam Serwer, Senior Editor at The Atlantic on Farrakhan’s influence in the Black community, and the pitfalls he represents for the progressive leaders of the Women’s March.
Netanyahu and Trump, feat. Amb. Dan Shapiro
President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu met this week in Washington, to discuss issues critical to the U.S.-Israel relationship. In this week’s AJC Passport, we unpacked the visit and checked in on the state of the crucial bilateral tie with former U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 2011-2017. We also chatted with The Jerusalem Post's Washington Bureau Chief Michael Wilner about the political objectives of both leaders and how their domestic challenges are playing with one another's audience.
The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism
From Nazis marching in Charlottesville to attacks on Jews in the streets of Europe, anti-Semitism persists around the world. In this week's AJC Passport, we talked with Ira Forman, the former Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. State Department, about the international trends in anti-Semitic attitudes.
Israeli Red Lines and Polish Headlines
In our latest episode, we discuss the Munich Security Conference, a premiere meeting of global political and military leaders. Prime Minister Netanyahu made headlines at the conference by warning Iran not to "test Israel’s resolve” in response to recent Iranian provocations. Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki responded to an Israeli journalist’s question about the country’s Holocaust law by invoking “Jewish perpetrators.” AJC Berlin-Ramer Director Deidre Berger was at the conference and joins us to discuss its outcomes.
Olympic Tensions, Iranian Intentions
Join us for a conversation with North Korea expert Jamie Metzl, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, on North Korea’s Olympic charm offensive. Then, we talk with Lt. Col. (res.) Avital Leibovitch, Director of AJC Jerusalem, about the recent violent flare-up on Israel's northern border.
Americans and Israel
Is the bipartisan consensus on Israel fading away? What do American Jews think about Israel? We talked to the experts and examined the data.
Poland’s Bill and Holocaust Blame
What drove Poland to legislate the Holocaust? What do Polish Jews and the public at large think about it? We explore all the angles of this fraught and complicated subject.
Evangelicals and Israel
We analyzed Vice President Pence’s trip to Israel and the drivers behind the Evangelical community’s staunch pro-Israel outlook.
Germany and Austria Respond to the Far-Right
Far-right parties rode a wave of anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiment to electoral success in 2017. Learn how Germany and Austria responded.
Hyper Cacher – Three Years Later
Three years since an Islamist terrorist murdered four French Jews in a kosher supermarket, we examine what the French government, society, and Jewish community have internalized.
The Trump Administration and Israel
How did year one of the Trump administration’s policies towards Israel and the peace process turn out?
Reactions to the Iran Protests
Protesters are taking to the streets across Iran. We took a deep dive into how Iran’s Jewish and Muslim diaspora are responding, as well as the muted reaction from Iran’s major trading partners in Europe.