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Democracy Is Bad for Israel / Murtaza Hussain

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The US is not favorable to democracy in the Middle East. I think that this issue has become such a red line for American elites, that even if the American public were to be very vocally anti Israel, I think they would not be allowed to. I think that we'd see more of what we saw in recent weeks, which is really quite shocking, of the violent suppression of peaceful protests. They did not agree with the protests, they didn't like them, and that's their right to disagree with them. But to see American citizens who were not being violent, beaten, arrested, and brutalized by American police just for expressing their views about a foreign policy subject. It's very eyeopening. I think that Americans would very quickly find themselves in a similar situation to people in the Middle East.

Murtaza Hussein returns to This Is Hell! to discuss his recent Intercept piece, "They Used to Say Arabs Can’t Have Democracy Because It’d Be Bad for Israel. Now the U.S. Can’t Have It Either." "Rotten History" follows the interview.

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Murtaza Hussain

Murtaza Hussain is a journalist and political commentator now working for The Intercept. His work focuses on human rights, foreign policy and cultural affairs. Murtaza's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Salon and elsewhere.


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