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Anti-Palestinian Racism Is Today's Accepted Racism / Jess Ghannam

Apr eng web

Anti-Palestinian racism is accepted. It is normalized. It is sanctioned…You can be fired. We're hearing this from educational institutions and healthcare institutions. We hear these reports every day, people who are wearing solidarity pins for Palestine are being told you have to take that pin off. You can keep your BLM pin, you can keep your LGBTQ plus pin, but you can't wear that pin that has that little watermelon on it. It's become part and parcel of the accepted norm in a lot of spaces in this country to be racist against Palestinians and their allies. And I'm fearful of that. I'm concerned about that. My colleagues and I share that, and that's why we did this study. And we're hoping that these results will open up some eyes and change policy, because ultimately we want to legitimize this, this kind of understanding and create training and funding sources to combat this form of racism and the attempt to normalize it.

The Anti-Palestinian Racism Research Group's Jess Ghannam, who is co-author of the just-released "Anti-Palestinian Racism Survey Preliminary Report," joins This Is Hell! to discuss anti-Palestinian racism and its effects in the United States. Following the interview, we will hear some fresh "Rotten History" and a listener email.

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Jess Ghannam

Dr. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. His research areas include evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children. Dr. Ghannam has developed community health clinics in the Middle East that focus on developing community-based treatment programs for families in crisis.