Arab Voices Archives for 2018 (click on the date to listen to any of the shows)

 
          

Date:

July 18, 2018

     
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Live from Freedom Flotilla (in Sicily)
We continue our weekly live update from Freedom Flotilla (in Europe, sailing to Gaza soon) and talk about the "Just Future For Palestine (JFP) Flotilla campaign". The Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the JFP Flotilla include: Ship to Gaza-Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla-Italy, Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa, Rumbo a Gaza-Spain, Ship to Gaza Sweden, International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, Kia Ora Gaza – New Zealand/Aotearoa, MyCARE Malaysia, IHH Turkey, National Collective for Palestine and Platform of NGOs for Palestine in France, and Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia. Freedom Flotilla is currently visiting several European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza.
 
Today, we will speak live with
David Heap with Freedom Flotilla, currently in Palermo, Sicily.
            
 


 Summer Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

July 11, 2018

     
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Live from Freedom Flotilla (in Naples)
We continue our weekly live update from Freedom Flotilla, currently in Europe, and talk about the "Just Future For Palestine (JFP) Flotilla campaign". The Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the JFP Flotilla include: Ship to Gaza-Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla-Italy, Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa, Rumbo a Gaza-Spain, Ship to Gaza Sweden, International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, Kia Ora Gaza – New Zealand/Aotearoa, MyCARE Malaysia, IHH Turkey, National Collective for Palestine and Platform of NGOs for Palestine in France, and Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia. Freedom Flotilla is currently visiting several European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza.
 
Today, we will speak live with
Divina Levrini and Dr. Kristian Svenberg, on board Freedom Flotilla, currently in Naples, Italy.
           
 


 Summer Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

July 4, 2018

     
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1st Segment: Live from Freedom Flotilla (in Italy)
We continue our weekly live update from Freedom Flotilla, currently in Europe, and talk about the "Just Future For Palestine (JFP) Flotilla campaign". The Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the JFP Flotilla include: Ship to Gaza-Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla-Italy, Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa, Rumbo a Gaza-Spain, Ship to Gaza Sweden, International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, Kia Ora Gaza – New Zealand/Aotearoa, MyCARE Malaysia, IHH Turkey, National Collective for Palestine and Platform of NGOs for Palestine in France, and Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia. Freedom Flotilla is currently visiting several European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza.
 
Today, we will speak live with
Karen Devito and John Turnbull, on board Freedom Flotilla, currently in the port of Cagliari, the capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia.
           

   
 

2nd Segment: Alex McDonald
An Internet marketer and business consultant from Houston, Texas. He visited the occupied West Bank and Israel in May 2017 with an interfaith peace group. As a Quaker, the testimonies of Peace, Integrity and Equality have drawn him even more into the Palestinian issue and the need to open up discussions on the topic in our communities. As an American, he is very concerned about the active role his country has in oppressing the Palestinian people and supporting the violation of human rights. In June 2018 he was part of the ground crew for the 2018 Freedom Flotilla for the Norwegian fishing boat Al Awda (The Return) in La Rochelle, France and was a crew member for one week in Northern France onboard the Mairead.
 
We will speak live with Alex, who just returned to Houston from Europe, about his experience over the past month with Freedom Flotilla, and also his experience in Occupied Palestine. You can read Alex McDonald's recent Op-Ed "Police in Paris Prevent Two Gaza-Bound Boats from Stopping -- Challenges of Support for 2018 Boats to Gaza" here.
     

   
 

3rd Segment: Arsalan Safiullah
Staff Attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas Houston). He earned his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal and holds a Master of Biotechnology (M.Biot.) and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Texas A&M University. In his current position, Arsalan focuses on employment discrimination, civil liberties issues, hate crimes, and know your rights community education.
 
We will speak live with Arsalan about last week's U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's Arab and Muslim Ban.

   
           

 
          

Date:

June 27, 2018

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, June 27, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Danny Bible.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
   
           

 
          

Date:

June 20, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Live from Freedom Flotilla (in Portugal)
We continue our weekly live updates from Freedom Flotilla, currently in Europe, and talk about the "Just Future For Palestine (JFP) Flotilla campaign". The Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the JFP Flotilla include: Ship to Gaza-Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla-Italy, Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa, Rumbo a Gaza-Spain, Ship to Gaza Sweden, International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, Kia Ora Gaza – New Zealand/Aotearoa, MyCARE Malaysia, IHH Turkey, National Collective for Palestine and Platform of NGOs for Palestine in France, and Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia. Freedom Flotilla is currently visiting several European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza.
 
