Lebanon is Devastated

Guest Dr. James Zogby (@jjz1600) President of the Arab American Institute (AAI) discusses the Democratic platform and prospects for Arab American candidates in November elections.

Jess & Jamal discuss the devastating explosions that rocked Beirut, Lebanon leaving at least 137 people dead, 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless.

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Can Trump Delay the Elections?

Guest Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) discusses why right-wing groups are flooding an ongoing public comment period on whether California should cut Ethnic Studies generally, and Arab-American Studies specifically, from their schools.

Jess and Jamal discuss President Trump’s tweet about delaying the elections.

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Feast in the Middle East while in Quarantine

Jess and Jamal discuss both the Democratic Party’s platform on foreign policy and President Trump’s cognitive abilities.

Cookbook author and host of “Feast in the Middle East,” Blanche Shaheen, shares delicious heirloom Palestinian recipes to help people cope with sheltering-in-place during the pandemic.

Arab Talk with Jess & Jamal · Feast In The Middle East While In Quarantine – 23 Jul 2020

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Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: What Gives?

Guest Ronnie Barkan describes his ordeal along with two other activists who are facing trial in Berlin for disrupting an event which was held in June 2017 at the Humboldt University for member of the Israeli Knesset Aliza Lavie. To learn more about the Humboldt-3 visit:
https://medium.com/humboldt3/

Jess and Jamal discuss Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decree ordering the Hagia Sophia to be opened for Muslim prayers. A top Turkish court had revoked the 1934 decree by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish republic, that had turned the Hagia Sophia into a museum.

Arab Talk with Jess & Jamal · Erdogan And The Hagia Sophia: What Gives? – 16 Jul 2020

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Are Arabs White?

Guest comedian and writer Amer Zahr says that Arab Americans should not be counted as white in the US Census. Does being legally white turn this oft-sidelined community into a ‘legally invisible’ entity?

Jess and Jamal discuss the recent brouhaha with Peter Beinart’s editorial making the case for a binational Jewish-Palestinian state.

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US Media Ignores Ghislaine Maxwell’s Family Ties to the Mossad

Diana Buttu, legal analyst and former legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian negotiators, explains the planned Israeli annexation of illegal colonial settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

Jess and Jamal discuss the recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell and her father’s ties to the Israeli Mossad.

Arab Talk with Jess & Jamal · US Media Ignores Ghislaine Maxwell’s Family Ties To The Mossad – 2 Jul 2020

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Surviving COVID-19, A Personal Experience

Arab Talk guest Eman Jamal shares her personal experience fighting COVID-19 after contracting it along with her family in Dubai, UAE. She also provides tips about ways to cope with the illness.

Jess and Jamal discuss Jamaal Bowman’s victory over Rep. Eliot Engel marking a major defeat for the Israel lobby.

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Is Finland in Russia?

Our guest, Rev. Michael Yoshii, talks about race relations and solidarity between Japanese Americans and Palestinians.

Jess and Jamal discuss the book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton that President Trump is trying to stop from being published.

Arab Talk with Jess & Jamal · Is Finland In Russia? – 18 Jun 2020

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European Human Rights Court: France Violated BDS Activists’ Rights

Arab Talk guest Dr. Hatem Bazian talks about racism and Islamophobia in the United States and Europe.

Jess and Jamal discuss the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights saying that France violated the freedom of expression of pro-Palestinian activists who were convicted for campaigning to boycott Israeli goods. They also discuss the US and Israel’s efforts to intimidate the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

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Where Do Many Police Departments Train?

Jess and Jamal discuss the recent developments in the murder cases of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. They also talk about how US law enforcement agencies have been receiving training on crowd control, use of force and surveillance by Israel’s national police, military and intelligence services.

Amnesty International has condemned these practices:
https://www.amnestyusa.org/with-whom-are-many-u-s-police-departments-training-with-a-chronic-human-rights-violator-israel/