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

   
         

Date:

September 29, 2022    (Episode # 1,028)

     
Topic:

"What, If Any, Policies Have Changed Since the Trump Administration, and New Hope for Palestine’s Future" by Dr. Hanan Ashrawi
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1028), we will air the keynote address of Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on the topic "What, If Any, Policies Have Changed Since the Trump Administration, and New Hope for Palestine’s Future".
 
Dr. Ashrawi delivered that keynote address at the annual 2022
Israel Lobby Conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2022, co-hosted by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.
  
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi was the first woman to be elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 2009. She served as the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process from 1991-1993 and participated in the 1991-1992 Madrid peace conference as a member of the Palestinian Leadership Committee delegation. In 1993, Dr. Ashrawi founded the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens Rights (PICCR) to investigate Israeli and Palestinian human rights violations. She chronicled her involvement in her book This Side of Peace: A Personal Account (1995). In 1996, Ashrawi was elected and subsequently reelected many times to the Palestinian Legislative Council. In 1996, she also accepted the post of Minister of Higher Education and Research. In 1998, Ashrawi founded and continues to serve in MIFTAH, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy. In December 2020, she resigned from the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

   
   

 
 
NEW TIME SLOT on KPFT!
Beginning September 24, 2022, KPFT will have a new programming schedule.
Arab Voices will be airing at
8 p.m. central time on Thursdays.

 
  

 
   
          

Date:

September 20, 2022    (Episode # 1,027)

     
Topic:

"Contemporary Poetry: The Arab American Turn" with Poets Fady Joudah & Hayan Charara
     
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston held its Annual AAEF Dr. Burhan and Mrs. Misako Ajouz Professor of Arab Studies Distinguished Lecture in Literature on September 8, 2022, at the University of Houston under the title “Contemporary Poetry: The Arab American Turn”.
 
It was a discussion of Fady Joudah’s “Tethered to Stars: Poems” and Hayan Charara’s “These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit: Poems.” The discussion was moderated by Dr. Sally Connolly, Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston and Associate Dean of Student and Faculty Success for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1027), we will air some of the talk delivered at that event, including the readings of both Fady Joudah and Hayan Charara, introduced by Dr. Emire Cihan Yüksel, Associate Professor at the University of Houston, who is serving as the 2022-23 Acting Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies. We will also air some of the questions and answers that followed their talk.
 
Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator. Joudah’s debut collection of poetry, The Earth in the Attic (2008), won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Joudah followed his second book of poetry, Alight (2013) with Textu (2014), a collection of poems written on a cell phone wherein each piece is exactly 160 characters long. His fourth collection is Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance (2018). Joudah’s fifth and most recent collection, Tethered to Stars: Poems (2021) was selected as a Library Journal Best Book of Poetry of 2021.
 
Hayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist, and editor. He is a professor in the Honors College at the University of Houston, where he also teaches creative writing. His poetry books are These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit (2022), Something Sinister (2016), The Sadness of Others (2006), and The Alchemist’s Diary (2001). His children’s book, The Three Lucys (2016), received the New Voices Award Honor, and he edited Inclined to Speak (2008), an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry. With Fady Joudah, he is also a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 13, 2022    (Episode # 1,026)

     
Topic:

PACC Gala Remarks by Dr. Noura Erakat, Mazin Alkhadraa, and Mohammed Nabulsi
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,026), we will air some of the remarks delivered at the 10th Annual Palestinian American Cultural Center’s Gala held in Houston, Texas on September 10, 2022, under the theme Reclaim, Return, Rebuild. We will air the remarks of the keynote speaker,
Dr. Noura Erakat, author, human rights attorney, and associate professor at Rutgers University, as well as the remarks of Mazin Alkhadraa, President of the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC) speaking about the organization, its vision, activities, and future endeavors, including the efforts to create a physical Palestinian Center in Houston, and Mohammed Nabulsi, PACC Director of Advocacy & Education, speaking about the Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship and the upcoming Houston Palestinian Festival (Nov. 5-6, 2022).
  
The gala was very successful and well organized and had hundreds of attendees. During the gala, PACC honored Dr. Farouk Shami as a great Palestinian philanthropist and supporter of PACC over the years.
   
In addition to the remarkable speakers, the gala featured professional Dabke and Dance by Folkoholic Dance Theatre, and special music played on the Oud and Qanun by the talented brothers Muhammad and Hamzah Saadah. There was also artwork displayed by Hisam Nabulsi, a Palestinian-American artist and educator (through his artwork, Nabusli explores themes of movement, belonging, rhythm, authenticity, family, motherhood, and the struggle against oppression). There was also a photo gallery with incredible pictures and powerful Photo Essays by Hanan Awad, a Palestinian-American street photographer, whose photos have been exhibited around the world (Hanan's photos document the tragedy of the physical and cultural forced displacement of the Palestinians and narrate the story of Palestinian resilience & resistance against the colonialist occupation of Palestine). Fay Darzeh had a collection of traditional embroideries, decorations, antiques, and full traditional Palestinian clothing on display at the gala, and Mustafa Alatbash, a Palestinian Artist from Gaza, had handcrafted art on display that draws inspiration from the traditional architecture and heritage found in the historic cities and villages of his home country.
  
Gala Committee
   Iman Faris, Gala Co-Chair
   Bashira Idelbe, Gala Co-Chair
   Rima Dawood, Gala Vice Chair
   Muna Saqer
   Iman Sayyad
   Luna Madi
   Haneen Kadoomi
   Asmahan Al-Refaai
   Ola Zayed
  

   
 

Keynote Address by Dr. Noura Erakat
     
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Noura Erakat, a human rights attorney and an Associate Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include human rights law, humanitarian law, national security law, refugee law, social justice, and critical race theory. Noura is an editorial committee member of the Journal for Palestine Studies and a co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya, an electronic magazine on the Middle East that combines scholarly expertise and local knowledge. She is the author of Justice for Some: Law and in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019).
 
Dr. Erakat was introduced by
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, the inaugural Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History and the Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston, who was introduced by Vivian Khalaf, the Mistress of ceremony.
 
In her keynote address, Dr. Noura Erakat talks about advocacy work in the US, using US laws to influence US Policy, mobilizing communities, grassroots efforts, social movements, working with other communities, solidarity movements in the US, Black Palestinian Solidarity, the militarization of US Police in their practices, Police training in Israel, how in 2016 a coalition of Blacks, Palestinians, and Jewish organizers in Durham, North Carolina, waged the only successful campaign that abolished future Durham Police Officers’ training in Israel and bans police exchanges with Israel, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 6, 2022    (Episode # 1,025)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Lina Abu Akleh's Remarks (accepting an award honoring Shireen Abu Akleh)
     
On August 31, 2022, The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., held its annual Journalism Awards Dinner and presented Shireen Abu Akleh’s niece, Lina Abu Akleh with the 2022 National Press Club President’s Award in her honor. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air Lina's remarks at that event.
  
On September 5, 2022, Apartheid Israel released a statement on its findings about the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian-American Journalist who was murdered by Israel in May 2022. In that statement, Israel said there is a ‘high possibility’ its army killed Shireen Abu Akleh, and also said it will not launch a criminal investigation into that killing. Shireen Abu Akleh’s family released a statement saying “As expected, Israel has refused to take responsibility for murdering Shireen. Our family is not surprised by this outcome since it’s obvious to anyone the Israeli war criminals cannot investigate their own crimes.” “We will continue to demand that the US government follow through with its stated commitments to accountability.”
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Recorded Interview with Diana Buttu on the Oslo Accord
     
29 years ago this month, the Oslo Accord was signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel, an accord many thought was a good idea at that time, and some did not. In 2018, on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accord, Arab Voices interviewed Diana Buttu, analyst, and former legal advisor to the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Diana Buttu also served as legal advisor to the PLO in its negotiations with Israel, and is a policy advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Diana is a lawyer specializing in negotiations, international law, and international human rights law, based in Ramallah, Palestine.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will re-air that interview, in which we spoke with Diana about the failed Oslo Accord between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel, why it failed, the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine, the U.S. stance towards Palestine and its funding cuts to UNRWA, the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem and other programs, the closure of the PLO office in Washington, and the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We also talked about what options Palestinians should pursue, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 30, 2022    (Episode # 1,024)

     
Topic:

"The Invention of Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East" by Ussama Makdisi, Ph.D.
 