Today, we will speak live with
Awni Farhat and Youssef Sammour, two Palestinians on board Freedom Flotilla, currently in the port of Lisbon, Portugal.
        

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi
A Harvard University graduate who will soon begin a position as an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University. Having lived through two civil wars in her country of birth, Yemen, she has played an active role in raising awareness about the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war on Yemen since 2015. Through her work, she aims to encourage political action among fellow Americans to bring about an end to the U.S. intervention in Yemen.
 
We will speak live with Dr. Al-Adeimi about the catastrophic and dire situation in Yemen as a result of the U.S.-supported Saudi-led war on Yemen, the refugee crisis this war has created (today, June 20 is World Refugee Day), and the recent deadly attack on Yemen’s port city of Al-Hudaydah.

   
           

 
          

Date:

June 13, 2018

     
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Topics:

1st Segment: Live from Freedom Flotilla (in France)
We will continue our weekly live updates from Freedom Flotilla, currently in Europe, and talk about the "Just Future For Palestine (JFP) Flotilla campaign". We will speak with
David Heap and Alex McDonald (both in France) about the Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the JFP Flotilla, which inlcude: Ship to Gaza-Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla-Italy, Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa, Rumbo a Gaza-Spain, Ship to Gaza Sweden, International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, Kia Ora Gaza – New Zealand/Aotearoa, MyCARE Malaysia, IHH Turkey, National Collective for Palestine and Platform of NGOs for Palestine in France, and Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia. Freedom Flotilla is currently visiting several European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: International Day of Al-Quds
We will listen to a few of the remarks that were delivered at the International Day of Al-Quds rally that was held in front of the Consulate General of Israel in Houston on June 8, 2018. There were many remarks delivered during the rally, and we will air today the remarks of Muslim Scholar Syed Farhat Abbas with the Islamic Education Center in Houston, Dr. Qamber Jafri, and Izzah Ali.
   

   
 

3rd Segment: Dalia Al-Najjar (in Turkey)
We will speak with Dalia Al-Najjar, the cousin of Razan Al-Najjar, the 21-year-old Palestinian medic who was shot and killed in Gaza by the Israeli occupation forces on June 1, 2018 while trying to treat injured Palestinians who were shot by the Israeli occupation forces as they continued their Great March of Return protests in Gaza that started on March 30, 2018 (since that date, Israel shot and killed more than 130 Palestinians, including children, women, journalists and medical personnel, and nearly 15,000 were wounded). We will speak with Dalia Al-Najjar about her cousin Razan Al-Najjar, and the dire situation in Gaza.

   
           

 
          

Date:

June 6, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Live from Freedom Flotilla (in Europe)
We will speak live with the captain of "Freedom", Jens Marklund from Sweden who is currently in the U.K. We will get an update on the latest with Freedom Flotilla, currently visiting several European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza, and talk about the "Just Future For Palestine (JFP) Flotilla campaign". The Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the JFP Flotilla include: Ship to Gaza-Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla-Italy, Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa, Rumbo a Gaza-Spain, Ship to Gaza Sweden, International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, Kia Ora Gaza – New Zealand/Aotearoa, MyCARE Malaysia, IHH Turkey, National Collective for Palestine and Platform of NGOs for Palestine in France, and Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Ramzy Baroud
US-Arab journalist, media consultant, an author, internationally-syndicated columnist, Editor of Palestine Chronicle, former Managing Editor of London-based Middle East Eye, former Editor-in-Chief of The Brunei Times, former Deputy Managing Editor of Al Jazeera online. He taught mass communication at Australia’s Curtin University of Technology, Malaysia Campus. Baroud also served as head of Aljazeera.net English’s Research and Studies department. He is the author of four books and a contributor to many others; his latest volume is The Last Earth, a Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, London, 2018). His books are translated to several languages including French, Turkish, Arabic, Korean, among others. Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter (2015) and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.
 
We will speak live with
Dr. Baroud about the ongoing crisis in occupied Palestine, the murder of Razan Al-Najjar, a 21-year-old Palestinian medic who was shot and killed in Gaza by the Israeli occupation forces on June 1, 2018 while trying to treat and evacuate injured Palestinians who were also shot by the Israeli occupation forces as they continued their Great March of Return protests in Gaza that started on March 30, 2018. Since that date, Israel shot and killed more than 130 Palestinians, including children, women, journalists and medical personnel, and injured more than 13,000! Earlier today, June 6, 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot and killed 21-year-old Izz Tamimi in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 30, 2018

     
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Topics:

1st Segment: Robert Naiman (in Amsterdam)
Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. He wrote the Syria chapter in The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire. He is president of the board of Truthout. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East.
 
