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Daily Briefing July 21 – How anti-BDS laws may melt Ben & Jerry’s freeze

US correspondent Jacob Magid dishes up practical measures that 30+ states may employ against ice cream giant while political reporter Tal Schneider tells of a licked Yair Netanyahu

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Today’s panel comprises political correspondent Tal Schneider and United States correspondent Jacob Magid, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

We again dip into the media meltdown over the recent Ben & Jerry’s announcement that it will no longer distribute its politically flavored ice cream in the West Bank after the current Israeli franchise contract is up. Israeli Ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan has tapped over 30 US governors to apply their states’ anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) legislation and pull state employees’ pension funds from Unilever investments.

Next, Schneider brings us the last chapter in a curious court case involving the son of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yair. The social media butterfly was accused of slander for statements he posted on his robust Twitter account accusing Wexner fellowship alumni of being part of an alleged Jeffrey Epstein-led “pedophile cult.”

And finally, we take a deeper look at a disturbing poll that came out of the US last week, which saw a quarter of US Jews believing that Israel is an “apartheid state.”

Discussed articles include:

US states’ fully baked anti-BDS laws could put the freeze on Ben & Jerry’s

Israeli envoy urges 35 US states to activate anti-BDS laws against Ben & Jerry’s

Yair Netanyahu apologizes to Wexner fellowship alumni for ‘pedophile cult’ claim

Poll finds a quarter of US Jews think Israel is ‘apartheid state’

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