The Center for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy held an event titled “The Invention of Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East” on September 20, 2017. The speaker was Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to that lecture.
   
Professor Makdisi is the author of "Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World”, Faith Misplaced: the Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001. His previous books include Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East, which was the winner of the 2008 Albert Hourani Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association, the 2009 John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, and a co-winner of the 2009 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize given by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Makdisi is also the author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon and co-editor of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa. He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. Among his major articles are “Anti-Americanism in the Arab World: An Interpretation of Brief History” which appeared in the Journal of American History and “Ottoman Orientalism” and “Reclaiming the Land of the Bible: Missionaries, Secularism, and Evangelical Modernity” both of which appeared in the American Historical Review. Professor Makdisi has also published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and in the Middle East Report. Professor Makdisi is now working on a manuscript on the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East to be published by the University of California Press. In 2012-2013, Makdisi was an invited Resident Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin). In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding Muslim societies and communities, both in the United States and abroad.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 23, 2022    (Episode # 1,023)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Aseel AlBajeh (in Ramallah) on the Closure of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations by Apartheid Israel
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,023), we will interview Aseel AlBajeh, Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq organization in occupied Palestine. Al-Haq is one of six organizations Apartheid Israel had labeled as “terrorist" organization in 2021, and a few days ago, on August 18, 2022, Israeli occupation forces stormed the offices of the six Palestinian civil rights organizations, Al-Haq, Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defence for Children International-Palestine, Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC). The IOF also raided the offices of the Health Workers Committees. Israeli occupation forces ransacked the offices, stole documents and equipment from them, and welded their doors shut in an attempt to shut them down and prevent them from doing any work.
 
We will speak with Aseel about the Israeli designation of the six Palestinian groups as "terrorist" groups, the Israeli closure of their offices in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli threats to arrest and imprison the organizations' staff, the reaction to the Israeli actions from various organizations and governments, actions that must be taken urgently, and more.
 
We will also listen to statements from Shawan Jabarin, General Director of Al-Haq, Sahar Francis, General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Farhan Haq, UN Spokesperson, and US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
 
#StandWithThe6
www.PalCivilSociety.com

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 16, 2022    (Episode # 1,022)

     
Topic:

Rallies in Support of Palestine and against Israeli War Crimes
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,022), we will continue to talk about the latest Israeli war crime and its killing spree against Palestinians, including children.
 
People throughout the world were outraged at the latest Israeli war crime and its ongoing murder of Palestinians including many children, especially with no accountability or anyone to suppress and prevent its criminal behavior.
 
We will air some of the remarks delivered at rallies held in different cities in the United States, including Houston, Chicago, and New York, in support of Palestine and against the Israeli war crimes. We will listen to
Danya Murad with Palestinian Youth Movement, Mohammed Nabulsi with the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Palestinian American Cultural Center, Tiffany with Malaya Movement Texas, Palestinian Youth Movement Chicago, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss with Neturei Karta International, Nazek Sankari with the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Salaam Khater with Students for Justice in Palestine Chicago, Tarek Khalil with the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP-Chicago), and Kobi Guillory with the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 9, 2022    (Episode # 1,021)

     
Topic:

The latest Israeli Attack on the Gaza Strip
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,021), our topic will be the latest Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, and the occupied West Bank.
 
We will air portions of an interview Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! conducted on August 8, 2022, with
Issam Adwan, Gaza-based Journalist, Activist, and Researcher, the remarks delivered at the United Nations Security Council on August 8, 2022, by Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, and the remarks of Professor Rashid Khalidi delivered at the United Nations Security Council last year on the steps necessary to implement United Nations resolutions and provide peace and security for all in Palestine.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 2, 2022    (Episode # 1,020)

     
Topic:

Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family & Congressional Representatives calling for Independent Investigation, Justice, and Accountability
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of several members of Shireen Abu Akleh’s family, as well as the remarks of several congressional representatives and senators, delivered at a press conference held in Washington, D.C. on July 28, 2022. Shireen Abu Akleh, a prominent Palestinian-American Journalist who worked for Al Jazeera TV Channel, was assassinated by Apartheid Israel on May 11, 2022.

Shireen Abu Akleh’s family has been calling for an independent investigation, justice, and accountability into Shireen’s assassination.

The remarks we will air in this episode are from
Diana Buttu, Palestinian analyst, former legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, who was with Shireen Abu Akleh’s family in Washington D.C., Victor Abu Akleh, Shireen’s nephew, Tony Abu Akleh, Shireen’s brother, Lina Abu Akleh, Shireen’s niece, Congressman Andre Carson (Indiana) who is introducing legislation requiring an investigation into the assassination of Shireen Abu Akeleh, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), Congresswoman Betty McCollum (Minnesota), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Congresswoman Marie Newman (Illinois), Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), and Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, Advocacy and Communications Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). We will also listen to statements read at the press conference from Congressman Cori Bush (Missouri), Senator Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), and Senator Jeffrey Merkley (Oregon).

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 26, 2022    (Episode # 1,019)

     
Topic:

The Belmarsh Tribunal: The War On Terror is Put on Trial
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,019), we will air some of the remarks delivered at the “Belmarsh Tribunal: The War On Terror is Put on Trial”.
  
Just after the bombshell revelations about the CIA plot to kidnap and assassinate WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange while he sought political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Progressive International organized the first physical Belmarsh Tribunal in London, UK. The Tribunal was held in October 2021 to put the U.S. on trial for its war crimes, and to demand justice for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces 175 years in prison if extradited to the U.S. and convicted of violations of the Espionage Act.
 
The tribunal included many remarks from over 20 distinguished speakers, and in this episode of Arab Voices, we will air what some of the speakers had to say including remarks of
Tariq Ali, Historian and original member of The Russell-Sartre Tribunal, Selay Ghaffar, Spokesperson for the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan, Jeremy Corbyn, Member of UK Parliament and Founder of the Peace and Justice Project, Eyal Weizman, Director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, Özlem Demirel, Member of European Parliament, Daniel Ellsberg, Whistleblower, Pentagon Papers, Stella Moris, Partner of Julian Assange and member of his defense team, Ben Wizner, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lead attorney of Edward Snowden, and Edward Snowden, Whistleblower.
 
They spoke about many issues, including Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, the CIA plot to kidnap and assassinate Assange, wars and war crimes, the "war on terror", the war on Iraq, the war on Afghanistan, drone strikes, and more.
 
www.DontExtraditeAssange.com

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 19, 2022    (Episode # 1,018)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: President Biden's visit to Occupied Palestine and Saudi Arabia
     
Arab Voices commentary on the recent visit by President Biden to the Middle East, his unconditional love and support for Apartheid Israel regardless of its war crimes and daily atrocities against the Palestinian people and its murder of civilians including Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh, his love for Zionism, and a history of Biden's remarks over the years about Israel and Zionism, and the one thing that might be good about his recent visit!
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Ruba Sawaya on the Upcoming Houston Palestine Film Festival
     
Interview with Ruba Sawaya, President of the Houston Palestine Film Festival.
 
We will talk about the festival, its importance, and the lineup of films at this year's Houston Palestine Film Festival.
 
The Houston Palestine Film Festival will be held July 22 & 23 at Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston (MATCH), located on 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002.
     