We will speak with Robert who just arrived in Amsterdam on board the Freedom Flotilla ship Al Awda (The Return), together with Ship to Gaza Sweden vessels Hurriya (Freedom), Falestine (Palestine) and Mairead (named for Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire who previously sailed against the blockade) that are visiting several European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza.

             
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Rahul Saksena
Staff attorney with Palestine Legal. His work focuses on legislative issues, advocacy for activists whose rights are under attack, public education, and building Palestine Legal’s network of legal and other advocates. Prior to joining Palestine Legal, Rahul was the Legislative Director for a member of the New York City Council, and also served as Legislative Counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union. Rahul holds a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University, and BA’s in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. He is based in Palestine Legal's New York and Chicago offices and is admitted to the New York State bar.
  
We will speak with Rahul about his first-hand eyewitness account of what he saw and experienced during his visit to occupied Palestine earlier this month along with several human rights defenders, lawyers and social justice advocates from various movements known as the Justice Delegation. Before boarding his flight back to the U.S., Israel confiscated his journal where he kept notes from his trip. We will also speak with Rahul about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, why 25 states in the U.S. already enacted anti-BDS laws and 12 more are pending and/or have introduced legislation (in some states, activists successfully defeated anti-BDS legislation), and the reintroduction of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (ASAA) last week in the U.S. Congress (a federal bill aimed at censoring Palestine advocacy on college campuses in violation of the first amendment), what you can do to stop ASAA bill from passing, and why protecting the civil and constitutional rights of people in the U.S. who speak out for Palestinian freedom is very important.

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 23, 2018

     
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Topics:

1st Segment: Nikki Haley's Speech Disruption at UH; Reactions to Gaza's Massacre & 70 Years of Nakba
Coverage of the disruption of Nikki Haley's (U.S. Ambassador to the U.N
.) speech at the University of Houston on May 22, 2018 by students in protest for her stand towards the massacre in Gaza (several groups at UH had called on the university to cancel Haley's talk who said at the UN Security Council last week "no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has" despite Israel's killing of more than 112 Palestinians and injuring more than 13,000 in 2 months!!!). We will also listen to some of the remarks as well as a poem by Tala and spoken words by Dana delivered at the rally that was held in Houston on May 15, 2018 to protest Israel's massacre in Gaza and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba.
             
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Josh Ruebner
Policy Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. He holds a graduate degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Ruebner’s analysis and commentary on U.S. policy toward the Middle East appear frequently in media such as NBC, ABC Nightline, C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, Middle East Report, and more. He is the author of "Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace".
    
We will speak live with Josh about the ongoing Palestinian Nakba, the ongoing Israeli massacre in Gaza, the PLO’s referral to the ICC Chief Prosecutor on Israeli crimes, President’s Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and more.

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 16, 2018

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, May 16, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Juan Castillo.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
   
      

 
          

Date:

May 9, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Hiba Elroz
We will speak live with Hiba Elroz, m
edia chair with the Lebanese Festival Committee, about the 4th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival that will be held Saturday through Sunday, May 12-13 at Constellation Field, in Sugar Land, Texas, organized and hosted by the American Lebanese Cultural Center (ALCC) in Houston. 
  
The festival will be an amazing cultural experience with new activities, new designs, and new ways for everyone to have a wonderful time! You will enjoy the ultimate cultural immersion and travel to the country of Lebanon. There will be entertainment, food, different activities, great festivities, enjoyable atmosphere for both adults and children, door prizes, music, folkloric dances, performances, and much more.
          
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Gareth Porter
Independent investigative journalist, historian, and policy analyst specializing in U.S. national security policy. He has written several books about the potential for peaceful conflict resolution in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, including Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Porter has reported extensively on Middle East conflicts including Syria. Porter's analysis and reporting have appeared in academic journals, news publications, and periodicals for four decades, and in 2012 he was the winner of the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. He recently wrote the piece "The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign" and just signed the statement "Trump Urged Not to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal" which states: "The evidence presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 30 alleging a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program shows blatant signs of fabrication.
  
