On today’s show, Glenn was joined by Amit Deri, the executive director of Reservists on Duty (RoD), an organization of former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers dedicated to fighting and anti-Israel propaganda on college campuses across North America. Founded in 2015, the volunteer group is comprised of army reservists from every religion and background, including Christians, Muslims, and Atheists.
“Our goal is to fight hate groups,” said Deri. “I can tell you those groups are anti-American. They are anti everything, anti the western world. Our group is coming first to expose those groups on campus. To educate and give tools to Jew students and non-Jew students for how to speak about Israel, to refute the lies and bad labels they are spreading all over the place.”
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GLENN: I found out about a group called Reservists on Duty. It’s an organization created because of the military experience and the encounters with the far left that are — that anti-Semitic organizations are — are using to attack Israel and the — the members of the IDF. And these are — these are becoming very, very powerful groups. And you just can’t — you just can’t stand up and tell the truth of what you know about Israel. So these reservists have come together. And they have served on active duty in various combat positions. These are not Jews.
These are Christians and Muslims. And I believe atheists. That are standing up and saying, “Wait a minute. None of that is true.”
We have Amit Deri. He’s the executive director of Reservists on Duty. Amit, how are you?
AMIT: Good morning, Glenn. Thank you for having me.
GLENN: You bet. Okay. So tell me exactly what you guys are doing.
AMIT: So, yeah, Reservists on Duty is a group of former Israeli soldiers. The reason the Jews are also there, but there are a lot of them that are Americans who today lives in Israel. But also a lot of minorities that lives in Israel. You probably know that in Israel, we have Muslims, we have Jews, we have Bedouins, we have Christians. We even have Palestinians. And a lot of them are willing to come and speak in favor of Israel on college campuses. And our goal is to fight BBC, anti-Semitic groups — hate groups actually that works on campus. And you mentioned, by the way, that those groups are anti-Israel. But I can tell you that they are actually anti-American. They’re anti-everything. They’re anti the Western world.
AMIT: And our group actually has come in first to expose those groups on campus, to educate and to give tools for Jewish students and non-Jewish students, how to speak about Israel, to refute the lies and the blood labels that those guys are spreading all over the place. And — and that’s Reservists on Duty. We are — we are usually coming when they are producing — you probably know, Glenn, that they’re producing a week — a whole week against Israel called the Israeli apartheid group. You can find that in — I think in every college campus in America. You have a week against Israel. They build the big wall. They call it the apartheid wall, which means the separation wall that we have here in Israel. Building the wall with a lot of quotes and a lot of lies. And they’re actually, for the whole week, spreading lies, misinformation, and disinformation. Pure anti-Semitism against Israel and against the Jewish people.
GLENN: Okay. So a couple — so a couple of things. So you can contact you, I would imagine. And ask for you guys to come and speak at the college.
I think having a Palestinian speak is really powerful. You know, speaking in defense of Israel.
What is the reception that you’re getting at these campuses?
GLENN: Actually, this is our main challenge. We have a lot of people — all of them are volunteers. And our main challenge is to — we need more people to invite us. We’re not just coming and showing up in the middle of campus.
So we need groups, more groups, Jewish groups, Christian groups, conservative groups, that will invite to us speak on campus. So I invite your audience and the people who are listening to us now to invite us to their college campus. We will come. We have the best speakers. And you said — you mentioned the Palestinian guy. I can tell you, it’s not easy for those speakers.
GLENN: I know.
AMIT: We just came back from two weeks to the United States, with a minority group. One Christian, one Arab, one Muslim girl, one Bedouin, and one Palestinian. And they experienced a physical attack. Freedom of speech today in America, I think, is under fire. I think you know that better than me.
And those guys two weeks ago, they gave a speech on a synagogue, not in a college campus. In a synagogue in New York. Lincoln Square Synagogue. And in the middle of the speech, temple of Palestinians probably — Palestinians or Muslims sneak into the building or synagogue and started to shout and yell and scream and curse in every possible language inside a synagogue, and tried to physically attack the Palestinian speaker. Just drive them crazy when Arabs, when Muslims, Christians, Bedouins, speak in favor of Israel.
So I think if this drives them crazy, we’re doing the right thing. And we want to bring those guys more and more to the stage, and I invite people to invite us to come and speak.
STU: As sick as our universities are right now and all of the things that they’re doing that are, you know, not up to what we kind of thought of as real American foundational principles over the years. There’s really, I don’t think anything, that seems to get our universities more angry than people saying positive things about Israel. Is that just the sort of dark themes that have gone throughout history when it comes to the Jewish people?
Is that an American military argument? Why do you think that is?
AMIT: I think, you know, the — the essence is anti-Semitism. If you look from the leader of those groups, most of them are — are Muslims, that immigrated to the states. And, you know, it’s not about ’67 borders, it’s not about a peace agreement with the Palestinians. They want us out. They want the Jews, the Jewish people out from the state of Israel.
And when — when we’re coming on college campuses, you can always see that this is not only about Israel. It’s also against conservative speakers who are coming to college campuses.
AMIT: It’s all the speakers who are not going with — you know, with the mainstream, with what the — by the way, most of the administrations on college campuses want to hear — you are not welcome. Nobody will give pro-Israeli groups to do a hate week, literally hate week, like the Israeli apartheid group that those guys were producing.
Nobody in the administration would let us to do a week even in anti, even in favor of Israel, nobody would let us do that. And the administration, all college campuses are backing those students. I can tell you that we’re experiencing the same, like we experienced in the synagogue, we experienced the same in Minnesota, on the campus. At a state university.
GLENN: When you guys speak or are asked to speak, does it cost — does it cost the organization inviting you anything to bring you over?
AMIT: No money. No. We don’t charge a penny. We want to do that because we believe in what we’re doing. And all of our — our activists are volunteers. There’s a lot of people who are passionate for Israel here. And we want to do that.
Because we understand now — and I think, by the way, Glenn, I think we understand too late unfortunately.
GLENN: Yeah, yes.
AMIT: Those guys started back in the ’80s. ’90s.
GLENN: All right. So how does somebody get in touch with you?
AMIT: Yeah. So we have our website. Onduty, in one word. Onduty.org.il. And all the details and all of our information, contact information and our activities and videos, on the website.
GLENN: Okay. It’s onduty.org.il. Don’t forget the .il. Onduty.org.il.
Amit, we’ll talk to you again, and we hope to see you next time you’re in the United States. Thank you for what you’re doing.
AMIT: Thank you again. I want to — I want to thank you and your audience for all of your support for the state of Israel, for the idea of — I can tell you that a lot of people here in Israel listen to your radio shows and podcast, and we don’t take it for granted. Thank you very much.
GLENN: Thank you, Amit. I appreciate it. God bless you.