Senators Vote to Shred the US Constitution for Israel

Jess and Jamal interview Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi about the passage of Senate Bill (S.1) that would empower states to punish companies and individuals who boycott Israel to protest its occupation of Palestinian Territories and Apartheid practices. Dr. Abdulhadi discusses her victory over the Lawfare Project and her lawsuit against San Francisco State University.

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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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Trump’s Wall of Shame

Jess & Jamal discuss the plight of 800,000 federal government employees who lost their income due to the government shutdown, as Congress refuses to fund Trump’s Wall with Mexico. They also discuss Michelle Alexander’s article in the New York Times, entitled “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine.”


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Jess & Jamal’s Predictions for 2019

Jess & Jamal outline their predictions for the year from Donald Trump’s Border Wall to Bashar al-Assad and Syria. They also talk about the US elections in 2020. Will Donald Trump get re-elected for four more years or will he get impeached?

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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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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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