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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Israel Admits to Sinking Refugee Ship

Jess & Jamal discuss the recent revelation that an Israeli submarine sank a Lebanese boat full of refugees in 1982. Was it a mistake or a war crime? They also talk about Airbnb’s decision to remove listings in Israeli Colonial Settlements in the West Bank and the recent developments in the Khashoggi murder case.

 

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Israel’s Government Collapses After “Botched” Operation in Gaza

Jess and Jamal discuss the sudden resignation of Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, over the cabinet’s decision to accept a ceasefire ending two days of fighting with Palestinians in Gaza.

They also interview Australian filmmaker Anne Tsoulis about her award-winning documentary,  Under the Rubble: A Story From Gaza.

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Oslo & Trump’s Deal of the Century

Jess & Jamal discuss the demise of the Oslo agreement signed between Israel and the PLO at the White House twenty-five years ago to bring about an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967. Today, most Palestinians believe that the Oslo agreement is dead and diminishes Palestinian rights. Jess & Jamal also discus Trump’s “Deal of the Century.”

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The Real Story on Syria’s “Rebels”

Jess & Jamal discuss Israel’s secretly arming and funding at least 12 “rebel” groups in southern Syria. The Israeli military transfers, which ended in July of this year, included assault rifles, machine guns, mortar launchers and transport vehicles. Israeli security agencies delivered the weapons through three gates connecting the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to Syria.

 

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The Medieval Kingdom & Beheadings

Jess and Jamal discuss how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may behead a Saudi woman activist for her work on human rights and justice in the Kingdom. They further discuss the implications for the Middle East and the role of US foreign policy in the region. Trump’s political problems were discussed in light of the development of felony charges against Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

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So What’s New: Palestinians Have Always Been Detained and Interrogated by the Shin Bet

Jess and Jamal discuss the recent detainment of journalist Peter Beinart by the Israeli Shin Bet upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport as well as other Jewish Americans who have detained recently trying to enter Israel. Jamal, reporting from Jerusalem, reports on what is happening on the ground now in Palestine and they both discuss the implications of Trump Administration policies for peace in the Middle East.

 

WATCH Dr. George Khouri talk about his ordeal entering Jerusalem in this 2015 Arab Talk episode.

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