Defending Palestine Free Speech: The Case of Fatima Mohammed


In this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” FMEP’s Lara Friedman speaks to Amal Thabateh, who is the Michael Ratner Justice Fellow at Palestine Legal, about the stunning attacks that have taken place targeting Fatima Mohamed for her May 12th commencement speech at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law’s graduation ceremony and the broader context of the fight to defend free speech and activism in support of Palestinian rights.

Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · Defending Palestine Free Speech: The Case of Fatima Mohammed

Recorded August 2, 2023
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Amal Thabateh is the Michael Ratner Justice Fellow at Palestine Legal where she challenges the censorship, surveillance, and suppression of advocates for Palestinian liberation. She has devoted her legal career to advancing the rights of communities facing security state abuse. With the CUNY CLEAR clinic, Amal provided support to communities targeted by the government under the guise of so-called national security and counterterrorism. In support of clients, communities, and social movements, she worked with the clinic to litigate civil rights cases and fight against abusive policies and practices implemented by the security state apparatus. Also during law school, Amal interned at CAIR-NY, where she supported victims of hate crimes and discrimination, worked to end unjust profiling and surveillance, and educated New Yorkers through facilitating Know-Your-Rights workshops. Amal also interned with Defense for Children International – Palestine, where she documented and reported violations of international law and advocated for greater protections for Palestinian children. Amal later focused on legislation and advocacy with Congresswoman Betty McCollum as a foreign policy intern.


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