Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar: Islamophobic?

Jess & Jamal discuss with Dr. Hatem Bazian the vicious attacks on Representative Ilhan Omar. Dr. Bazian also talks about a recent New Yorker article which exposes Psy-Group (established by “former” Israeli Mossad agents) targeting BDS activists on college campuses.

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Israeli Interests Trump the Constitution in Congress

Jess & Jamal discuss the passing of Senate Bill (S.1) which enacts penalties on entities that engage in boycotts of Israel — one of many measures in the US intended to push back on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. They also discuss Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) response to the condescension and criticism by one of her Democratic colleagues regarding her planned trip to the occupied Palestinian Territories by politely suggesting Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)—as well as any other House members— consider joining her or taking similar trips to broaden their understanding of Palestinians’ lived experiences instead of aligning, year after year, with the right-wing perspective of AIPAC lobbyists.


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Supporting BDS Gets You Fired in Texas

Jess and Jamal discuss the State of Texas, McCarthyite loyalty oath requiring contractors not to boycott Israel. Pursuant to Section 2270.001 of Texas Government Code, contractors are barred from “refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations specifically with Israel.” The law is a violation of the First Amendment and is being challenged by Bahia Amawi, a Texas speech pathologist, who lost her job due to this law.

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Banned in the USA

Jess & Jamal discuss the erosion of civil liberties in the United State under Trump, the separation of immigrant children from their families, the travel ban on Muslims and the censorship imposed on Arab Talk Radio by Facebook.

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The Incarceration of Children and Erosion of Human Rights

Jamal Dajani discusses with civil rights attorney Liz Jackson the incarceration of hundreds of immigrant children in cages at the US border with Mexico. They also talk about the confirmation of Ken Marcus as the top civil rights enforcer at the Department of Education and his efforts to ensure criticism of Israel on college campuses is muted.
 

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