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 April 16, 2022, marked the 20th Anniversary of Arab Voices!

 

Arab Voices reached a milestone on April 16, 2022, and that is the 20th anniversary of this program. I started Arab Voices in April 2002, and have already produced and hosted over 1,000 episodes, and had more than 1,000 expert guests appearing on this program from around the globe, covering different topics such as the Arab world, its history, culture, and civilization, Arab-Americans, Muslim-Americans, civil rights and liberties, immigration issues, media coverage of events about the Arab world, the U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East, and much more.

Arab Voices aims at bringing the truth, facts, and realities to a wide and diverse range of listeners. It debunks many of the stereotypes, myths, and false information disseminated by certain media outlets, some politicians, and others.

Arab Voices is a syndicated program that airs on other radio stations in different cities in the U.S.

Many thanks to all the supporters over the years.
Said

 

     
 

Outstanding Arab Media Award
 
Arab Voices Executive Producer and Host, Said, received the Outstanding Arab Media Award from the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, one of several awards and recognitions he received over the years.

 

     
 

This program is syndicated and it airs on other radio stations in different cities in the U.S.A., and London, UK.  Following is a partial list of radio stations that air/syndicate Arab Voices:
      
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  • KEPJ 96.5 FM San Antonio, Texas
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  • KCPK 106.9 FM Pine Mountain Club, California
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  • K220HR 91.9 FM Hood River, Oregon
  • WADR 103.5 FM Janesville, Wisconsin
  • K208DG 89.5 FM Galveston, Texas
  • K212FV 90.3 FM Goodrich, Texas
  • K220KC 91.9 FM Huntsville, Texas
  • Nashville Revolution Radio, Nashville, Tennessee
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Date:

July 5, 2022    (Episode # 1,016)

     
Topic:

“The nature of democracy and human rights in Israel” by Gideon Levy
     
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The 2022 Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home & Abroad conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,016), we will air the keynote remarks delivered by Gideon Levy on the topic “The nature of democracy and human rights in Israel”. In his keynote speech he discusses the nature of democracy in Israel, questions about human rights, the occupation and apartheid, his views on the trajectory of Israeli and U.S. news media and how both could improve their reporting, the war on Ukraine and the way Israel had dealt with it, and more.
   
Gideon Levy is a columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz, which he joined in 1982. He spent four years as the newspaper’s deputy editor and is currently a member of its editorial board. He is widely considered the “dean” of Israeli journalism—as well as “the most hated man in Israel.” As Levy has written, “Treating the Palestinians as victims and the crimes perpetrated against them as crimes is considered treasonous.” Levy writes the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 30 years, as well as political editorials for the newspaper. His columns about politics, money, how Israel's military occupation is changing Israeli society and about U.S.-Israel relations are widely read and discussed around the world. Levy was the recipient, with Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb, of the 2016 Olof Palme Prize for their “fight against occupation and violence.” He has also received the Peace Through Media Award, at the 2012 International Media Awards; the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996. His book, The Punishment of Gaza, was published in 2010.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 28, 2022    (Episode # 1,015)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Protests against Human Rights Violations towards Muslims & others by the Indian Government
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, our topic will be the recent human rights and religious freedom violations against Christians, Muslims, and Dalits by the Indian government, as well as the insults by a member of the ruling BJP party toward the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Nearly 200 million Muslims in India are facing persecution, illegal arrests, and unlawful demolition of Muslim houses. In some areas in India, a ban was issued on Muslim women wearing the hijab in schools and colleges. Many are calling what is happening in India a genocide against Muslims.
 
Several protests were held in different cities in the United States in response to the increasing amount of violent and deadly attacks on Muslims, false imprisonment of Muslims, and the destruction of Muslim homes in India under the Modi/BJP regime.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at the recent protests held in Houston and Dallas. We will listen to the remarks of
Ammar Abdullah, a volunteer with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), Mohammed ElFarooqui, Imam of ISGH Baytown Masjid, Shakeib Mashood, President of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) Houston Chapter, William White, Director of Operations for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), and Dr. Omar Suleiman, American Muslim scholar, Imam, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Ajit Sahi on Hindutva
     
We will air a powerful speech on Hindutva delivered at the ICNA-MAS Convention held in Baltimore, Maryland on May 28, 2022, by Ajit Sahi.
 
Ajit Sahi is a journalist and activist, and he is the Advocacy Director at the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC).

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 21, 2022    (Episode # 1,014)

     
Topic:

The Urgency of the Julian Assange Case and the Crisis of Press Freedom
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a program from CodePink Radio titled “The urgency of the Julian Assange case and the crisis of press freedom”. That program was originally published on May 4, 2022,
to mark World Press Freedom Day, and it includes a conversation with journalist Julian Assange's wife Stella and his brother Gabriel who explain the urgency of his case and why it's critical to the future of press freedom.
 
