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 This Week In Palestine 
 also: surreptitious BDS criminalization?
 Weekly Program
 Host John Roberts, speakers Josh Ruebner and Lamis Deek
 Truth & Justice Radio (WZBC)  
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Josh Ruebner, Policy Director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, is followed by Lamis Deek, Palestinian civil rights attorney in New York City.

We see this repression in a myriad number of forms. For example, Trump's cutoff of the U.S. share of UNWRA funding; ending bilateral "humanitarian" assistance from AID; closure of the PLO office in Washington DC; transfer of the U.S. Embassy from TelAviv to Jerusalem; and the dissolution of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Ruebner explains why this last slam may be the most significant of all. Ms. Deek expresses her admiration of the Palestinian protesters at the Gaza apartheid fence. They continue protesting in spite of a continuous rain of death-dealing US-made dumdum bullets, all approved by the Trump administration.

But first: Having failed to pass its unconstitutional anti-BDS legislation in the open, the Israel Lobby and its allies in Congress are conniving surreptitiously to have it added to the must-pass congressional omnibus spending bill, where it will get no debate. [Post-show note: it appears that this "must-pass" bill, whether poisoned this way or not, did NOT pass when it "must," thus triggering Trump's notorious government shutdown.]

The ACLU has seen an updated version being considered for inclusion in the spending bill. While Capitol Hill offices claim the First Amendment concerns have been resolved, this is nonsense. Knowingly supporting BDS could result in criminal financial penalties of up to $1 million. Were this legislation to pass and survive review by the new Supreme Court, federal officials would have yet another new weapon at their disposal to chill and punish activity supporting the rights of Palestinians.
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 This Week In Palestine 12-30-2018 Download Program Podcast
Josh Ruebner and Lamis Deek on the Trump administration's efforts to repress the Palestinian people
00:42:28 English 2018-12-30
 Washington DC and Cambridge MA
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