   
 

3rd Segment: "Are U.S. news organizations getting better or worse in their Middle East reporting?" by Sut Jhally
     
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 (#1,018), we will air the remarks of professor Sut Jhally on the topic "Are U.S. news organizations getting better or worse in their Middle East reporting?"

    
Sut Jhally is a professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation. He has won the Distinguished Teacher Award at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where the student newspaper has also voted him "Best Professor." Jhally is the producer of over 40 documentaries on media literacy topics in cultural studies, advertising, media and consumption.
 
Also the author of six books and numerous scholarly and popular articles, Jhally teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses which focus on media, public relations and propaganda, as well as gender, sex and representation. His books include Social Communication in Advertising: Persons, Products and Images of Well-Being (1988) with co-authors Stephen Kline and William Weiss, and The Codes of Advertising: Fetishism and the Political Economy of Meaning in the Consumer Society (1987).
 
Jhally’s documentary “The Occupation of the American Mind” focuses on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 12, 2022    (Episode # 1,017)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Elena Korbut on "Building Bridges to Counter Islamophobia" series
     
Interview with Elena Korbut, Executive Director of Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) about "Building Bridges to Counter Islamophobia" series, which will include Battery Dance’s signature Dancing to Connect program for youth and spoken word and dance performances. The Dancing to Connect initiative engages participants in creativity and team building, using the art form of dance as a tool for building social cohesion and resolving conflict throughout the world. Up to 100 youth, ages 14-19, will be invited to participate in the summer dance workshop. PAIR program students, refugees resettled in Houston from countries around the world, will make up 50% of the participants. The remaining participants will be drawn from a cross-section of the broader Houston community. 

SPOKEN WORD AND DANCE
Ali Al-Kaabi and Ahmed Abdul-Majeed, who arrived in the U.S. from Iraq as refugees, share their stories through spoken word and dance respectively. The program aims to create a space that fosters dialogue, understanding, mutual respect and cultural exchange. Q and A will follow the performance.
   July 12 & July 14
   Stages Showtime 6:30PM
   Stages, 800 Rosine Street, Houston, TX 77019
   Register for this free event here.
  
DANCING TO CONNECT: FINAL PERFORMANCE
   Saturday July 16, 2022
   Showtime: 7PM - 8:30PM
   Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX
   Reserve tickets (free) at https://my.thehobbycenter.org/5572.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Reverend Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel on the historic Presbyterian Church (USA) vote labeling Israel an Apartheid State
     
Interview with Reverend Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel about the historic vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) on July 8, 2022, declaring Israel an Apartheid state, and much more.
  
The Reverend Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel is a Presbyterian Minister from Atlanta, Georgia, and currently serves as a member of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace. He has served the Presbyterian Church in numerous executive capacities including Moderator of its 214th General Assembly, General Assembly Commissioner, board member of the National Middle Eastern Ministries Committee, and member of the Outreach, Christian Education, and Peacemaking Committees of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. The revered Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel has a Doctor of Ministry from the McCormick Theological Seminary. He speaks all over the USA about his journey as a Palestinian Arab Christian from Galilee. He also received numerous awards and recognitions for his work over the years.

   
             

 
          

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)

     
Topics:

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)

     
Topics:

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

     
Topic:

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

     
Guest/
Topic:

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

     
Topics:

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

     
Topics:

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

     
Topics:

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.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 28, 2021

     
Topic:

Holy Land Trust with Elias Deis
  
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will listen to a conversation with Elias Deis titled “Holy Land Trust”, where he talks about Palestinian Christians and what they are facing today, population in occupied Palestine and around the world, Christian Zionism, role of Christians in the west and how Christian Zionism affects Palestinian Christians in occupied Palestine, and much more.
 
We will also air the question and answer session that followed his talk (moderated by Said Arikat, member of the Palestine Center Committee, and a long time writer and analyst for the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds).
 
This talk was organized by the Jerusalem Fund, and was held on December 14, 2021.
 
Elias Deis
Born into a Christian family with a long history of nonviolent resistance in Beit Sahour, Elias Deis’ life was shaped during the First Intifada, watching his father and his community find the path towards justice through peaceful resistance. It was through his Christian upbringing, holding onto Jesus’s sacred words of “loving thy neighbor,” that led Elias into a life journey of engaging his community in transformation.
 
Through this challenge, he staked out a path of education that would lead him directly into the middle of peacemaking, seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of the violence, the historical roots, and how generational trauma contributes to cycles of unrest and bloodshed. Watching his father Shafeeq lead by example by organizing within the tax-resistance movement in Beit Sahour, being arrested several times, presented him a real-life example of how a community can combat violence in real ways, preparing him to be a community leader.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 21, 2021

     
Topic:

Anti-Muslim Hate Group, IPT, Collaborates with Israel, Infiltrates & Spies on Muslim American Organizations
  
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, revealed on December 16, 2021, that it has uncovered and disrupted a hate group’s effort to infiltrate and spy on over a dozen mosques and Muslim American organizations. This 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 also revealed that this IPT anti-Muslim hate group has been collaborating with Israeli intelligence to spy on U.S. organizations.

CAIR’s investigation revealed that the executive and legal director of its Ohio Chapter, Romin Iqbal, had been secretly working with IPT hate group, sharing confidential information about CAIR’s civil rights work including surreptitiously recorded conversations, strategic plans, and private emails. CAIR-Ohio fired Romin Iqbal on December 14, 2021.

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will share with you remarks by CAIR’s national officers on how they uncovered IPT’s collaboration with Israel to infiltrate and spy on Muslim American Organizations, and how they discovered the mole in its Ohio chapter who has been collaborating secretly with IPT.
 
We will listen to the remarks of
Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Attorney and National Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Lena Masri, National Litigation Director, General Counsel and Acting Civil Rights Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Their remarks were delivered at a press conference held by CAIR on December 16, 2021. We will also air the questions and answers that followed their remarks.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 14, 2021

     
Topic:

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at two events organized by the United Nations over the past two weeks on Palestine. We will listen to the remarks of Mohammed El-Kurd, Palestinian activist, journalist and writer, delivered at the special meeting held on November 29, 2021, at the United Nations, in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
 
We will also air the remarks of Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, delivered on December 7, 2021, at a special briefing organized by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
 
In addition, we will air the remarks of Wessam Ahmad with Al-Haq organization, Saleh Higazi with Amnesty International, Omar Shakir with Human Rights Watch, and Michael Sfard, Israeli Human Rights Lawyer, delivered on December 7, 2021, at a special event titled “Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Reality, Challenges, and Obligations”, organized by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
   

   
 

Mohammed El-Kurd
Palestinian activist, journalist and writer who grew up in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied east Jerusalem, Palestine. His work has been featured in The Guardian, This Week In Palestine, Al-Jazeera English, The Nation, and the forthcoming Vacuuming Away Fire anthology, among others. Mohammed graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Writing, where he created Radical Blankets, an award-winning multimedia poetry magazine. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Poetry from Brooklyn College. His poetry-oud album, Bellydancing On Wounds, was released in collaboration with Palestinian musical artist Clarissa Bitar.
  

   
 

Michelle Bachelet
On September 1, 2018, Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006–2010 and 2014–2018). She was the first female president of Chile. She served as Health Minister (2000-2002) as well as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister (2002–2004). In 2011, she was named the first Director of UN Women, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of women and girls internationally. Michelle Bachelet has a Medical Degree in Surgery, with a specialization in Pediatrics and Public Health.
  

   
 

Wessam Ahmad
Director of the Applied Center for International Law of Al-Haq and Coordinator of Al-Haq’s Business and Human Rights Program. He has been working as a human rights advocate with Al-Haq since 2006. His area of research focuses on the economic incentive structure perpetuating the colonization of Palestine along business lines. Mr. Ahmad holds a BA and Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University and an LLM from the Irish Center for Human Rights in Galway.
 