On June 17, 2022, the British government approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges. Assange’s lawyers are expected to challenge that order in the British courts within 14 days. Julian Assange is charged by the United States government with the publication of classified documents and exposing war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted of violations of the Espionage Act. Back in 2010, WikiLeaks released government materials related to American military operations in the Middle East, including a video showing American pilots in Iraq making jokes as they opened fire on a group of non-combatants that included civilians and journalists, as well as on Iraqis who came to their aid, killing numerous civilians and seriously wounding two children.

Several organizations have renewed their call to the Biden administration to drop the charges against Julian Assange, and are calling them an attack on journalism and free speech.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 14, 2022    (Episode # 1,013)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Conversation with Palestinian Freedom Fighter & Resistance Icon Leila Khaled
     

In this episode, Arab Voices guest host Hanan Awad interviews Palestinian freedom fighter and resistance icon Leila Khaled about her journey as a freedom fighter for Palestine. Khaled is a member of the Palestinian National Council and a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Leila Khaled became well-known worldwide for the hijacking of two planes in 1969 and 1970.
     
Born in 1944 in the old city of Haifa, one of the most historical ports in all of Palestine, Leila Khaled spent the first four years of her life with her family until their ultimate displacement during the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948. Even after all these years, Leila still recalls her experience in her homeland and the brutality of her family’s expulsion as a continuous experience of trauma. Leila has since become a revolutionary icon for Palestinians; most notably through the famous picture of her – as a young woman – donning the traditional Palestinian kuffiyeh around her head. This picture alone has become its own symbol of resistance, struggle, and - most importantly – the Palestinian concept of sumud (steadfastness). Images of Leila Khaled can be found around the entire world, wherever signs of injustice are present. Specifically, the segregation wall around the West Bank as well as the military checkpoints, refugee camps, cafés, student dorms, and much more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 7, 2022    (Episode # 1,012)

     
Topic:

 

Journalism’s Fallen Hero: Commemorating Shireen Abu Akleh
     
A special event was held in Houston, Texas on June 5, 2022, at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center titled “Journalism’s Fallen Hero: Commemorating Shireen Abu Akleh”. Shireen was a world-renowned Palestinian-American journalist who was assassinated by the Israeli Occupation Forces on May 11, 2022. The event was co-sponsored by The Arab American Cultural & Community Center, the Palestinian American Cultural Center, the Palestinian Youth Movement, and Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that event and the poems recited about Shireen Abu Akleh. We will air the remarks of
Jill Yaziji, President of the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, Abbas Yacoubi, Palestinian-American activist, and board member, past president, and one of the co-founders of the Palestinian American Cultural Center, Aliya Khawaja with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, DeeDee Baba, Palestinian American Attorney, Mary Ramos, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Women’s Commissioner, and the Reverend Ronnie Lister, co-founder of the Enlightenment Gathering. We will also air two special poems (in Arabic) about Shireen Abu Akleh authored and recited by Hanan Khamis and Dr. Samir Tuma.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 31, 2022    (Episode # 1,011)

     
Topics:

 

1st Segment: Houston Muslim Study Key Findings
     
The recently conducted Houston Muslim Study was an in-depth and fascinating look into the Houston Muslim community: the positive impact, contributions, and challenges facing Muslims in Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States. The Wasat Institute commissioned the survey of Houston Muslims with New America, a think tank based out of Washington D.C., with the partnership of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Clear Lake Islamic Center, and the Islamic Dawah Center.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the key findings of the survey presented by Dr. Robert McKenzie, the senior researcher for this project. He revealed the results at an event organized by Wasat Institute in Houston on May 21, 2022.
 
Dr. McKenzie is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a non-resident fellow at New America. He is a domestic and foreign policy analyst, with fifteen years of applied research and work experience for the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.
 
Arab Voices had interviewed Dr. Robert McKenzie in January 2019 to discuss at that time the results of another study he worked on entitled “Houstonians Views on Muslim Americans”. That local study was part of a larger national study that broke down the “whys” at the heart of misunderstandings about Muslims in America. You can listen to that interview on our website, ArabVoices.net.
        
    

   
 

2nd Segment: International Conference on Jerusalem - The Spark Towards Liberation
     
Several Palestinian organizations, including Adalah, Al-Haq, the Community Action Center/Al-Quds University, and the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, held a conference entitled “International Conference on Jerusalem - The Spark Towards Liberation“. It was held on May 24, 2022, at Al-Quds University in occupied Jerusalem. Several sessions were held at that conference, aiming to build on the momentum sparked by the Unity Uprising in Jerusalem last year, and to further expand on the discourse of settler colonialism and apartheid that the Uprising reinforced internationally.
 
