Intercept: A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — So She Lost Her Job


New York, NY – On his latest column for The Intercept, published December 17, 2018, co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald has written about the case of a children’s speech pathologist in Austin, Texas, who had her contract with a public school district terminated after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that foreign nation.

According to Greenwald’s exclusive reporting, Bahia Amawi, an U.S. citizen with a Master’s degree, has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled students (spanning the ages of 3 to 11) in Austin and is the only certified Arabic-speaking speech pathologist in the district. The refusal to renew her contract has the potential to significantly impact many children in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin –– a county with a growing Arabic-speaking immigrant community.

The anti-BDS clause which Amawi refused to sign is the result of “a state law enacted on May 2, 2017, by the Texas State Legislature and signed into law on May 4 by GOP Governor Greg Abbott.” According to the reporting, 26 states have enacted anti-BDS laws and similar bills are pending in another 13 states.

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Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, “No Place to Hide,” is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn’s column was featured in the Guardian and Salon. He was the debut winner, along with Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the abusive detention conditions of Chelsea Manning.

For his 2013 NSA reporting, he received the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting; the Gannett Foundation Award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation Watchdog Journalism Award; the Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil (he was the first non-Brazilian to win), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for the Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

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  1. “So they sidled up to good ‘ol boyz in Texas, and sold them a few wolf tickets. Fake oil reserve studies . . . you know Johnson baby, when it’s gone . . . well, you know Lyndie . . . your state is going to dry out and blow in the wind when that happens.”

    I’m with you on this one completely. That Zionic-Logic you describe rings familiar to me from a profession point of view, meaning it could be done. Something similar was when they convinced THE WHOLE US OF ZION that the Soviet Union had superiority in nuclear weapons. Hide under the desk kiddies !!! Same ol’, same ol’ crap.

  2. The United States of Israel?
    ” Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States it can dry up and blow away”
    Benjamin Netanyahu overheard talking to Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard.
    ” Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel, we the Jewish People control America and the Americans know it”
    Ariel Sharon October 2001

  3. The Legislature of Texas, likely comprised of lawyers, evidently don’t like the U.S. Constitution. There are legal ways to change it if you don’t like it. People have changed it legally in the past with issues dealing with alcohol and others. But it is very difficult to change. So the gangster lawyers in Texas instead gang up on our Constitution and knowingly and willfully pass illegal laws violating our most cherished laws regarding freedom of speech and thought. They then use illegal duress, or illegal force, to seek to elicit a signature on a piece of paper by an innocent victim teacher in a public school district. Why not just put a gun to her head? What is the difference? At least there are two lawyers in Texas willing to stand up for our Constitution in the face of blatant obstruction to it by ignoramuses in its so called law making body who refuse to follow the rules to change the law if they don’t like it. Is this Chutzpah or what obscenity by the gangster thugs in Texas called lawmakers? What a reprehensible disgrace to themselves and Texas and humanity and every U.S. soldier who put his life on the line for our Constitution which they collectively gang raped. This kind of unconscionable and ignorant behavior, collectively by a bunch of crooks called legislators, is what gives Texas and the other Southern States who have passed such illegal laws, a bad name. Unfortunately a number of Northern gangster states today have also passed such illegal laws like the thugs in New York or even Minnesota in the North. And all because Israel has so much money they can bribe or buy their way out of criticism for their daily crimes against Palestinians and others over there. All these lying lawyers in these disgusting red states care about is a five letter obscene word MONEY or DINERO in Spanish. What a dismal disgrace this country has become. Where are the 1.3 million lawyers in this country speaking loudly and clearly against this obscenity in Texas and many other states too? How much money did the so called lawmakers of Texas get bribed by Israel to do their bidding? This is a modern day obscenity in America. What happened to the separation of Church and State? Israel is a country based on one religion. Why is Texas passing illegal laws supporting a foreign country based on religion? Are the lawmakers in Texas insane? Have they been bumping their heads too much on all these newfangled small cars getting into them or out of them thereby impairing their brain function? The federal judge should award the plaintiff billions of dollars paid personally by these gangsters in Texas for knowingly passing illegal laws under the dark color of law.
    It looks like ignorant Texas and many other states seek a return to the dark ages of history. Shame on them.


    “Therefore, since law itself is perfect wrong, How can the law forbid my tongue to curse?” (King John)

    If the Jews who paid – how else and who else, to get this into law in Texas and 26 other states, had a titter of wit they should have saved their money. They should have done nothing to raise the issue of illegal settler communities in Israel manufacturing illegal goods because now, with growing antipathy against having a foreign Israeli gun put to our patriotic US heads we will never buy these items and the way to make sure hypothetically and logically by extension – if you did not already see it coming, is simply to avoid all Jewish goods and all Jewish stores, everywhere. It is already happening in the media. Look to the mainly-Jewish controlled MSM for instance and nobody said to boycott them or organized a BDS movement to push a campaign to do so. They are all of them going to the wall and not entirely because of online news availability. I, for one, haven’t bought a daily paper in yonks neither Wapo nor the NYT poisoned by their cretin editorials and Op-Eds espousing cockamamie politics; or watched any television whatsoever for the same reasons.

    To come here from thousands of miles away and threaten Americans through legal coercion not to boycott illegal goods from illegally held land is – to put it mildly, pushing the wrong button. Nobody denies me the right to choose, and if you don’t buy that, shut up shop. Oh, and if for some reason I am faced with signing a form endorsing Israeli interference in the US legal system I will gladly sign it knowing I will never buy anything from any illegal settlers many of whom choose to boycott Brooklyn among other US redoubts to move to Israel in the first place. Duh!

  5. Well said & articulated. Truth cuts to the bone & this time it will leave a scar. Perhaps scorched earth. Operation Paperclip ‘cast the die’ for the 4th Reich via the 5th column & just bread more advanced technology, avarice, powerlust ponerological Machiavellian psychopaths. Dysfunctional & dystopic induced chaos.

  6. Reductio ab absurdum. Past the rubicon of tyranny & nous of pansophy. This frontier of despotism & inculcated machiavellian narcissistic delirious zionist psychopathy is headed right off the cliff into the abysmal void of societal entropy at some point. Smells & intuitively feels like a Faustian bargain percolating sub rosa. Guess who doesn’t have a chair left when the music of the “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” stops ?
    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize” Voltaire

  7. In a country that treasures it’s constitutional right of free speech it is outrageous that a foreign state can compel our politicians through money or blackmail to outlaw it. Wake up people. This has gone way too far.

    • Yeh cowboy, but it is worth noting that this is macho Texas that is doing this. Texas motto is “Don’t Mess With Texas”

      What the hell is going on there ?

    • Just look into the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, signed by Woodrow Wilson on December 23rd. He sold out US to Banks. As long as the federal reserve is a private company, as long does the US citizen has nothing to say.

  8. I do not understand how these anti-BDS “laws” are constitutional, or have not been challenged in federal court.

  9. This is a case which should go to Supreme Court. The laws are discriminatory, thus illegal. Article 1 of the constitution guarantees free speech. These laws are a breech of the trust we place in our legislators to protect the constitution. They have violated their oath of office, and should be removed. The legislators who voted for it should be investigated for ‘unique’ ties to AIPAC. To the person they are bought and paid for stooges for Israel. What should be put on their tombstones?
    They are promoting hate, because that’s what I am feeling towards them now.

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