   
 

Saleh Higazi
Head of the Jerusalem Office (Israel/Palestine) at Amnesty International and its MENA Deputy Regional Director. He is also an advisor to the Al-Quds University Human Rights Clinic where he worked as academic coordinator and lecturer. He has also worked as a Public Relations Officer in the Office of the Ministry of Planning in Ramallah. He holds an MA in human rights from the University of Essex and a BA in philosophy and political science from Lawrence University.
 

   
 

Omar Shakir
Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch. He investigates human rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Prior to his current role, he was a Bertha Fellow at the Centre for Constitutional Rights, where he focused on U.S. counterterrorism policies, including legal representation of Guantanamo detainees. A former Fulbright Scholar in Syria, Mr. Shakir holds a JD from Stanford Law School, where he co-authored a report on the civilian consequences of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan as a part of the International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic. He also holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford.
  

   
 

Michael Sfard
An Israeli lawyer and political activist specializing in international human rights law and the laws of war. He has served as counsel in various cases on these topics in Israel. He has represented a variety of Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations, movements and activists before the Israeli Supreme Court. He has brought many cases to challenge the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory and represented hundreds of Israeli soldiers who have refused to serve in the OPT. Mr. Sfard and his law office provide legal counsel for the Israeli human rights NGO Yesh Din and is a legal counsel for Peace Now. Michael Sfard’s recent legal opinion, commissioned by Yesh Din, concluded that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is a form of apartheid, constituting a crime according to international law. In 2018, he published "The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights".

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 7, 2021

     
Topic:

ACC's 25th Annual Unity & Friendship Gala - Rising Stronger
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) in Houston held its 25th Annual Unity and Friendship Gala on December 4, 2021. The Gala Chairs were Hadia Mawlawi and Rola Georges. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Sonia Azad with WFAA Dallas. During the Gala, the ACC celebrated the rich Culture and People of Lebanon. This year’s ACC honorees were Mrs. & Mr. Brigitte and Bashar Kalai (2021 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award), Mr. Burhan Ajouz (2021 ACC Outstanding Business Award), and Dr. Sherif Zaafran (2021 ACC Lifetime Achievement Award). The event also included silent auction and live performance by the National Arab Orchestra.
      
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will listen to most of the remarks delivered at the Gala, including the remarks of
Jill Yaziji, ACC President, and ACC honorees Brigitte and Bashar Kalai (introduced by Dr. Waleed Gaber), Burhan Ajouz (introduced by Dr. Aziz Shaibani), and Dr. Sherif Zaafran (introduced be Dr. Abdel K. Fustok).

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 30, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Conversation with Dr. Salim Tamari about the Shrines in Palestine
     

In this episode of Arab Voices, our guest will be the distinguished Palestinian sociologist and historian, Professor Salim Tamari, who also serves as a Research Associate for the Institute for Palestine Studies, and is the editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly.
 
Hosting the conversation with Professor Tamari is Hanan Awad. They will talk about the Makamat, Shrines, or House of High Places in Palestine.

Hanan Awad is a Palestinian American street photographer, whose photos have been exhibited around the world. Hanan’s 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.
 
Hanan had interviewed Professor Salim Tamari previously about his book “The Storyteller of Jerusalem” where they explored the life, culture, music, and history of Jerusalem in Palestine (1904-1948). That interview is archived on our website, ArabVoices.net.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 23, 2021

     
Topic:

"Damascus: A History in Words" by Dr. Dana Sajdi
 
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston held the AAEF Paul Kardoush Annual Memorial Lecture on November 11, 2021, at the University of Houston. The lecture was titled "Damascus: A History in Words", and the speaker was Professor Dana Sajdi, a prominent historian teaching at Boston College.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air that lecture.
 

Professor Dana Sajdi is a prominent historian teaching at Boston College. She is the author of The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant (Stanford University Press, 2013) and the editor of Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century (IB Tauris, 2014). Her current book project, In Defense of Damascus: Arabic Textual Cityscapes offers a new history of the venerable city between the 12th and 20th centuries, drawing on a long and uninterrupted tradition of prose topographies.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 16, 2021

     
Topic:

New Lawsuit against Houston & Texas over Anti-BDS Law
     

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at a press conference held on November 1, 2021, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announcing a new lawsuit filed on October 29, 2021, against the City of Houston and the State of Texas on behalf of a business who was unable to renew its contract with the City of Houston because they refused to sign the state imposed oath not to boycott Israel. CAIR filed the motion for a temporary restraining order on behalf of A&R Engineering and Testing firm that was asked by the City of Houston to sign an anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) clause in its contract. We will hear the remarks delivered at the press conference by the owner of A&R Engineering and Testing firm, Rasmy Hassouna, who is of Palestinian heritage and has done more than two million dollars of business with the City of Houston over the last 20 years, as well as the remarks of CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney
Gadeir Abbas and Chairman of CAIR Texas-Houston John Floyd.
 
The recent lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations is not the first in Texas or the nation against many state laws nationwide designed to block the growing BDS movement in the United States and worldwide in defense of Palestinian human rights. In 2019, CAIR won a landmark victory in a lawsuit over the first version of the Texas law on behalf of Bahia Amawi, the Texas speech language pathologist who lost her job because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause. During this episode of Arab Voices, we will also air potions of the interview we previously conducted with attorney
John Floyd with CAIR-Houston and Bahia Amawi talking about that lawsuit and the landmark victory.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 9, 2021

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, for a special Pacifica Radio Archives National Fund Drive that aired on all Pacifica stations in the U.S. Our next show will be on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.    
             

 
          

Date:

November 2, 2021

     
Topic:

"Concerning the Political in Art" by Rabih Alameddine
 
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston held the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies on October 28, 2021 at the University of Houston. The lecture was titled "Concerning the Political in Art". The speaker was Rabih Alameddine, Lebanese-American author of six critically acclaimed novels and Kapnick Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air that talk.

 
Rabih Alameddine is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, most recently The Wrong End of the Telescope (Grove Atlantic, 2021), which Publisher’s Weekly called, “profound and wonderful,” The Angel of History (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016), An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press, 2014), The Hakawati (Knopf, 2008), I, The Divine (W.W. Norton, 2001), and Koolaids (Picador, 1998). He is also the author of a book of short stories, The Perv (Picador, 1999.) Rabih's work has been awarded the Arab American Book Award in 2015 and 2017, the Lambda Literary Award in 2017, and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 20
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Born in Amman, Jordan, Rabih grew up in Lebanon and Kuwait, lived in England, then moved to the United States. He earned a degree in engineering from UCLA and an MBA in San Francisco before becoming a painter and novelist. In 2002, Rabih
 received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Rabih is currently the Kapnick Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 26, 2021

     
Topic:

Apartheid Israel Classifies Six World-Renowned Palestinian NGOs as "Terrorist Organizations"
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the outrageous classification of 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, Union of Palestinian Women Committees) as "terrorist organizations" by Apartheid Israel, the reaction it generated, and the calls on Israel to rescind its decision.
 
Over the years, Arab Voices interviewed staff from some of these organizations. As a matter of act, the first guest that appeared on Arab Voices during the first show in April 2002 was Hanan Elmasu, who was at that time a member of the Board of Trustees of Addameer. The latest interviews occurred in 2021: In September 2021, we interviewed Sahar Francis with Addameer, and in May 2021, we interviewed Aseel AlBajeh, Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq. These interviews are archived on our website, ArabVoices.net.
  