There were many speakers at the conference, and during this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at the “Legalities of the Systematic Geo-demographic Domination in Jerusalem” session, including the remarks of Dr. Mounir Nusseibeh, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, at Al Quds University who spoke on "Silent Displacement", and the remarks of Dr. Ahmad Amara, Legal Researcher, and Lecturer, at New York University, who spoke on “An Ideology of Dispossession: Settling in the Hearts”.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 24, 2022    (Episode # 1,010)

     
Topic:

 

On the Assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh: AlJazeera, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Reverend Ronnie Lister, Mosab Nasser, Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, & Letter by 57 Members of Congresses
     
In the last episode of Arab Voices, we talked about the Israeli assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh, a prominent world-renowned Palestinian-American journalist. Shireen was shot in the head and killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the occupied Jenin Refugee Camp in occupied Palestine on May 11, 2022.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will continue to talk about this heinous crime. We will share with you remarks and comments from AlJazeera (
where Shireen worked for over 20 years) by airing a program called “Start Here” titled “Shireen Abu Akleh – What happened?”. In that segment, Al Jazeera Start Here explains one week after the Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, was shot dead, what do we know about what happened? And why did her work at Al Jazeera mean so much to so many?.
 
We will also air the remarks of
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh, a Moment of Silence for Shireen Abu Aqleh on the House floor by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and some of the remarks delivered on May 17, 2022, at the Vigil held at Houston City Hall in Texas, to
Mourn and Celebrate Shireen Abu Aqleh. We will air the remarks of Reverend Ronnie Lister, Imam and activist Mosab Nasser, and Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
In addition, we will talk about the
letter signed by 57 members of the U.S. Congress to Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, and Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) asking for an official investigation by the U.S. Department of State and the F.B.I. into the killing of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 17, 2022    (Episode # 1,009)

     
Topics:

 

1st Segment: The Assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh by Apartheid Israel
     
Shireen Abu Aqleh, a prominent world-renowned Palestinian-American journalist who was working for Al Jazeera TV was assassinated by the Israeli occupation forces in the occupied Jenin Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank in occupied Palestine on May 11, 2022. Shireen Abu Aqleh was 51 years old and was respected worldwide for her professionalism and coverage of the occupied Palestinian areas for the past 25 years. Shireen was wearing a bulletproof vest marked with the word PRESS in English and also wearing a bulletproof helmet, but the Israeli occupation snipers targeted her and shot her in the head killing her instantly. Al Jazeera producer Ali Al-Samudi who was with Shireen Abu Aqleh was shot in the back by the Israeli occupation forces. He is recovering now from his wounds.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will be talking about the assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh, and the world's reaction to her murder. We will also listen to remarks on that topic by George Galloway, British politician, broadcaster, and writer, and Irish Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett. In addition, we will air portions of the briefing held by Ned Price, US State Department spokesperson, and the tough questions he faced from Said Arikat with AlQuds Newspaper and Matt Lee with the Associated Press.
     
    

   
 

2nd Segment: The 74th Anniversary of the Palestinian NAKBA
     
May 15, 2022, marked the 74th anniversary of the Palestinian NAKBA (Arabic word for Catastrophe), that's when Israel declared its independence on 78% of historic Palestine after wiping out more than 530 Palestinian villages and towns, killing thousands of Palestinians and forcing more than 850,000 Palestinians out of their homes. The Palestinians started referring to that as Al-Nakba, which actually started before 1948 and it continues to this day!

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the ongoing Palestinian NAKBA, air a special documentary on Al-NAKBA from the American Muslims for Palestine Chicago Chapter, listen to a report from Janna Jihad, the youngest Palestinian journalist, in occupied Ramallah, listen to “What's the Story?: Rami Younis on the Nakba in Lyd” by Mondoweiss, and listen to the Palestinian Reverend Dr. Munther Isaac with Bethlehem Bible College, reading excerpts on the 74th anniversary of Al-Nakba from "The Other Side of the Wall. A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope”.
 
Note: A few years ago, Pacifica Radio Network, produced a special documentary about Al-Nakba, to which Arab Voices contributed, and it aired on all Pacifica radio stations and their affiliates across the U.S. It was a collaboration between Arab Voices and several radio stations. This special documentary featured know experts, Palestinian politicians, elder survivors of the Nakba and their children and grand children, former detainees, reporters, and activists. You can listen to that hour here.
 
NEW: On May 16, 2022, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib introduced a historic resolution recognizing the Palestinian Nakba. The resolution was cosponsored by representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Betty McCollum, Marie Newman, Cori Bush, and Jamaal Bowman.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 10, 2022    (Episode # 1,008)

     
Guests/
Topics:

Conversation with Sanaa Seif and Sharif Abdel Kouddous about the New Book "You Have Not Yet Been Defeated" by Alaa Abd El-Fattah
     
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston and the Arab American Cultural & Community Center held a special Book Launch event on May 4, 2022, of "You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Selected Writings" by Alaa Abd El-Fattah, hosting Sanaa Seif (Alaa's sister) and Sharif Abdel Ko​uddous.
 