We will speak live with Gareth about President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 2, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Khalil AbuSharekh
We will speak live with Houston Palestine Film Festival's Pr
esident, Khalil AbuSharekh, about the 12th annual Houston Palestine Film Festival (HPFF). This year, HPFF will showcase a number of award-winning and internationally acclaimed feature films, documentaries and shorts that address a variety of themes and narratives in Palestinian society. The festival will be held May 5 through May 13 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Rice University Media Center. Click here for more details and Program Lineup.
        
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Col. Ann Wright
Retired U.S. Army Colonel and U.S. State Department official/diplomat, a long-time activist, and an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. She was one of three State Department officials who resigned in 2003 in protest over the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Col. Wright won the State Department Award for Heroism for her assistance in helping thousands of refugees escape the civil war in Sierra Leone. A deeply committed peace and justice activist, Ann has traveled to Gaza seven times, helped organize the Gaza Freedom March in 2009, was a passenger on the Challenge 1 in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, was an organizer for the 2011 U.S. Boat to Gaza, was a boat leader on the 2015 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and was an organizer and boat leader for the 2016 Women’s Boat to Gaza carrying Humanitarian aid and construction materials to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Ann was on-board the Zaytouna-Oliva boat, that was hijacked in international waters by the Israeli military on October 5, 2016 a few miles of the coast of Gaza, and all 13 women on board, including Ann Wright, were kidnapped by force by the Israeli military and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod. In addition, Ann was an organizer for Gaza’s Ark.
 
We will speak live with Col. Wright about the dire situation in Gaza as a result of the Israeli ongoing blockade and strangulation, the
Great March of Return, the efforts to challenge Israel’s occupation and blockade, and the plans for the 75-day voyage of 4 boats beginning May 15 in Scandinavia and end in Gaza at the end of July. As a part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla coalition, the U.S. campaign joins other national campaigns in Australia, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Turkey to purchase boat(s) to sail to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza in the summer of 2018.
  
** NOTE: Col. Ann Wright will be in Houston on Thursday, May 3, 2018 to speak more on Gaza's increasingly deteriorating conditions and hear how a broad coalition of activists, academics, veterans, and Palestine solidarity organizers plan to break the siege in this summer's upcoming Gaza Freedom Flotilla and to draw attention to the inhumane conditions Israeli Occupation and blockades imposes on Palestinians. Click here for more details.

   
           

 
          

Date:

April 25, 2018

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, April 25, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Erick Davila.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
   
      

 
          

Date:

April 18, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Noor Harazeen (in Gaza)
Palestinian journalist, freelance film producer, and TV correspondent for TeleSUR and CGTN, based in Gaza city, occupied Palestine. Will speak with Noor about the horrific situation in the Gaza Strip, the killing of 33 Palestinians (including children and a journalist) and injury of 4,279 (including 642 children, 243 women, 66 journalists and 44 medical personnel) by the Israeli occupation forces since March 30, 2018. We will talk about the Great March of Return, the effect of the Israeli blockade on the children of Gaza, targeting of journalists and the Israeli killing of Yasser Mortaja, 30 years old Palestinian journalist who was a colleague and a close friend of Noor Harazeen. 
  
While covering the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, Noor Harazeen was almost killed when Israel fired a missile at the clearly marked TV vehicle she was riding in. Moments after she got out of the TV vehicle, it was targeted by Israel, and her driver was killed.
       
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Reese Erlich
A Freelance journalist who began reporting from Syria in 2002, and has covered the Middle East for over 30 years. He writes the syndicated column "Foreign Correspondent", and has authored several books including "Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect", and the best-selling book "Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You". Erlich has produced several major radio documentaries and has won numerous journalism awards.
 
We will speak with Reese about the crisis in Syria and the recent bombing of Syria by the United States, Britain, and France on April 13, 2018. Reese says "The official version of the U.S. missile attack on Syria is already unraveling. The supposed chemical weapons factory bombed by the U.S. didn't leak chemicals. There have been no independent confirmations that the bombed sites had any connection to chemical weapons." Robert Fisk, award-winning journalist with the British Independent, just reported from Douma, Syria that a doctor he interviewed there told him people died from a lack of oxygen in underground tunnels, not chemical weapons.

   
           

 
          

Date:

April 11, 2018

     
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Topics:

 

1st Segment: Mustafaa Carroll
We will speak with Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) about the stabbing and apparent bias-motivated attempted murder of a Muslim woman in Houston last week, April 5, 2018, and the rise of hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S.
    