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will also listen to some of the remarks delivered at a joint event organized by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and Palestinian civil society. The event was held on October 4, 2021, and was titled “Restricting Civic Space: Addressing the Israeli Escalation of Attacks against Palestinian Human Rights Defenders”. The speakers were
Haya Omari, Legal Researcher at Al-Haq providing overview of Israel's attacks on human rights defenders and civil society, as well as Israel's Apartheid measures, Khaled Quzmar, Director of Defense for Children International-Palestine, speaking on the Israeli attacks on his organization, Sahar Francis, Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, discussing cases of attacks on organizations and arrests and detentions of human rights defenders, and Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, speaking on the protection offered by international law in protecting the work done by human rights defenders.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 19, 2021

     
Topic:

Stop the War! An Event to Mark 20 Years of the War on Terror
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at a special event organized by Stop The War Coalition held on September 18, 2021 in the UK to mark 20 years of the "War on Terror". The event addressed several topics including Iraq, Islamophobia and Civil Liberties, and The Future. The remarks we will air are for:
 
Haifa Zangana, an Iraqi writer, painter, and political activist, known for her novel Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London about political repression, violence and exile.
 
Kate Connelly, writer and historian who led school student strikes in the British anti-war movement in 2003.
 
Sami Ramadani, an Iraqi-born lecturer in sociology and writes on Iraq and Middle East current affairs. He was a political exile from Saddam's regime but campaigned against US-led sanctions and the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He is a member of the steering committee of Stop the War Coalition.
 
John Rees, British political activist, academic, journalist and writer who is a national officer of the Stop the War Coalition, and founding member of Counterfire.
 
Weyman Bennett, co-convenor of Stand Up To Racism and joint secretary of United Against Fascism.
 
Kareem Dennis (better known by his stage name Lowkey), a British-Iraqi rapper and activist from London.
 
Shabbir Lakha, Stop the War officer, a People's Assembly activist and a member of Counterfire.
 
Zarah Sultana, British Labour Party politician and a Member of Parliament for Coventry South.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 12, 2021

     
Topic:

Holocaust Museum Houston removes Latinx Artists from a panel discussion because of Palestine, and “In The Sun” Art Symposium panel discussion featuring local artists and community organizers
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about “In The Sun” art symposium and exhibition held in Houston by CASP (Collective Artists in Solidarity with Palestine), and PYM (Palestinian Youth Movement). The event was organized after the Holocaust Museum Houston cancelled Latinx artists' participation in a panel discussion because the artists wanted to speak about Palestine. We will listen to some of the remarks by Mohammed Nabulsi with the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Palestinian American Cultural Center, Lina Assi with the Palestinian Youth Movement, Angel Lartigue, visual artist, Bria Lauren, visual artist, Mariposa Tejada, poet and land & water defender, and Ryan Crane, performance artist and organizer.
 
The Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) opened an exhibition in April 2021 called “Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict”. Few weeks later (in May 2021), HMH posted a message on its social media account condemning the rise of antisemitism across America and the world. The statement was posted after Israel launched a deadly and destructive attack on the besieged Gaza Strip that caused outrage across the world.
 
One of the Latinx artists, Angel Lartigue, who was also scheduled to speak at a panel discussion at HMH, asked HMH to release another statement indicating they are an ally for Palestine and ending apartheid. HMH did not respond to the request, and when the Latinx Artists participating in HMH exhibition said they would speak about Palestine at a panel discussion scheduled at HMH, they were removed from the panel. Six Latinx Artists pulled their work from the exhibition, drafted a statement (Collective artists in solidarity with Palestine) that was signed by dozens of artists from around the globe. In that statement, they demand not just Holocaust institutions but all cultural art centers to stand in solidarity with Palestine and question the role and accountability of such institutions. Their statement said “We advocate for the abolition of the settler colonial state of Israel and pose the following questions: How can The Holocaust Museum Houston stand against apartheid and ally to Palestine? What is the role of US-based Holocaust institutions in relation to Palestinian liberation?”
 
A coalition with Palestinian artists, poets, and activists was then born. CASP (Collective Artists in Solidarity with Palestine) collaborated with PYM (Palestinian Youth Movement), and formed “In The Sun” exhibition (held at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston) that explores themes of generational struggle, ancestral lineages, and social regeneration through a lens of decolonization and popular resistance.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 5, 2021

     
Topic:

“The Future of Islam and Muslim-West Relations: Why does it Matter?” by Dr. John Esposito
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will listen to a speech by Dr. John Esposito on “The Future of Islam and Muslim-West Relations: Why does it Matter?".
 
Dr. Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He previously served as President of the American Academy of Religion and Middle East Studies Association of North America, and also served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments, corporations, universities, and media worldwide and ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation. Dr. Esposito authored more than 50 books, including The Future of Islam, Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics; Makers of Contemporary Islam and Islam and Democracy (with John O. Voll), What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, Asian Islam in the 21st Century (John Voll & Osman Bakar), Islam: The Straight Path; Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam (with J. Voll); Modernizing Islam (with F. Burgat) Political Islam: Revolution, Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (with A. Tamimi), Islam, Gender, and Social Change and Muslims on the Americanization Path and Daughters of Abraham (with Y. Haddad), and Women in Muslim Family Law.
 
The speech we will air was delivered at a public event held in 2017 at Assumptions University in Canada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 28, 2021

     
Topic:

Dr. Edward Said: "Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights"
This week marks the 19th anniversary of the passing of Professor Edward Said, and on this occasion, we will air today one of the last major speeches he delivered few months before he died. The talk was titled "Memory, Inequality, and Power: Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights". He delivered that speech at the University of California, Berkeley on February 19, 2003.
  
Professor Said is an internationally renowned writer, author, and scholar, whose writings about the Middle East and its relationship with the West have gone far to open new roads in academia and to influence public opinion. Dr. Edward Said was a giant figure in the Arab-American community, and for Arabs in the Middle East and across the world. During the course of his life, he articulated a vision of Palestine and the Arab world that not only recalled the significant contributions of the region’s people but also offered hope for the future. Edward W. Said was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He died on September 25, 2003, in New York.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 21, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Sahar Francis (in Ramallah)
     

Sahar Francis is the Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. She is a Human Rights Lawyer, based in Ramallah, in occupied Palestine.
 
We will talk with Sahar about the thousands of Palestinian Political Prisoners (including women and children) held in Israeli jails, their ill treatment, torture, physical and mental abuse, round-the-clock interrogations, lack of food and health services, administrative detention, collective punishment, and more.
 
We will also talk about the great escape by six Palestinian political prisoners from one of the “most secure” Israeli prisons, who have been recaptured since their escape earlier this month.
 
In addition, we will talk about the arrests made by the Palestinian Authority of some Palestinians who were protesting the murder of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat, who was killed hours after he was arrested by the Palestinian Authority forces in the West Bank in June 2021.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 14, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: "Spying on Muslim & Arab Americans" with Abdeen Jabara
     

Since 9/11, the FBI has subjected the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities to surveillance. Sending infiltrators and confidential informants into mosques and other community spaces absent any evidence of criminal wronging, it’s clear that for the FBI race, religion, and national origin are inherently suspicious in the War on Terror. However, the FBI’s history of targeting Muslim and Arab Americans goes back long before 9/11. As early as 1972, Richard Nixon had ordered mass surveillance of Arab Americans as part of “Operation Boulder.”
 
W
e will air today a special episode from Still Spying Podcast titled Spying on Muslim & Arab Americans. It is a conversation with Abdeen Jabara, a longtime civil rights attorney, past president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and former board member of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who not only fought against surveillance and discrimination on behalf of others, he himself was spied on by the FBI and the NSA. 
 

   
 

2nd Segment: CAIR on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, and Results of Nationwide Survey of American Muslims
     

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, held a press conference on September 10, 2021, at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks and to discuss the results of its nationwide survey of American Muslims about their perspectives and experiences over the past twenty years.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that press conference by
Nihad Awad, Executive Director and co-founder of CAIR. We will also listen to Robert McCaw, CAIR’s Government Affairs Director, revealing the results of the new nationwide survey of American Muslims about their perspectives and experiences over the past twenty years.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 7, 2021

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Abed Ayoub
     

During the first segment, we will interview Abed Ayoub, National Legal and Policy Director at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab American grassroots organization in the United States committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.
 