Alaa Abd el-Fattah is arguably the most high-profile political prisoner in Egypt, if not the Arab world, rising to international prominence during the revolution of 2011. A fiercely independent thinker who fuses politics and technology in powerful prose, an activist whose ideas represent a global generation which has only known struggle against a failing system, a public intellectual with the rare courage to offer personal, painful honesty, Alaa’s written voice came to symbolize much of what was fresh, inspiring and revolutionary about the uprisings that have defined the last decade. Collected here for the first time in English are a selection of his essays, social media posts and interviews from 2011 until the present. He has spent the majority of those years in prison, where many of these pieces were written. Together, they present not only a unique account from the frontline of a decade of global upheaval, but a catalogue of ideas about other futures those upheavals could yet reveal. From theories on technology and history to profound reflections on the meaning of prison, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated is a book about the importance of ideas, whatever their cost.
 
Sanaa Seif is an Egyptian filmmaker, producer, and political activist. She has been imprisoned three times under the Sisi regime for her activism. Most recently from the summer of 2020 until December 2021, when she was abducted by security forces after trying to get a letter in to her brother in prison. Hundreds of cultural figures and dozens of institutions campaigned for her release. She was released in December and will travel to the US to promote her imprisoned brother, Alaa Abd el-Fattah's, newly published book, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated.

Sharif Abdel Ko​uddous is an independent journalist based in Cairo. For eight years he worked as a producer and correspondent for the TV/radio news hour Democracy Now! In 2011, he returned to Egypt to cover the revolution. Since then, he has reported for a number of print and broadcast outlets from across the region, including Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere. He received an Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media for his coverage of the Egyptian revolution and an Emmy award for his coverage of the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban. He is currently an editor and reporter at Mada Masr, Egypt's leading independent media outlet.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the conversation between Sanaa Seif (Alaa's sister) and Sharif Abdel Ko​uddous, and some of the questions and answers that followed.
 
You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Book Events in the USA

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 3, 2022    (Episode # 1,007)

     
Topics:

 

1st Segment: Arab-American Heritage Month & AAEF Center for Arab Studies at UH - Interview with Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a program from Sprouts Radio, produced by Arab Voices. Sprouts is a radio program that features community stories from the grassroots and airs nationally on over 100 radio stations in the USA and Europe. In this episode of Sprouts, we talk about the Arab-American Heritage Month and the contributions of Arab-Americans to the American Society. We also highlight (as a recent major Arab-American contribution to the American Society & Globally) the newly created Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston in an interview with
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Remarks at two Major Protests held in Houston Denouncing the Ongoing Israeli Atrocities and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
     
We will air some of the remarks delivered at two recent protests held in Houston, Texas, and attended by hundreds to condemn the ongoing Israeli crimes, atrocities, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
 
The first protest was held on April 23, 2022, in the Galleria area, at one of the busiest intersections in the city, and the second one was held on April 29, 2022, in front of the Israeli Consulate in Houston on the International Day of Al-Quds, which is held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 26, 2022    (Episode # 1,006)

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, for a special Pacifica Radio Archives National Fund Drive that aired on all Pacifica stations in the U.S.
 
The Early History of the Arab-American Community
Although Arab Voices was preempted, a program was submitted for syndication on the other radio stations that air Arab Voices weekly, and I selected to re-air (during the Arab-American Heritage Month) a lecture titled "The Early History of the Arab-American Community" by Professor
Akram Khater, University Faculty Scholar, author, Professor of History, and Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University. He delivered that lecture on February 19, 2019, at the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
You can listen to that lecture here.
   
             

 
          

Date:

April 19, 2022    (Episode # 1,005)

     
Guest:

Taher Herzallah
 
Taher Herzallah is the Associate Director of Outreach & Community Organizing for the American Muslims for Palestine organization. He is one of the 'Irvine 11,' a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by the Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. He was also one of six people arrested for protesting the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February 2017. He has had articles published in various media outlets including the Orange County Register and Al Jazeera English, and has been featured on several media and radio interviews throughout the US and internationally. Taher Herzallah studied Political Science and International Affairs at UC Riverside.
    

   
Topic: 

We will speak with Taher about the ongoing Israeli attacks and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, what’s happening in occupied Jerusalem at Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, what’s happening in the occupied West Bank, home demolitions, Israeli colonies, the ongoing blockade on the Gaza Strip, the hypocrisy and double standard of western governments and media outlets coverage of the crisis in Ukraine vs. the crisis in occupied Palestine, the US foreign policy, what people can do in the US, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 12, 2022    (Episode # 1,004)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Houston Iftar 2022 Remarks
     
On April 10, 2022, nearly 2,000 people attended the Annual Houston Iftar (Ramadan Dinner) with the Mayor of Houston. It was one of the largest Iftar dinners in North America. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a few of the remarks delivered at that event, including the remarks of the keynote speaker, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, Nasruddin Rupani, honorary chair of Houston Iftar 2022, and chairman of Ibn Sina Foundation, MJ Khan, a member of the Houston Iftar organizing committee, former President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and former Houston City Council member (the first Muslim-American council member), Ayman Kabire, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and Congressman Al Green.

