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Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal brings news and analysis of the Arab World and Middle East, as well as issues affecting the Arab American community. Arab Talk broadcasts live every Thursday from 2-3 PM/PT on KPOO, 89.5FM San Francisco. Follow us on Twitter @ArabTalk Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes at

Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal brings news and analysis of the Arab World and Middle East, as well as issues affecting the Arab American community. Arab Talk broadcasts live every Thursday from 2-3 PM/PT on KPOO, 89.5FM San Francisco. Follow us on Twitter @ArabTalk Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes at


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Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal brings news and analysis of the Arab World and Middle East, as well as issues affecting the Arab American community. Arab Talk broadcasts live every Thursday from 2-3 PM/PT on KPOO, 89.5FM San Francisco. Follow us on Twitter @ArabTalk Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes at






Probe Finds Abu Akleh’s Killing ‘Deliberate’

Aseel AlBajeh, Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq Human Rights Organization discusses Israel's systematic targeting of Palestinian civil society and the shutting down of the offices of six Palestinian human rights groups. A joint probe by Forensic Architecture and Al-Haq has recently uncovered evidence that an Israeli sniper repeatedly shot at Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Jess & Jamal explain why Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks from both sides of...


Deconstructing Lebanon's Quagmire

Dr. Rania Masri and Dr. Anis Germany discuss Lebanon's economic nightmare, how the country ended up in such a state, and what remedies can be implemented to transition into a better future. Jess & Jamal explain Israel's recent backtracking on some of its racist and draconian measures in order to be added to the United States’ Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows citizens of select countries to stay in the United States for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.


No Tech For Apartheid

Ariel Koren, former marketing manager at Google for Education, discusses her recent resignation from the tech giant after facing retaliation from management and harassment from fellow Googlers for criticizing Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion agreement between Google, Amazon and the Israeli military. To learn more: Jess & Jamal examine Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's recent spending frenzy on Vision 2030, a $7 trillion+ development plan for Saudi Arabia.


Straight Talk With Renowned Rapper Lowkey

Renowned British rapper and activist Lowkey (Kareem Dennis) discusses his passion for rap music and his pursuit of social justice. He also talks about how the Israel lobbying network in the UK tries relentlessly to censor him due to his criticism of Israeli Apartheid and its oppression of the Palestinian people. Jess and Jamal discuss the recent admission by the Israeli occupation military that there is 'a possibility' its soldiers killed Shireen Abu Akleh. They also discuss Israel's new...


Our Vision For Liberation

Ramzy Baroud discusses his recent book, "Our Vision For Liberation," co-edited with Illan Pappe. Contributors to this unique collection of essays draw on their own remarkable personal experiences and successes; they address what now, what next, is to be done, in a manner that reflects not only Palestinian aspirations, but their view of what is possible. Jess & Jamal discuss France's and Algeria's 'renewed partnership' 60 years after independence.


Israel Loathes Human Rights Organizations

Jess & Jamal discuss the recent Israeli raids on the offices of seven Palestinian civil society advocacy groups in the occupied West Bank and the motives behind them.


Hollywood Continues To Vilify Arabs

Egyptian-American actor & lawyer Amr El-Bayoumi explains how Hollywood continues to market hateful Arab & Muslim stereotypes and narratives through distorted and toxic roles in its films. Jess & Jamal discuss how OPEC & Saudi Arabia are profiteering from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and why did billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, quietly invested more than $500 million in three major Russian energy companies between February and March?


Israel's 'Preemptive Strike' Kills Children

Dr. Robert Ross, Professor of Literary Arts & Social Justice Studies, at Park Point University discusses the recent dismissal of a bogus lawsuit brought against him by a colleague and Israel's lobby group Lawfare Project for teaching about Palestine and supporting BDS. Jess & Jamal take a look at the Israeli onslaught on Gaza which killed 16 Palestinian children.


US Lobbyists For Israeli Spyware Firm Could Face Prison

Adam Shapiro, Palestine-Israel Advocacy Director at Dawn, discusses how a group of US-based lobbyists representing the Israeli spyware company NSO have been violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) by not registering the company as being under the control of the Israeli government. Jess & Jamal unpack the newly uncovered transcripts from the trial of the infamous 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre perpetrated by Israeli Border Police and the coverup thereafter.