We will speak with Abed about the effect of the 9/11 attacks on Arab and Muslim Americans over the past 20 years. We will talk about the rise in hate crimes, discrimination, surveillance, policies and changes in laws and governmental actions taken after 9/11 that affected Arab and Muslim communities, media influence and how it played a role with its negative coverage of Arabs and Muslims, the US "war on terror", and more.

  

   
 

2nd Segment: Lindsay Koshgarian
     

During the second segment, we will speak with Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director for the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and co-author of the newly released report “State of Insecurity: The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11”.
 
We will speak with Lindsay about the newly released report “State of Insecurity: The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11”. The report reveals that "Over the 20 years since 9/11, the U.S. has spent $21 trillion dollars on foreign and domestic militarization. Of the $21 trillion the U.S. has spent on foreign and domestic militarization since 9/11, $16 trillion went to the military (including $7.2 trillion for military contractors), $3 trillion to veterans’ programs, $949 billion to Homeland Security, and $732 billion to federal law enforcement). We will also talk about the Different Choices listed in the report of where this money could be spent "the next 20 years present an opportunity to reconsider where we need to reinvest for a better future."

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 31, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Matthew Hoh
     

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will interview Matthew Hoh about the war on Afghanistan, the US withdrawal, the wars on Yemen, Iraq and other countries, American interventionist policy, war profiteers, the Military-Industrial Complex, U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East, and more.
   
Matthew Hoh is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a member of the Eisenhower Media Initiative. He is a former marine and State Department official who in 2009 resigned his position with the State Department in Afghanistan in protest of the Afghan War. In 2010, he received the Ridenhour Prize for Truth Telling. He is also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for a Livable World and is an Advisory Board Member for Expose Facts. Hoh writes on issues of war, peace and post-traumatic stress disorder recovery.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 24, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Sliman Mansour on Palestinian Art and Resistance
     

In this episode of Arab Voices, guest host Hanan Awad interviews Sliman Mansour on Palestinian Art and Resistance.
 
Sliman Mansour is one of the most prominent and influential Palestinian artists of his time. As part of the Palestinian struggle, his art reflects the brutal reality of Palestine and her people, highlighting the Palestinian identity under military occupation. Sliman’s art has become a worldwide phenomenon, having been exhibited throughout the world. During the first Intifada of 1987 Sliman became known as the “artist of the Intifada” since he helped start the ‘New Vision’ art movement.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 17, 2021

     
Topic:

Symposium on Age of Coexistence (part 2 of 2)
     

Last week on Arab Voices, we aired some of the remarks delivered at the symposium held in April 2021 on Professor Ussama Makdisi's book "Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World”. We aired the remarks of Professor Judith Tucker with Georgetown University, Professor Cemil Aydin with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dean Amal Ghazal with the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of Professor
Ilan Pappé with the University of Exeter, and the remarks of the book author, Professor Ussama Makdisi. We will also air some of the questions and answers that followed their talk.
 
The symposium was hosted by the
Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston, and was moderated by Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation (AAEF) Center for Arab Studies, and AAEF Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 10, 2021

     
Topic:

Symposium on Age of Coexistence (part 1 of 2)
     

In April 2021, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston hosted a symposium on Professor Ussama Makdisi's book "Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World". It featured contributions from the author, Professor Ussama Makdisi, as well as distinguished scholars Professor Ilan Pappé (University of Exeter), Dean Amal Ghazal (Doha Institute for Graduate Studies), Professor Judith Tucker (Georgetown University), and Professor Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). The event was moderated by Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation (AAEF) Center for Arab Studies, and AAEF Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air part 1 from that symposium, and we will air part 2 next week.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 3, 2021

     
Topic:

9/11 at 20: So, Why Did We Attack Iraq?
     

Today on Arab Voices, we will air a segment from Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen, a podcast titled “9/11 at 20: So, Why Did We Attack Iraq?” In this podcast, Burt Cohen interviews historian Larry Hartenian whose new book is titled George W Bush Administration Propaganda for an Invasion of Iraq: The Absence of Evidence. He explains that Cheney, Rumsfeld, and others rejected any evidentiary standards. Intelligence was tailored, politicized, and shaped to fit a narrative predetermined by the White House. They knew there was no evidence of connection to 9/11. So a precedent was set for Trumps reality. Have any lessons been learned?

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 27, 2021

     
Topic:

The Blockade of Yemen Continues: Updates on the crisis and what Congress can do about it
     

Today on Arab Voices, we will air a portion of an event held on July 22, 2021, hosted by Demand Progress Education Fund. The event was titled “The Blockade of Yemen Continues: Updates on the crisis and what Congress can do about it”.
  
Despite growing pressure from lawmakers and civil society against the Saudi blockade of Yemen, during the entire month of May no fuel tankers were permitted to enter Hodeidah port. While the Biden Administration has promised to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war, and has publicly acknowledged opposition to the blockade, there has been no confirmation that the US has meaningfully pressured Saudi Arabia to lift the blockade nor has the US fully ended support for the Saudi-led coalition. Meanwhile, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis continues in Yemen.
  
The Panelists were
Hassan El-Tayyab with Friends Committee on National Legislation, Elias Yousif with the Center for International Policy, Shireen Al-Adeimi, with Michigan State University, and Marcus Stanley with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. The panelists offered updates on the blockade, ongoing humanitarian crisis, and the US’s role. They also highlighted stories from the ground in Yemen; discussed recent developments towards a peace deal; and offered perspectives on what role Congress can play.    

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 20, 2021

     
Topic:

The Palestinian Nakba: From Ethnic Cleansing in 1948 to Apartheid in 2021
     

The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held a talk on the topic "The Palestinian Nakba: From Ethnic Cleansing in 1948 to Apartheid in 2021" on May 19, 2021, with Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra. On this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a portion of that discussion.
 
Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra discussed the history of the Nakba and what it means to Palestinians. During his presentation he answered some major questions on the establishment of Israel, the forced ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population, stories about the land, and refugees. He concluded with an analysis of the present situation in Palestine as a case of ongoing and deepening ethnic cleansing and apartheid. This event was moderated by Said Arikat.
 
Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra has been a Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University since 1987, and was a founding president of the American University of Kuwait from 2003 to 2006. He also directed the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, DC from 1998 to 2002, as well as the Center of Strategic Studies at Kuwait University from 2002 to 2003. Dr. Ghabra earned his BA from Georgetown University in 1975, his MA from Purdue University in 1983, and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He is the author of eight books and numerous studies, including Palestinians in Kuwait: The Family and the Politics of Survival and The Nakba and the Emergence of the Palestinian Diaspora in Kuwait. Dr. Ghabra has also been a regular columnist and guest of various international and Arab media outlets since 1988.

Said Arikat is a Member of the Palestine Center Committee, and the Washington bureau chief for the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds, a daily for which he is a writer, columnist, and analyst. He previously served as spokesman and director of public information for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 13, 2021

     
Topic:

Debate: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism
     

Today on Arab Voices, we will air an episode from Alternative Radio, an award-winning weekly public affairs program. It is a debate on the motion “Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism“ held at the Emmanuel Centre in London. The debate features two speakers for the motion: Melanie Phillips, journalist, broadcaster and author, and Einat Wilf, Israeli politician, and former Knesset member, and it also features two speakers against the motion: Mehdi Hasan, journalist and broadcaster, and Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian, and university professor.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 6, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Emergency Rally For Palestine
     

We will listen to a few remarks from some of the participants in the emergency rally held in Houston, Texas on Monday, July 5, 2021, in support of the Palestinian people of Silwan in occupied Jerusalem, and against Israeli demolitions of Palestinian businesses and homes.
             

   
 

2nd Segment: Obit: Ramsey Clark’s Appeal for Peace – STOP the War on Iraq – Let Iraq LIVE!
     