   

   
 

2nd Segment: H. RES. 1090: “Recognizing Islam as one of the great religions of the world"
     
Congressman Al Green introduced House Resolution 1090 in August 2020, recognizing Islam as one of the great religions of the world. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered by Congressman Al Green at the U.S. House of Representatives, presenting that resolution. We will also air the remarks of Congressman André Carson speaking about Islam and Muslims at the U.S. House of Representatives in support of Congressman Al Green’s resolution.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 5, 2022    (Episode # 1,003)

     
Topic:

Protecting Palestinian Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society Organizations: Israel’s Baseless Designation of the 6
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at a special panel discussion held on March 15, 2022, in parallel to the 49th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council titled: ‘Protecting Palestinian Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society Organizations: Israel’s Baseless Designation of the 6.’
 
The event was organized by Al-Haq organization in Palestine and co-sponsored by many other organizations. The panel included
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Moayyad Bsharat, Lobbying and Advocacy Department Director of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and Sahar Francis, General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. The moderator for the panel discussion was Maha Abdallah, International Advocacy Officer at Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.
 
In October 2021, we aired a program on this show about the classification of the six world-renowned Palestinian non-governmental civil society organizations (Addameer, Al-Haq, Defense for Children International-Palestine, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees) as "terrorist organizations", by the Apartheid state of Israel. The outrageous classification generated calls from across the world for Israel to rescind its decision.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 29, 2022    (Episode # 1,002)

     
Topic:

Launch of The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies (AAEF-CAS) at the University of Houston
 

On March 24, 2022, the Arab-American Educational Foundation and the University of Houston hosted a special dinner and reception to celebrate the launch of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies (AAEF-CAS) at the University of Houston. The event was attended by many supporters and elected officials, and included several distinguished speakers. Dr. Hashem El-Serag was the event's MC.
 

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at that event, including the remarks of
Dr. Daniel O'Connor, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston, Dr. Aziz Shaibani, President of the Arab-American Educational Foundation, Dr. Nancy Young, Chair of the Department of History at the University of Houston, and Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston. We will also listen to the proclamation issued by the Mayor of the City of Houston, Sylvester Turner, read by City of Houston Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, declaring March 24, 2022, as "Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies Day", as well as some of the remarks delivered by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
 
The Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston is the only academic center in Texas, and one of two in the United States, solely focusing on the Arab region. The AAEF-CAS is based at the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and houses two major endowed positions: The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and The Arab-American Educational Foundation Dr. Burhan and Mrs. Misako Ajouz Endowed Professorship in Arab Studies.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 22, 2022    (Episode # 1,001)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Dr. Suad Amiry (part 2 of 2)
 

Last week on Arab Voices, we aired part 1 (archived at www.ArabVoices.net) of the interview Arab Voices guest host Hanan Awad conducted with Dr. Suad Amiry, an award-winning Palestinian architect, writer, community leader, and founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air part 2 of that interview, in which Hanan continues to explore with Suad her journey as a Palestinian architect, writer, and community leader.
    
Dr. Suad Amiry was born in Damascus, Syria, and grew up between Amman, Damascus, Beirut, and Cairo. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and finished her graduate and Ph.D. studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is the founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine, for which she received numerous architectural awards amongst them was the prestigious "Aga Khan Award for Architecture" in 2013 as well as the 2007 Qattan Distinction Award. Personally, Amiry has won many awards such as the Tamayouz Excellence Award, Woman in Architecture and Construction in 2018.
 
Dr. Amiry has written extensively on architecture and authored several books, including My Damascus and Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, which was awarded Italy's Viareggio-Versilia Prize in 2004 and was translated into 20 languages.
 
Dr. Amiry taught architecture at Columbia University, Birzeit University, and the University of Jordan. She also participated in the 1991-1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington, D.C.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: The victorious battle for the 1st Amendment against Virginia's anti-boycott bill by Paul Noursi
 
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The 2022 Transcending the Israel lobby at Home & Abroad conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the talk delivered by
Paul Noursi, an activist with the Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR) since its founding in 2016. He is also active with several other organizations working for peace and justice in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, the New Dominion PAC, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Arab American Democratic Caucus of Virginia. He was also a Barack Obama Delegate to the Virginia State Convention in 2008, a Bernie Sanders Delegate to the Virginia State Convention in 2016 and 2020, and he has served on various Get-Out-the Vote and Democratic campaigns.
 
