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Prominent Law Firm Rescinds Job Offer to Arab American Attorney Who Supports Palestinian Rights

HeadlineNov 30, 2023

Employees and job seekers continue to report retaliatory action for speaking out against the conflict. Georgetown Law School graduate Jinan Chehade says she had a job offer with prominent law firm Foley & Lardner LLP rescinded over her support for Palestinian rights on social media, after she was interrogated by the law firm’s partners.

Jinan Chehade: “They framed my advocacy for Palestine as supporting terrorism. And I was singled out as one of the only visibly Arab Muslim women associates in the law firm nationwide. Today I am speaking in defiance of the surge of attacks we have been seeing against Palestinians and their allies, from the murder of 6-year-old Wadea al-Fayoume to the shooting of three Palestinian students in Vermont to severe attacks on employees and associates like myself who speak up for Palestine. However, the more of us that speak up, the more power we have. So today I am not only speaking up, but I’m fighting back and pursuing legal action.”

Palestine Legal says it has received more than 700 requests for support from advocates for Palestinian rights since October 7 — that’s triple the number the group reported for the entire year last year.

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