From TUC Radio: Rebroadcast in memory of Ramsey Clark
Former U.S. attorney general and longtime human rights lawyer Ramsey Clark died on April 10, 2021 at the age of 93. He served as attorney general from 1967 to 1969. After leaving office, Clark became a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy. “The world is the most dangerous place it’s ever been because of what our country has done, and is doing” he said.
  
Maria Gilardin recorded him in San Francisco on October 12, 2002 – He said that when George Bush declared his war on terrorism he made the most lawless step in the history of the United States. Ramsey Clark warned of another war on Iraq – both for the poor and tortured people of that country and for us, for our own safety and for our souls. In spite of huge peace demonstrations across the world – war began on March 19, 2003.
  
Few people knew Iraq as well as Ramsey Clark. While the bombs fell on Iraq in 1991 he traveled 2000 miles by car. He returned to Iraq every year to see the effect of the sanctions and weekly US/UK bombings. He visited hospitals and devastated neighborhoods.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 29, 2021

     
Topic:

Yemen: Famine and Future
     

Today on Arab Voices, we will air an episode from CODEPINK Radio titled “Yemen: Famine and Future”. CODEPINK Radio airs on our sister stations WBAI in New York and WPFW in Washington, D.C.
 
In this episode of CODEPINK Radio (recorded in May 2021) they talk about Yemen with
Hassan El-Tayyab from FCNL (Friends Committee On National Legislation) and Iman Saleh from Yemeni Liberation Movement. Iman was in DC on a hunger strike, and in this episode of CODEPINK Radio you will hear from Iman about that experience, and you will also hear about action for Yemen happening in Congress from Hassan El-Tayyab. We will also listen to CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin who attended General Dynamics annual general meeting in Reston, Virginia and confronted the CEO and the board with questions about the company's weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and other repressive regimes.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 22, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Conversation with Dr. Salim Tamari by guest host Hanan Awad
     

In this episode of Arab Voices, guest host Hanan Awad in conversation with Palestinian sociologist and historian professor Salim Tamari. Our conversation with Professor Tamari will revolve primarily around his book “The Storyteller of Jerusalem” as we explore the life, culture, music, and history of Jerusalem in Palestine (1904-1948).
 
Salim Tamari is a Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at Birzeit University in Palestine. He also serves as a Research Associate for the Institute for Palestine Studies, and is editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly.
 
Hanan Awad is a Palestinian American street photographer, whose photos have been exhibited around the world. Her 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:

June 15, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: TX-22 Stands with Palestine & Protest of Rep. Troy Nehl
     

We will listen to the key remarks delivered at the protest held on June 12, 2021 outside the office of Congressman Troy Nehl, who represents the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. The participants protested his support for Israel's human rights abuses, Israel’s Killing of Palestinian Civilians, Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid. We will listen to the remarks of Kamal Khalil (Palestinian American Council), Amina Ishaq (An-Nisa), Ambreen Hernandez (Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-Houston), Abdullah Najjar (MAS Katy Center), and Ayman Kabire (Islamic Society of Greater Houston). We will also listen to a brief statement from Judge O'Neill Williams with the Texas 268th District Court, who attended the protest.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Debunking Israel’s ‘Human Shield’ Defense in Gaza Massacre
     

We will listen to a segment from the Empire Files titled "Debunking Israel’s ‘Human Shield’ Defense in Gaza Massacre", in which Abby Martin gives 5 points that evaporate Israel's assertion that the civilians it kills in Gaza were "human shields."
   
Abby Martin is
Director and Creator of The Empire Files, journalist, filmmaker, and former teleSUR presenter.
  
On May 24, 2021, Abby Martin won a federal free speech lawsuit against Georgia's unconstitutional "anti-BDS" law filed in 2020. The judge ruled that the University System of Georgia violated Abby Martin's constitutional rights when it cancelled her speaking engagement on a college campus because she refused to sign a state-mandated oath pledging not to engage in boycotts of Israel. The lawsuit was filed on her behalf by the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), CAIR Legal Defense Fund and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.

             

 
          

Date:

June 8, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: "Houston: Naksa Day Protest" at Boeing & Lockheed Martin
     

On June 5, 2021, several organizations lead by the Palestinian Youth Movement, organized a protest in front of Boeing Company in Clear Lake/Houston to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the 1967 war and ongoing expulsion of Palestinians from their land by racist Apartheid Israel, and also protest Boeing’s new plan to sell $735 million worth of precision guided missiles to Israel, especially as Israel uses the weapons to commit genocide and war crimes against the Palestinians in occupied Palestine. Hundreds of people attended the protest. The protesters also marched 1.3 miles walking from Boeing to Lockheed Martin to protest its weapons sales to Israel, and then walked back 1.3 miles to Boeing. We will air today some of the remarks delivered at the protest by Mohammed Nabulsi with the Palestinian Youth Movement and Palestinian American Cultural Center and one of organizers for the event, and also listen to the remarks of Patrick Higgins, a PhD Candidate at the University of Houston who is currently finishing his dissertation on Palestinian perceptions on US imperialism in the Arab World from the 1950s to the early 1970s, and how those perceptions shaped theory and strategy of the Palestinian cause.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Muna El-Kurd's Remarks at Human Rights Council
     

Muna El-Kurd spoke on May 27, 2021 at a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including occupied East Jerusalem, and today we will listen to her remarks.
 
Muna El-Kurd is a Palestinian Journalist, activist, and resident of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem, who has been actively protesting and refusing to leave her own house in occupied Jerusalem despite Israel’s repeated attempts at forcing her out of her own house. On Sunday, June 6, 2021, the Israeli occupation forces stormed her house in Sheikh Jarrah and arrested her and her brother, Mohammed El-Kurd, who is also very active against the Israeli atrocities and ethnic cleansing, and took them both to Israeli interrogation, then released them.
  

 

3rd Segment: Issam Younis' Remarks at Human Rights Council
     

Issam Younis also spoke on May 27, 2021 at the special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including occupied East Jerusalem, and today we will listen to his remarks.

Issam Younis is the Director for Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, and the Head of the Independent Commission for Human Rights of Palestine. During the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, Israel killed Issam’s father, step mother, and his 4-year-old niece.
   

 

4th Segment: Dr. Rashid Khalidi's Briefing at UN Security Council
     

The United Nations Security Council, asked Professor Rashid Khalidi to brief the Council on May 27, 2021, on the steps necessary to implement United Nations resolutions, and provide peace and security for all in Palestine, and today we will listen to his remarks.
 
Professor Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York, editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and author of many books including The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017.

             

 
          

Date:

June 1, 2021

     
Topic:

National March for Palestine
     

Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to the remarks of some of the participants at the “National March for Palestine” held on May 29, 2021, in Washington, D.C., and attended by more than 35,000. It was led by American Muslims for Palestine and US Council of Muslim Organizations, along with partners and allies of more than 130 organizations from across the United States. They called on President Biden and the U.S. Congress to hold Israel accountable for its war crimes in Gaza.
  
We will listen to the remarks of
Phyllis Bennis (Institute of Policy Studies, and Jewish Voice for Peace), Dr. Hatem Bazian (American Muslims for Palestine), Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison (Virginia Coalition for Human Rights), Amer Zahr (New Generation for Palestine, NGP Action), Anthony Lorenzo Green (Black Lives Matter DC), Nihad Awad (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Lisbeth Melendez Rivera (Jewish Voice for Peace), Maher Massis (Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace), and Lamis Deek (Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition).
  
We will also air the remarks of the
Reverend Father Fouad Saba of St. George Orthodox Church, delivered at the Palestine rally held in Illinois on May 21, 2021.

   
   

NEW TIME SLOT on KPFT!
Beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Arab Voices
will be airing at
10 p.m. central time on Tuesdays.

