IsraelCast Episode 198

Shai Davidai did not set out to become one of the leading faces in calling out Jew hatred and anti-Israel rhetoric on college campuses. He just wanted to focus on his career in academia and be with his family. Yet, when the pro-Hamas protests came to his Columbia University following the October 7 attacks and Davidai found himself in a maelstrom of hate and harassment, the mild-mannered professor dedicated himself to advocating for the Jewish homeland amidst a sea of antisemitism. On this special bonus episode of IsraelCast, host Steven Shalowitz sits down with Davidai to discuss his antisemitic experiences at Columbia, the shocking indifference from the university’s administration, and how everyone can do their part in supporting Jewish communities under attack.

Shai Davidai is an Israeli Professor at Columbia Business School. Ever since the Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7, Davidai has devoted his time and energy to combating antisemitism and the libel campaign against Israel at Columbia University and on college campuses across the country. Davidai moved to the United States in 2010 and previously worked at Princeton University and The New School for Social Research. His academic work has been published in top-tier journals, including Science Advances, Scientific Reports, Perspectives on Psychological Sciences, The Accounting Review, and the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

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