The 31-year-old victim, who is white and wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), says she was driving home early Thursday morning from her job as a nurse when her vehicle was almost sideswiped by a red SUV. When the victim pulled over and got out of her vehicle to check for damage and to collect herself following that near accident, the attacker made a U-turn and pulled up behind the victim’s vehicle. He then allegedly got out of his SUV and began shouting obscenities and racial and religious slurs such as, “Oh my God, it’s a raghead,” “It’s an f**king raghead,” “sand n**ger” and “desert monkey”. The victim tried to get back in her vehicle, but the passenger side door was locked. At that point the attacker began waving a knife in the victim’s face and then hit her on her shoulder and arms.
     
CAIR-Houston is offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker.
   
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Rami Almeghari (in Gaza)
We will speak with Rami Almeghari, independent journalist and commentator in Gaza, occupied Palestine, about the dire situation in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli siege and strangulation of nearly two million Palestinians (health situation, economy, unemployment, poverty, lack of building materials, borders, etc.), and The Great March of Return where tens of thousands of Palestinians began on March 30, 2018 a major peaceful protest against the ongoing Israeli atrocities and strangulation of Gaza and calling for their right of return, only to be faced with a massacre by the Israeli occupation forces. Since March 30, 2018, at least 30 Palestinian civilians (including children and a journalist) were shot and killed and more than 3,000 were wounded! A new video that went viral on social media, shows Israeli soldiers cheering after shooting unarmed Palestinian youth in Gaza.

   
           

 
          

Date:

April 4, 2018

     
Topics:

 

1st Segment: Dr. Riyad Mansour's Remarks at the UN
Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, and the non-resident Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. He joined the Permanent Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the UN, New York, in 1983 as Deputy Permanent Observer, and has since represented Palestine in several committees and bodies of the UN. Dr. Mansour has published several studies and articles about the Palestinian community in the US, lectured in several American universities, and has participated in numerous international conferences, symposia, seminars and panel debates as a representative of Palestine. He is also a member of senior officials committees of the State of Palestine and the PLO.
 
We will listen today to Ambassador Mansour's remarks delivered at the United Nations Security Council on March 30, 2018 in response to Israel's massacre in Gaza where 17 Palestinian civilians were shot and killed and more than 1400 others were wounded by the Israeli occupation forces!
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Poems from Rafeef Ziadah & Remi Kanazi
The month of April is National Poetry Month, and today on the show we will listen to a few poems on Gaza and Palestine by Rafeef Ziadah, Palestinian spoken word artist and human rights activist based in London, UK. Her performance of poems like ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral within days of its release. Her live readings offer a moving blend of poetry and music. Since releasing her first album, Rafeef has headlined prestigious performance venues across several countries with powerful readings on war, exile, gender and racism. We will also listen to poems from Remi Kanazi, a poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City, and author of the collection of poetry Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine. He is also the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and the editor of Poets For Palestine.
    

   
 

3rd Segment: "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, April 4, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest civil rights leaders, ever!
 
In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will air today on Arab Voices his most famous and historic speech “I have a Dream” calling for racial equality. He delivered that speech on August 28, 1963 during the historic march on Washington, where hundreds of thousands of people marched for civil and economic rights. It was one of the largest demonstrations for human rights in United States' history.

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 28, 2018

     
Topic:

"Digital Humanities of the Underground: The Palestinian Revolution Website" by Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
The Department of History and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Arab Studies at Rice University hosted Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti on October 17, 2017, where he presented his "Digital Humanities of the Underground: The Palestinian Revolution Website" project. Abdel Razzaq Takriti is Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston. He is the author of the award-winning book Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976 (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-author and co-curator of The Palestinian Revolution website learnpalestine.politics.ox.ac.uk (2017).
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti's presentation on the "Digital Humanities of the Underground: The Palestinian Revolution Website".

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 21, 2018

     
Guests/
Topic:

8th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
Live conversation with Houda Jarrah, board member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) and volunteer on the festival committee team, and Mona Fareed, board member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center and chair of the festival committee team about the 8th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival scheduled to be held March 24-25 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston.
   
This year's festival is being held under the theme "We Are Jerusalem, We Are Palestine". It will include folkloric and contemporary music and dance, Palestinians culture and cuisine, traditional fashion show and wedding, grand bazaar, and kids fun zone. The festival will include two nights of performances by international singer Maher Al-Attili and Wessam Aljundi (Abu Batata), as well as Salem Omran, Aladeen Alhayek, DJ Ashraf, and Houston's favorite - Jabour!