Noursi has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, including Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. He has a BS in Civil Engineering, an MS in Engineering Management, and is a licensed and practicing civil engineer with wide-ranging experience in land development and public works in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 15, 2022    (Episode # 1,000)

     
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1st Segment: National Day of Action: Protest U.S. Support for the War in Yemen
     
On March 5, 2022, over 80 organizations from across the US, coordinated and held a national day of action to protest U.S. complicity in the war on Yemen, and called for an end to that disastrous war. Demonstrators from all around the nation also convened at the offices of congressional delegations with a united message “Introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution Now!” They also urged everyone to call 1-833-STOP-WAR (www.1833StopWar.com) and demand an immediate end to U.S. participation in the war.
   
One of the rallies was held in Oakland, California, with many speakers participating. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at that rally by Neda Saleh Aldabyani, activist and one of the event’s organizers, Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies, and is affiliated with the Middle East/South Asia Studies program and with the Cultural Studies Graduate Group at UC Davis, Jack with ANSWER Coalition, Eleanor Levine with CODEPINK, Ali with Yemen Freedom Council, and Sharif Zakout, with the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC).

    

   
 

2nd Segment: Interview with Dr. Suad Amiry (part 1 of 2)
 

Hanan Awad, a regular guest host on Arab Voices, interviewed Dr. Suad Amiry, an award-winning Palestinian architect, writer, community leader, and founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine. In this interview, Hanan explores with Suad her journey as a Palestinian architect, writer, and community leader.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air part 1 of that interview, and next week, we will air part 2.
 
Dr. Suad Amiry was born in Damascus, Syria, and grew up between Amman, Damascus, Beirut, and Cairo. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and finished her graduate and Ph.D. studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is the founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine, for which she received numerous architectural awards amongst them was the prestigious "Aga Khan Award for Architecture" in 2013 as well as the 2007 Qattan Distinction Award. Personally, Amiry has won many awards including the Tamayouz Excellence Award, Women in Architecture and Construction in 2018, and most recently the lifetime achievement award from TAKREEM in Lebanon.
 
Dr. Amiry has written extensively on architecture and authored several books, including My Damascus and Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, which was awarded Italy's Viareggio-Versilia Prize in 2004 and was translated into 20 languages.
 
Dr. Amiry taught architecture at Columbia University, Birzeit University, and the University of Jordan. She also participated in the 1991-1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington, D.C.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 8, 2022    (Episode # 999)

     
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1st Segment: Double Standards, Hypocrisy & Racism in Media Coverage and Politicians' Stand Over Ukraine
     
During the first segment of this episode of Arab Voices,
we will talk about the double standards and hypocrisy in media coverage and politicians’ stand when it comes to the Ukrainian/Russian crisis, and the never-ending crisis after crisis of invasions, occupations, and wars on countries in the Middle East including Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Palestine.
 
We will also air the remarks delivered by
Richard Boyd Barrett, Member of the Irish Parliament, on the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, including the recent report of Amnesty International, and on the double standards on Ukraine and Palestine. He delivered those remarks on March 2, 2022, at the Irish Parliament.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: "The Israel lobby's attacks on freedom of speech and successful legal challenges" by Radhika Sainath
     
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the talk delivered by
Radhika Sainath on the topic "The Israel lobby's attacks on freedom of speech and successful legal challenges". In her talk, Radhika analyzed events on college campuses and elsewhere that constitute an assault on free speech and exercise a chilling effect on students, professors, and others who attempt to discuss or organize against Israeli apartheid and other forms of repression. She explained —and how often—Palestine Legal responds to the campaign against freedom of speech that is being waged throughout the United States.
 
Radhika Sainath is a senior staff attorney at Palestine Legal. Her writing has appeared in Jacobin, The Nation and Huffington Post. She's working on her first novel, set in Palestine during the Second Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 1, 2022

     
Topic:

Richard Wolff and Gerald Horne: After Three Decades of NATO Menacing its Border, Russia Draws a Line and Pushes Back in Ukraine... What's Next... Follow the Money... Plus Headlines
     
Today on Arab Voices, we will air a recent episode from the award-winning, weekly hour “On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation's Capital”, on the Ukrainian/Russian crisis, and guests take on the US behavior in this crisis, given the history of the US invading, occupying, and supporting aggressions against other countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, and Palestine.
 
Esther Iverem, producer and host of “On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation's Capital” speaks with two distinguished guests during the February 25, 2022 episode about the Ukrainian/Russian Crisis:
 
Professor Richard D. Wolff, economist, author, visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City, and host of the weekly show, Economic Update, and Professor Gerald Horne, the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, and author of several publications. We will also hear remarks from Leela Anand, the Southern Regional Coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 22, 2022

     
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New Evidence Showing Anti-Muslim Hate Group Used Paid ‘Spies’ to Surveil Prominent Muslim Leaders & Groups for More Than a Decade
   
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will share with you the information released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), detailing new evidence showing the anti-Muslim hate group IPT working with the Israeli government, spent more than a decade and hundreds of thousands of dollars to surveil and spy on prominent Muslim organizations and leaders, including then-Rep. Keith Ellison.
 
