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Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal brings news and analysis of the Arab World and Middle East from an Arab perspective. Arab Talk Co-Hosts Jess Ghannam and Jamal Dajani come together every week to interview news makers from around the world and deliver a uniquely Arab view of this region-- politics, culture, art, music and all things Arab on Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal.

Islamophobia Is No Laughing Matter

Photojournalist and author Phil Pasquini discusses Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) Islamophobic remarks calling Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) a member of the “jihad squad” and likening her to a bomb-carrying terrorist.

Jess & Jamal discuss “beauty-washing” in Israel as controversy over the Miss Universe pageant heats up.

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Did the US Commit War Crimes in Syria?

Palestinian-American civil rights attorney Huwaida Arraf talks about her congressional bid in Michigan’s Thumb region (10th District.)

Jess & Jamal discuss previously undisclosed airstrikes in Syria carried out days before the fall of ISIS in 2019 that killed multiple civilians, including women and children, according to US Central Command.

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SFSU President Undermines Own Faculty & Sides With Big Tech

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi comments on SFSU President Mahoney’s decision to uphold the University’s acceptance of Big Tech’s increasing control over academic discussion, and its complicity with Zionist organizations.

Jess and Jamal discuss Israel’s surveillance effort in the occupied West Bank to monitor Palestinians by integrating facial recognition with a growing network of cameras and smartphones.

And why was Israel’s ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely was booed and shamed at the London School of Economics?

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Foreign Pressure Mounts to Overturn Sudan’s Coup

Elsadig Elsheikh, Director of the Global Justice Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, discusses the recent coup in Sudan.

Egyptian-American rising star Shereen Ahmed talks about her acting journey and her role as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady,” now playing at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Click here for more info.

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Israel’s War on Palestinian Civil Society

Palestinian-American human rights activist discusses Israel’s targeting of six Palestinian NGOs that it labeled as “terrorist organizations.”

Jess & Jamal talk about Al-Yusufiyah cemetery part of which Israel plans to convert into a theme park. Palestinians say the project encroaches on a centuries-old Muslim graveyard beneath the eastern wall of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Bad Week for Apartheid

Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi talks about his latest documentary, “The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation.” The film builds the handbook of the perfect occupier, based on testimonies from Israeli soldiers and archive footage. Find out where to see the film here.

Jess and Jamal discuss why it has been a bad week for supporters of Apartheid, as acclaimed Irish novelist Sally Rooney refuses to allow the Israeli publishing house that handled her previous novels to publish her most recent book, “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” due to Israel’s Apartheid practises. 

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Pandora Papers and the Middle East

Journalist Daoud Kuttab discusses the Pandora Papers, a massive leak of more than 11 million confidential files to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which revealed the secret offshore holdings of a host of rulers across the Middle East.

Jess & Jamal discuss the whitewashing and sportswashing of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), three years after the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And the world’s “favorite uncle,” the late Israeli PM and President Shimon Peres, was a sexual predator, according to former ambassador and Labor MK Colette Avital.

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Biden’s Middle East Policy: Business As Usual

Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of DAWN, says that President Biden’s Middle East policy is just sugar-coated business as usual. “The president’s actions speak louder than his lofty rhetoric on democracy and human rights, as autocrats cash in,” according to DAWN.

Jess & Jamal discuss a motion passed by the British Labor Party calling for sanctions against Israel for practicing Apartheid against Palestinians. And, why was a Capitol rioter who recorded a video of herself saying she was looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to shoot her in the friggin’ brain” only charged with a misdemeanor in federal court?

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Human Rights Activists Reject Israel’s Observer Status at the African Union

Attorney Stanley Cohen explains why a group of lawyers, activists and researchers from various countries submitted a petition to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights on September 16, demanding that the African Union revoke its recent decision to admit Israel as an observer state. 

Jess & Jamal discuss a standalone bill introduced by US Democrats to provide Israel with $1 billion for its Iron Dome missile system after the funding was struck off a government spending bill amid pressure from progressive lawmakers. Also, a US veteran of the War on Iraq publicly calls out George W. Bush for lying to the American people.

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Imbalance in US Foreign Aid

The Palestine Museum founder, Faisal Saleh, shares his vision of researching and preserving Palestinian history, culture, and art. To learn more: 
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Jess & Jamal examine US foreign aid, as the Biden administration contemplated imposing new conditions on aid to Egypt due to human rights abuses, while US Congress progressives renewed effort to prohibit the delivery of US-made bombs to Israel due to its targeting of civilians in Gaza.