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Podcast: The Double Standard That Police Display Towards Protests Supporting Palestinians

Hatem Abudayyeh

Thousands of people have been demonstrating in support of Palestinians and against Israel’s assault on Gaza in major cities across the United States. Police have shown some willingness to facilitate protests, but organizers have also experienced a double standard in the way police handle Palestinian supporters versus Israel supporters. Multiple examples of this double standard, in fact, have surfaced in recent weeks.

Hatem Abudayyeh is based in Chicago, Illinois, and sits on the National Coordinating Committee of the United States Palestine Community Network (USPCN). He is a prominent organizer around issues related to the Arab community in Chicago and the US, in addition to issues related to Palestine. He has been targeted by the federal government for his solidarity activism. He was one of several activists, who had their home raided by the FBI nearly four years ago. The Justice Department issued 23 activists grand jury subpoenas, but they all refused to testify. He has remained a steadfast and outspoken person in the community.

Abudayyeh joins the podcast to talk about the incredible response to Israel’s assault on Gaza in Chicago. He discusses how police have handled the demonstrations and the history of racial profiling, which the Palestinian community has routinely experienced. He also highlights the Justice Department’s cloud of investigation that hangs over him as well as the political case of Rasmea Odeh, which targeted activists suspect may have a connection to the Justice Department’s investigation.

After the interview, I highlight how CIA director John Brennan and former CIA officials have been plotting to discredit the Senate intelligence committee’s torture report and talk about The Intercept’s story on the National Counterterrorism Center’s criteria for placing people on government watchlists. Khalek wraps the episode with an update on Gaza and the West Bank.

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