 


 Spring Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 14, 2018

     
Guest/
Topic:

Melvin Goodman
Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He was an analyst at the CIA for 24 years; a former analyst at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and author of several books on international security, including "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" and "Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA". His latest book is "Whistleblower at the CIA". Goodman helped draft the report that described Israel’s attack against Egypt on the morning of June 5, 1967.Last year, he published the piece The Six Day War and Israeli Lies: What I Saw at the CIA. Goodman has written numerous articles and op-eds over the years, appeared on various media outlets, and has lectured all over the country. He is also the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.
 
Note that we are offering two of Melvin's books during the show today (see below). 
    
We will speak live with Melvin about Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo (known for his opposition to the Iran deal and his bias against Islam with Islamophobic views and association with an anti-Muslim hate group) to replace Tillerson, and Gina Haspel, CIA Deputy Director (known for her leading role in torture of detainees) as a replacement for Pompeo.
        


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  • "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" book by Melvin Goodman ($100)
     

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 Spring Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 7, 2018

     
 

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Date:

February 28, 2018

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Khanh Pham, JD
Staff Attorney with Boat People SOS-Houston (BPSOS), a non-profit social and legal services provider whose purpose is to empower, organize, and equip immigrant communities in their pursuit of liberty and dignity. It provides education, information, and direct assistance to immigrant and refugee families on potential health and legal issues prevalent in the immigrant communities.
  
We will speak with attorney Pham about the various services provided by Boat People SOS-Houston (BPSOS) to the communities, including the Arab American community, where they have staff on board, Rhoda Jazairy, that can speak and translate to Arabic-speaking members of the community.
       

   
 

2nd Segment: ACC's Annual Gala (Part 2 of 2)
We will continue to air the remaining remarks delivered at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center's (ACC) Annual Unity and Friendship Gala held on December 8, 2017, where they highlighted the Culture and People of Syria. We will listen today to the keynote address delivered by Fares Ksebati, Co-Founder and CEO of MySwimPro and the son of Syrian immigrants, and also listen to the remarks of the Gala Honorees Said Fattouh, recipient of the 2017 ACC Outstanding Arab Media Award, and Amer Al-Nahhas, who received (on behalf of the Syrian American Club) the 2017 ACC Outstanding Refugees Service Award, as well as the announcement about the ACC Young Writers Award Contest winners.
   
Last week (archived online at www.ArabVoices.net), we aired the remarks of Mrs. Hadia Mawlawi, Gala Co-Chair, Dr. Faiza Zalila, ACC President, and Dr. Aziz Shaibani, recipient of the 2017 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award.

   
           

 
          

Date:

February 21, 2018

     
Topic:

ACC's Annual Unity & Friendship Gala (Part 1 of 2)
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) in Houston held its Annual Unity and Friendship Gala on December 8, 2017, under the theme "Elevating Humanity", and it highlighted the Culture and People of Syria. The Gala Chairs were Mrs. Hadia Mawlawi and Mrs. Mariam Haddad. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Gina Gaston, reporter and co-anchor at KTRK-TV ABC13 News in Houston.
    
The ACC honorees were Dr. Aziz Shaibani (2017 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award), Mr. Said Fattouh (2017 ACC Outstanding Arab Media Award), and The Syrian American Club (2017 ACC Outstanding Refugees Service Award).
      
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks made at the Gala, including the remarks of
Mrs. Hadia Mawlawi, Gala Co-Chair, Dr. Faiza Zalila, ACC President, and Dr. Aziz Shaibani, recipient of the 2017 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award (introduced by Dr. Ussama Makdissi and Dr. Michael Newmark).
   
Next week, we will air the keynote address by Fares Ksebati, and the remarks of Said Fattouh and Amer Al-Nahhas, as well as the ACC Young Writers Award Contest winners.

   
           

 
          

Date:

February 14, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Maha Freij
Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer at ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), and a leading visionary in the Arab American community with regard to philanthropy and building strong institutions to strengthen the voice of the community in American civil society. Under her leadership, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), a national institution of ACCESS, has established itself as the only national Arab American community foundation in the U.S., connecting philanthropists across the country and helping them to make a greater impact. Maha is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the American Task Force for Palestine’s 2011 Distinguished Service in Philanthropy Award; the Arab American Association of New York’s 2010 Community Service Award; the Arab American Heritage Council’s 2010 Community Leader of the Year Award; Alternatives for Girls’ 2005 Role Model Award; Crain's Detroit Business, Best Managed Non-Profit Organization, 2000; and New Detroit, Inc.’s 1996 Richard Fisher Fiscal Integrity Award.
 
