Tricycle Controversy: Why Jews Don’t Do Boycotts

Academic and cultural boycotts are often portrayed as a wielding of 'soft power', but they are intended to shut down debate, an act to which many Jews have an instinctual aversion.

The Jewish People are a noisy crowd. We thrive on argument and debate. This is signalled as early as the beginning of the Hebrew Bible, when Abraham, in an act of chutzpah unparalleled in any ancient religious text, charges God: “Shall not the Judge of all the world deal justly?" (Genesis 18:25).