- Aug 1, 2014
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A CHILDREN’S SPEECH PATHOLOGIST who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, 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. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed early Monday morning in a federal court in the Western District of Texas, alleging a violation of her First Amendment right of free speech.
The child language specialist, Bahia Amawi, is a U.S. citizen who received a master’s degree in speech pathology in 1999 and, since then, has specialized in evaluations for young children with language difficulties (see video below). Amawi was born in Austria and has lived in the U.S. for the last 30 years, fluently speaks three languages (English, German, and Arabic), and has four U.S.-born American children of her own.
The language of the affirmation Amawi was told she must sign reads like Orwellian — or McCarthyite — self-parody, the classic political loyalty oath that every American should instinctively shudder upon reading:
What does BDS have to do with helping developmentally disabled children in Texas? They've been quietly sneaking their agenda into state laws around the country. The first time I became aware of this was in Nikki Haley's South Carolina, where legislation made it illegal to support BDS on college campuses. Haley is a shameless employee of Israel, and will likely collect millions of dollars from the global tentacles that do Israel's bidding in the USA.
Will any of Israel's supporters be brave enough here to support the firing of Bahia Amawi for refusing to pledge support for a foreign country? Under which grounds should she be fired?