We will speak with Maha about ACCESS, CAAP, and the upcoming Threads of Giving Gala that will be held in Houston on March 16, 2018, honoring businessman and innovator Farouk Shami with the first ever Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist Award, recognizing his charitable efforts both at home and internationally.
           

   
 

2nd Segment: Shireen Al-Adeimi
A doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she has been conducting research on improving students’ writing outcomes through whole-class, dialogic discussion. Shireen was born and raised in Yemen, and has been working on bringing attention to the crisis there. She recently published an article titled "Only Americans Can Stop America’s War on Yemen," which states: "Yemen continues to suffer in silence as the world turns away from its ongoing misery."
  
We will speak with Shireen about the crisis in Yemen, the dire situation there as a result of the Saudi-led war on Yemen that devastated the country, the U.S. involvement, and what it takes to stop the war.

   
           

 
          

Date:

February 7, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Mustafa Tameez
Founder and Managing Director of Outreach Strategists, a bipartisan public affairs firm. His firm serves clients and projects ranging in size and scope from small local interests to national governments. He is working in conjunction with the Alliance for Compassion and Tolerance to spread awareness about the ACT: NOW! Hotline to the community. Mustafa Tameez’s long career in communications and public affairs has focused on helping clients overcome challenges at home and abroad.
 
We will speak with Mustafa Tameez about the newly established
ACT: NOW! Hotline (832-680-0108), a service of the Alliance for Compassion & Tolerance in partnership with Crisis Intervention. It provides emotional support, crisis intervention, suicide prevention services, and is sensitive to any cultural issues of importance. We will talk about cultural stigmas against mental illness/loneliness/depression, issues facing young adults from our community today, signs parents should look for, the kinds of actions parents/community leaders should take, and the kinds of actions young people should take.
        

   
 

2nd Segment: George Joseph
Criminal justice, immigration, and national security reporter. His work has appeared in many outlets including Foreign Policy, The Intercept, The Guardian, NPR, The Atlantic, The Nation, ProPublica, The Verge, Slate, and CityLab. His area of focus is on surveillance, law enforcement, the use of “big data” in criminal justice systems, and how data is interpreted by law enforcement. George has just published an EXCLUSIVE report at Foreign Policy after he obtained a newly leaked internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) draft report calling for "long-term" and continuous monitoring of "at-risk" immigrants, focused exclusively on young, Sunni Muslim men.
 
We will speak with George about the newly leaked internal DHS report he obtained, and his exclusive report on it, titled "Draft DHS Report Called for Long-Term Surveillance of Sunni Muslim Immigrants".

   
           

 
          

Date:

January 31, 2018

     
Guest:

Ariel Gold
National co-director of CODEPINK, who also manages the organization’s campaigns for Palestinian rights. She is a Jewish-American activist who visited occupied Palestine several times and stayed for months in Palestinian homes to experience first-hand what life is like under military occupation. Her last visit was a few months ago where she met Ahed Tamimi and her family in Nabi Saleh. During her last visit to occupied Palestine, she was attacked by an Israeli colonizer. Ariel’s colleagues and co-founders of CODEPINK, Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, were detained on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron along with Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro and CODEPINK activist Tighe Barry. Benjamin, Evans and Barry traveled to the West Bank to join with Palestinian activists in their struggle to end Israel’s systems of apartheid and occupation. They entered the country despite the recent announcement by the Israeli government "Israel's BDS Black List" that the leaders of CODEPINK, along with 19 other organizations worldwide, are banned from entry into Israel because of their campaigns for Palestinian freedom and equality. Ariel has also organized several US speaking tours for Palestinian activists, Iyad Burnat, Bassem Tamimi, and Issa Amro.
    

   
Topic:

We will speak live with Ariel about her experience in occupied Palestine and what she is hearing from CODEPINK's activists currently there, the efforts and actions underway nationally and internationally to free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian political prisoners, especially today, January 31, 2018, on Ahed's 17th birthday, Jerusalem, and more.

