A Palestinian-American speech pathologist in Austin, Texas, has filed a federal lawsuit for losing her job after refusing to sign a pro-Israel oath. Bahia Amawi is an Arabic-speaking child language specialist who had worked for nine years in the Pflugerville Independent School District. But she lost her job last year after she declined to sign a pledge that she would “not boycott Israel during the term of the contract” and that she would not take any action that is “intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations with Israel.” We speak with Bahia Amawi and Gadeir Abbas, senior litigation attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He is representing Amawi in her lawsuit against the Pflugerville Independent School District and the state of Texas.
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If I’m not mistaking, isn’t signing a loyalty pledge to another country treason for an elected official.
This story is SOOO bizarre. How on earth can governments in the US justify these loyalty oaths??
The hypocrisy is galling. The elites accusing a foreign government of tampering with US elections, but allow a foreign government to suborn the rights of US citizen to speak out about that government’s atrocities.
“Condemning illegal Israeli settlements is no more anti-Jew than criticizing American drone warfare is anti-Christian. This is about the behavior of a government and culture, not about ethnicity or religion.”
-Benjamin L. Corey