German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) Censors Palestine Debate

Giovanni Fassina, Program Director of the European Legal Support Center, describes how the blanket accusation of “antisemitism” became the go-to trigger to censor legitimate discussion on issues related to Palestine on the German public, state-owned international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). Jess & Jamal discuss the complaint against US lobbyists accused of failing to disclose spyware developer NSO Group's ties to the Israeli government, and the trial of a former Twitter employee accused...


Biden's Middle East Trip, Dead On Arrival

Dr. Rashid Khalidi discusses the US State Department's and the Israel Land Authority's plans to build a new permanent US embassy and diplomatic compound in Jerusalem on private Palestinian property confiscated by Israel after 1948. Jess and Jamal discuss President Biden's failed trip to the Middle East, as he did not secure oil commitments at the Arab summit, or hold Israel accountable for its violations of human rights.


Israel's Arms Giant Faces Activists Wrath In UK

Jewish Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan discusses why the Israeli weapons manufacturer, Elbit Systems, might be forced to abandon its UK factories due to protests. Jess & Jamal discuss Biden's "historic flight" from Jeddah to Tel Aviv. And why is the United States planning to build its new embassy in Jerusalem on stolen Palestinian land?


US Gives Israel A Pass In The Murder Of Shireen Abu Akleh

Jess & Jamal discuss the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, as US has determined that gunfire from the Israeli military was "likely responsible" for the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in May, but "could not reach a definitive conclusion" on the origin of the bullet due to its condition. They also discuss President Biden's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a break with his campaign pledge of making the kingdom a "pariah" as...


Israel's Lobby Pouring Millions To Unseat Progressive Democrats

Richard Silverstein discusses his recent article published in Tikun Olam, “Israel’s Paroxysm of Judeo-Hate--Vile chants of 70,000 Judeo-terrorists-in-the-making.” Jess & Jamal talk about AIPAC’s recent campaigns to unseat politicians critical of Israeli human rights violations.


AIPAC & The NRA, Much In Common

Martin Konečhný, founder and director of the European Middle East Project (EuMEP), discusses why Israeli-aligned EU commissioners insist that funding to Palestinians be conditioned on revised content in their textbooks. Jess & Jamal discuss the endless mass killings in the United States and the influence of AIPAC & the NRA on American politics. They also talk about Israel's racist flag march in Jerusalem.


Israel Kills Journalist, Attacks Funeral Procession

Jess & Jamal discuss the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli Occupation Force and the attack on her funeral procession in Jerusalem. Jess & Jamal also reflect on the Nakba, the forced expulsion of Palestinians 74 years ago. Digital Rights Defender, Mona Shtayan discusses her recent article in the Middle East Institute, "Nowhere to hide: The impact of Israel’s digital surveillance regime on the Palestinians," where she details Israel’s surveillance methods...


Israel's Policy Of Administrative Detention

Milena Ansari, International Advocacy Officer at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association discusses Israel's policy of administrative detention, including torture and cruel treatment of Palestinian political prisoners. Jess & Jamal examine Putin's defiant speech at the annual Victory Day commemorations in Moscow that falsely depicted Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an extension of the struggle against Nazism in Europe.


Lawmakers Criminalize BDS, Support Sanctions On Russia

Producer Suhad Babaa discusses her documentary “Boycott” which chronicles three every-day Americans challenging anti-BDS laws for their constitutionality in a nation-wide First Amendment battle. 233 bills targeting Palestinian advocacy have been introduced across the United States in recent years and 32 states have passed laws targeting the BDS movement. Learn more about the film and upcoming screenings: Jess & Jamal shed light on the recent developments of the...


Greenwashing Colonialism And Apartheid - 25 Apr 2022

Shireen Tawil discusses her recent article “The ‘desert’ was already blooming: Palestine, Colonialism, and Global Climate Justice.” Shireen writes about Climate and Ecological Emergency and how Israel’s myth of environmental stewardship couldn’t be further from the truth. Jess & Jamal discuss the recent attacks by Israeli Settlers and military on Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan and Easter Holidays. Link to article:...


Jenin Massacre Twenty Years Later

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi discusses the history of resistance in the Palestinian town of Jenin, as the Israeli Occupation Forces have recently intensified its raids there, targeting the Jenin refugee camp. Jess and Jamal examine why Israel has been sheltering Russian Oligarchs, as they face global sanctions. Also, rabbis speak out against US Jewish funding of Israeli extremists.