   
           

 
          

Date:

January 24, 2018

     
Topic:

“Sectarianism and Anti-sectarianism in the Modern Arab World” by Dr. Aziz Al-Azmeh
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chairs at both Rice University and the University of Houston hosted and co-organized the "Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism Conference", held December 1-2, 2017 at Rice University and the University of Houston.
   
The keynote address at the conference was delivered on December 1, 2017, at Rice University on the topic "Sectarianism and Anti-sectarianism in the Modern Arab World" by Dr. Aziz Al-Azmeh,
University Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Religious Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
      
Today, on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Al-Azmeh's keynote address on “Sectarianism and Anti-sectarianism in the Modern Arab World”.

   
           

 
          

Date:

January 17, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Sana Shahid
Houston activist, and one of the organizing leaders and Outreach Specialist for the 2018 Houston Women's March (last year, nearly 22,000 attended the women's march in Houston). She is also the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Southwest Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.
    
We will speak with Sana about the upcoming 2018 Houston Women's March, scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018.
      

   
 

2nd Segment: "Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom"
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter) held its Annual Banquet on November 12, 2017, in Houston under the theme "Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom". Several local community members, faith leaders, and elected officials attended the event that featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. It was a celebration of CAIR-Houston's achievements and it also highlighted how to work together to protect civil rights and share a positive message about Islam and Muslims.
   
There were several remarks at the event, and today we will listen to some of them, including those of
Dr. Tarek Hussein, CAIR Houston President; Mike Floyd, elected member of the Pearland ISD Board of Trustees, one of the youngest elected officials in the United States, and recipient of the 2017 CAIR-Houston Political Activism Award; and Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, and recipient of the 2017 CAIR National Leadership Award.

   
        

 
          

Date:

January 10, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Bassem Tamimi (Ahed's Father, in Nabi Saleh, occupied Palestine)
A long-time Palestinian activist and head of the Popular Committee in Nabi Saleh. He is the father of Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was taken from her house three weeks ago in the middle of the night by the Israeli occupation army and has been placed in Israeli occupation jail since then. Bassem's wife, Nariman, has also been arrested and placed in jail. Bassem Tamimi was arrested himself at least a dozen times by the Israeli occupation forces and spent several years in Israeli jails. Amnesty International designated him "a prisoner of conscience", and the European Union described him as a "human rights defender".
    
I had met Bassem Tamimi in person in 2015, and today he will join us via phone from Nabi Saleh, occupied Palestine to talk about the village of Nabi Saleh and the struggle of its residents and the Tamimi family against the Israeli occupation, the jailing of Bassem's daughter, Ahed and his wife, Nariman, and more.
       

   
 

2nd Segment: Mohammed Nabulsi
Palestinian-American attorney and community organizer. He is currently the Project Development Coordinator for the Palestinian Youth Movement. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) organization, one of 20 organizations placed on a "BDS Blacklist" published by Israel on January 7, 2018, barring its members from entering Israel because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Mohammed Nabulsi was one of the main organizers of the recent NSJP conference held in Houston and has since been attacked by Zionist hate groups for his role in organizing the conference.

We will speak with Mohammed about SJP, the Israeli occupation and its decision to blacklist 20 organizations, including NSJP. We will also talk about the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and more.

   
        

 
          

Date:

January 3, 2018

     
Topic: 

"Black November: The Role of Partition in Palestine's History and Destiny" by Ilan Pappé
Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston co-hosted with the Palestinian American Cultural Center Professor Ilan Pappé on November 30, 2017, who presented on the centennial of the Balfour Declaration. The title of his lecture was "Black November: The Role of Partition in Palestine's History and Destiny."
    
Today, on Arab Voices, we will listen to Professor Ilan Pappé's lecture.
   
Professor Pappé is the author of several books, most notably "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" and most recently "The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories." Presently he is the Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter. Professor Pappé obtained his BA degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1979 and the D. Phil from the University of Oxford in 1984. He founded and directed the Academic Institute for Peace in Givat Haviva, Israel between 1992 to 2000 and was the Chair of the Emil Tuma Institute for Palestine Studies in Haifa between 2000 and 2006. Professor Pappé was a senior lecturer in the department of Middle Eastern History and the Department of Political Science at Haifa University between 1984 and 2006. He was appointed as chair of the Department of History at Cornwall Campus, 2007-2009 and became a fellow of the IAIS in 2010. His research focuses on the modern Middle East and in particular the history of Israel and Palestine. He has also written on multiculturalism, Critical Discourse Analysis and on Power and Knowledge in general.