CAIR revealed the new spying evidence during a press conference held on January 12, 2022, at which Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Attorney and National Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Nihad Awad, Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, participated.
  
CAIR also revealed that two individuals, a former IPT staffer and a Muslim who worked as a spy for IPT, have come forward to confess, apologized for their involvement, and provided detailed information about the hate group’s activities and motivations.
   
On December 21, 2021, Arab Voices aired a segment on how the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) uncovered and disrupted a hate group’s effort to infiltrate and spy on over a dozen mosques and Muslim American organizations. That anti-Muslim hate group is the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), led by Steven Emerson, a far-right extremist who has been described as an anti-Muslim activist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. CAIR had revealed that IPT has been collaborating with Israeli intelligence to spy on US organizations. CAIR’s investigation at that time revealed that the executive and legal director of its Ohio Chapter, Romin Iqbal, had been secretly working with IPT, secretly sharing confidential information about CAIR’s civil rights work, strategic plans, and private emails.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 15, 2022

     
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Steve Sabella on Art, Exile and Palestinian Identity
     

In this episode, Arab Voices guest host Hanan Awad interviews Steve Sabella on Art, Exile and Palestinian Identity.
 
Steve Sabella is an award-winning Palestinian artist and writer (born in Jerusalem, Palestine), and is well-known as the author of the award-winning memoir, The Parachute Paradox (2016) tackling the colonization of the imagination. The book won the 2017 Eric Hoffer Award and the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards for best memoir. In addition, Sabella has published several academic essays that deal with the concept of exile and identity. His research focuses on the genealogy and archaeology of the image. Sabella is an international artist that uses photography and photographic installations as his primary forms of expression. He has had many exhibits throughout Palestine as well as internationally, most notably through the collections of the British Museum in London, the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Arab World Institute in Paris, and the Contemporary Art Platform.
 
Hanan Awad is a Palestinian American street photographer, whose photos have been exhibited around the world. Here photos capture the tragedy of the physical and cultural forced displacement of Palestinians and narrate their resilience and resistance against the colonialist occupation of Palestine.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 8, 2022

     
Topic:

The War in Yemen: One Year into the Biden Administration
  

Demand Progress, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, co-sponsored a panel discussion on February 4, 2022, on "The War in Yemen: One Year into the Biden Administration". 
 
The event featured Hassan El-Tayyab with Friends Committee on National Legislation (moderator), Dr. Aisha Jumaan with Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, Bruce Riedel with the Brookings Institution, Dr. Annelle Sheline with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and Dr. Marcus Stanley with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. The panelists offered updates on the war and blockade on Yemen, the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and the US's role; highlighted stories from the ground in Yemen; analyzed the Biden administration’s policies over the past year; and offered perspectives on what role Congress can play in ending U.S. involvement in the war and blockade.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that panel discussion. To view the entire event and listen to the the Question and Answer session that followed the remarks, click here.
   
Event Description:
One year after the Biden administration announced an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen, critical forms of U.S. military support remain, including ongoing spare parts transfers and maintenance for Saudi warplanes. As the war approaches the seven-year mark, the conflict continues to escalate and Yemeni civilians suffer the consequences. This event will offer reflections on the Biden administration’s Yemen approach over the past year and discuss steps Congress can take to resolve the crisis.

Our conversation comes at a desperate moment with roughly 16.2 million Yemenis at risk of famine. The UN warned in March 2021 that 400,000 children under the age of 5 would perish from severe acute malnutrition without urgent action. Despite growing pressure from lawmakers, civil society, and Yemeni-American activists against the Saudi blockade of Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition only allowed 5% of Yemen's fuel needs into its Red Sea ports in December and conducted multiple airstrikes on Sana’a Airport, closing the runway to UN-aid flights. The lack of fuel has driven the price of food and water beyond the reach of many Yemenis, exacerbating malnutrition and starvation. Over 15,000 Yemeni civilians were displaced by the conflict in December, and over 350 civilians were killed directly by the conflict.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 1, 2022

     
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1st Segment: Federal Judge Blocks the State of Texas from Enforcing its anti-BDS Law against a Texas Businessman
  

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at a press conference held on January 31, 2022, by the Council on American Islamic Relations after a federal judge ruled on January 28, 2022, that Texas Anti-BDS Law Violates Free Speech Rights. We will air the remarks of
CAIR Attorney and National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, Chairman of CAIR Texas-Houston John Floyd, and Director of Operations at CAIR-Houston William White.
 
The Judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Council on American Islamic Relations on behalf of the owner of A&R Engineering and Testing firm, Rasmy Hassouna, who has done more than two million dollars of business with the City of Houston over the last 20 years, but was unable to renew the contract with the city of Houston because he refused to sign the state imposed oath not to boycott Israel.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: New Report by Amnesty International: “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel system of domination and crime against humanity”
  

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization focused on human rights, with more than 10 million members and supporters around the world, released a new report on February 1, 2022, labeling Israel an Apartheid State. The 280-page report is titled “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel system of domination and crime against humanity”.
  
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about that newly released report, and air an audio statement from Amnesty International that was released with the new report.
 
This is not the first time a prominent and internationally recognized non-governmental organization issues such a report labeling Israel an Apartheid State. In 2021, two other reported were published by Human Rights Watch titled "A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution", and another report released by the Israeli Human Rights group B’tselem documented Israeli Apartheid against Palestinians in its report "A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is Apartheid".
 

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 25, 2022

     
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1st Segment: 2nd Arab Bazaar - Interview with Bashira Idelbe
  

We will speak with Bashira Idelbe, board member and events director with the Palestinian American Cultural Center in Houston, Texas, about the upcoming 2nd Arab Bazaar scheduled to be held on February 12, 2022, at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC), 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, Texas 77099.
    
Discover and Support Arab-owned businesses showcasing their products to Houstonians and strengthen the Arab community in Houston.
 
The 2nd Arab Bazaar is co-hosted by the Palestinian American Cultural Center and the Arab American Cultural & Community Center.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Protests Against the Israeli Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and the Saudi-led War in Yemen
  

We will talk about the ongoing Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the ongoing home demolitions in occupied Jerusalem and other occupied Palestinian cities, and the forced displacement of Palestinians from their land.
 
We will air some of the remarks delivered at a recent Houston and New York protests to stand with the residents of occupied Palestine (two protests amongst dozens held in different cities in the US and around the world recently). The protesters also called for an end to the US-supported Saudi-led war on Yemen. We will air remarks delivered by representatives from Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, Palestinian Youth Movement, Palestinian American Council, Malaya Movement Texas, Jewish Voice for Peace, Texas People's Party, Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and other individuals.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 18, 2022

     
Topic:

Award Winning Pacifica Documentary: I Have A Dream
  

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will air the award winning Pacifica Radio documentary, I Have A Dream, produced 3 days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was one of the greatest civil rights leaders.
 
In 2013, Pacifica Radio commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Civil Rights, by airing a unique recording from Pacifica Radio historic collection, I Have A Dream documentary. Pacifica Radio special also featured a conversation with Dr. Clayborne Carson, Stanford University Professor and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the 2013 Pacifica Radio special, which included the award winning documentary, I Have A Dream.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 11, 2022

     
Topic:

"Path of Love in Islam: Rumi and His Ancestors" by Dr. Omid Safi
  

The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston hosted an online lecture on November 23, 2021, titled “Path of Love in Islam: Rumi and His Ancestors”, by Dr. Omid Safi.
  
Omid Safi is a Professor of Sufism and contemporary Islam at Duke University. His most recent book on Persian Sufism is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, which was published by Yale University Press. He has two forthcoming books on Rumi and Kharaqani. Omid leads spiritually oriented tours to Turkey and Morocco through Illuminated Tours, and teaches courses online on subjects ranging from Rumi and Sufism through Illuminated Courses.
  
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air that lecture.
  
The event also featured thoughts and commentary on the lecture by Dr. Emran El-Badawi, Chair of the Modern and Classical Languages department, and program director and associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston, followed by a question and answer session, and you can watch the entire event here.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 4, 2022

     
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1st Segment: Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Speech at Palestine Rally
  

The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, passed away on December 26, 2021, at the age of 90. Not only did Desmond Tutu speak against white nationalist Apartheid system in South Africa, but he also spoke loudly against the Israeli occupation and apartheid, and he supported Palestinian human rights. Tutu also called for a global boycott of "Israel" and urged the Episcopal Church not to invest in firms that support the Israeli occupation. Tutu once said "I have been to the Occupied Palestinian territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid". He also spoke against the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. In 1984, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air one of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s speeches delivered at a rally for Palestine held in South Africa in 2014.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Holding South Africa, But Not Israel, Accountable
  

We will also air a talk by John Dugard, titled “Holding South Africa, But Not Israel, Accountable”. John Dugard is a South African Professor of international law and an outspoken critic of apartheid. He became a member of the U.N.’s International Law Commission in 1997. From 2000 to 2018 he served as Judge ad hoc in the International Court of Justice, and from 2001 to 2008 he was the U.N. Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories. He has written several books on apartheid, human rights and international law. His memoir, Confronting Apartheid: A Personal History of South Africa, Namibia and Palestine, was published in 2018.
 
Professor John Dugard delivered his talk on “Holding South Africa, But Not Israel, Accountable” in April 2021, at the annual conference held to discuss Israel, its US Lobby and apartheid, sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

   
             
   

 
  
 
   

 

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