   
 
There have been major changes to KPFT's programming schedule by the new general manager that went into effect on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and has affected many shows at KPFT Houston 90.1 FM.
 
Arab Voices was moved to 10 p.m. central time on Tuesdays from its 6 p.m. timeslot on Wednesdays.

 

 
             

 
          

Date:

May 26, 2021

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Refaat Alareer (in Gaza)
     

Interview with Refaat Alareer (in Gaza, occupied Palestine) about the dire situation in the besieged Gaza Strip as a result of the latest Israeli bombardment and war crimes, in which Israel killed 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, 39 women and 17 elderly, and injured nearly 2,000. More than 40,000 Palestinians were forced to take shelter in United Nations-run schools in Gaza to escape the Israeli bombardment. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly 17,000 residential and commercial units (including 24 health facilities) in the Gaza Strip were damaged or destroyed during the 11-day Israeli bombardment. It is estimated that more than 80,000 Palestinians have lost their homes or had their homes seriously or partially damaged. In the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, 18 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces, and nearly 8,500 were wounded over the past few weeks.
 
Refaat Alareer is co-editor of the book Gaza Unsilenced and was the editor of (and a contributor to) Gaza Writes Back, a collection of short stories. Refaat received his M.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University College of London, and his Ph.D. in English Literature from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has been teaching world literature, comparative literature, and both fiction and non-fiction creative writing at the Islamic University of Gaza since 2007. Refaat Alareer is a native of Gaza City’s Shijaieh neighborhood.
         

   

2nd Segment: "Houston Stands with Palestine" Rally Remarks
    

We listen to the voices of several participants in the “Houston Stands with Palestine” rally held in Houston on May 22, 2021. The rally was organized by the Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, and was co-sponsored by other organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Palestinian American Cultural Center, Palestinian American Council, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, Palestinian Youth Movement, Muslim American Society, and American Muslims for Palestine. The rally was held in the Galleria area and was attended by more than 4,000 people. It was the third protest and rally in one week in Houston.

             

 
          

Date:

May 19, 2021

     
  Although Arab Voices was preempted on KPFT 90.1 FM on Wednesday, May 19 for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Quintin Jones, I produced a one-hour program (recorded Wednesday) since Arab Voices is syndicated on more than 20 radio stations in different states, and you can listen to that hour directly at https://arabvoices.net/archives/ArabVoices051921.mp3.
 
You will hear
voices from some of the participants at two huge protests and rallies attended by thousands in Houston over the past few days, and voices from occupied Jerusalem (Mariam Afifi, Activist, Musician and Contrabassist at the Palestine Youth Orchestra) and Gaza (Hamdi Shaqqura, Deputy Director for Program Affairs at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights-Gaza) on what is happening there. Both Mariam & Hamdi spoke at the “Palestine in Resistance: Voices of Anticolonial Mobilization” webinar organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston, The Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center, UCSB Center for Middle East Studies, and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University.
   
             

 
          

Date:

May 12, 2021

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Suhaila (in Sheikh Jarrah)
     

We will speak with Suhaila (
in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem), a Palestinian woman and a member of one of the families that Israel decided to expel and force her out of her house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem, and give her house and other Palestinian houses to Zionist Israeli Colonizers. We will talk about Sheikh Jarrah, the decision by Israel to force her and her family out of her own house, Israeli ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and more.
         

   
  2nd Segment: Rami Almeghari (in Gaza)
    
We will speak with Rami Almeghari, independent journalist, commentator, and university lecturer who is in Gaza, occupied Palestine, about the horrific situation in the besieged Gaza Strip from the non-stop Israeli bombings that have killed at least 65 Palestinians including 15 children and 5 women, destroyed numerous homes, apartments, businesses, a bank, buildings that house local & foreign media/press agencies, and residential high rise, leaving hundreds of Palestinians families homeless.
   
             

 
          

Date:

May 5, 2021

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Aseel AlBajeh (in Palestine)
     

A discussion with Aseel AlBajeh,
Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq organization in Palestine.
 
We will speak with Aseel about the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Israeli Zionist settler-colonial project, the plans to force Palestinian families out of their homes from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, home demolitions, the steadfastness of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, and more.

        

   
 

2nd Segment: Rev. Dr. Alex Awad
    

We will speak with Reverend Alex Awad about the Israeli measures in occupied Jerusalem, and the plans to force Palestinian families out of their homes from Sheikh Jarrah, the attacks on Christian and Muslim worshippers in Jerusalem, Christian Zionism, Evangelical support for Israel in the US, what people can do, and more.
 
Reverend Dr. Alex Awad is a retired United Methodist Missionary, who served as pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church, dean of students at Bethlehem Bible College, and director of the Shepherd Society. He is also a member of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, and author of two books, Through the Eyes of the Victims and Palestinian Memories. Both books reveal the realities of life under Israeli military occupation.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 28, 2021

     
Topic:

Israeli Apartheid
   

The newly released historic report by Human Rights Watch: "A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution", and the recommendations it includes. Earlier this year, 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"
 
Congresswoman Betty McCollum's new legislation “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act“ (H.R.2590). McCollum’s legislation prohibits Israel from using U.S. taxpayer dollars in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem for: the military detention, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; to support the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; or, to extend any assistance or support for Israel’s unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory in violation of international humanitarian law.
 
Susan Abulhawa's remarks on why Israel is an apartheid state, delivered this month at the “END US SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI APARTHEID?" conference. Abulhawa is a Palestinian American poet, writer, activist, and author.
 
Former Congressman Brian Baird's remarks on how Israel and its U.S. lobby assert authority over Congress, his visits to Gaza, especially his shock at seeing the American International School in Gaza flattened by Israel using American-made bombs, his efforts to investigate the murder of his constituent Rachel Corrie, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 21, 2021

     
Topic:

The Early History of the Arab-American Community
     

The month of April is National Arab-American Heritage Month, a celebration and recognition of Arab Americans, their rich culture, heritage, and contributions. Arab Americans have always been, and for hundreds of years, a vital part of the American society. Today and in recognition of that, we will air a lecture titled "The Early History of the Arab-American Community" by Professor Akram Khater. He delivered that lecture in 2019 at the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
 
Akram Khater Ph.D. (UC Berkeley) is University Faculty Scholar, Professor of History, Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies, and Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921; A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa; and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East. He is the editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, has completed a 2012 PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina, was the senior curator for a museum exhibit on the same topic that opened on February 21, 2014, and was also the curator of the traveling exhibit, The Lebanese in America, which has toured six US cities, and will continue to tour through 2019.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 14, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Ramadan & National Arab American Heritage Month
     

We will talk about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, its importance, what it means to Muslims and why they fast, President Joe Biden's message on Ramadan, and more.
 
We will also talk about and highlight the National Arab American Heritage Month (April).  We will talk about Arab Americans, their contributions, culture, heritage, resources for enhancing the understanding of Arab American history, arts, culture and contributions, local & national organizations with planned events during April, U.S. State Department's declaration on National Arab American Heritage Month, and more.
      

   
 

2nd Segment: The Arab Uprisings Revisited (Part 2 of 2)
    

We will air the remarks delivered during part 2 of “The Arab Uprisings Revisited” event held in January 2021 at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. It was a two-part series event sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Experts examined the legacy of the Arab uprisings that started 10 years ago and their impact across the region today. The first panel discussion (aired last week on Arab Voices) focused on youth, protests and governance, and part 2 explored the geopolitics and the region's shifting alliances.
 
Part 2 discussion was moderated by
Dr. A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, whose main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East and Turkish politics.
 
The speakers were
Dr. Steven Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for the Middle East and Africa Studies and Director of International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Michele Dunne, Director and Senior Fellow at the Middle East Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Dr. Peter Mandaville, Senior Research Fellow at Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and Professor of Government and Politics at Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 7, 2021

     
Topic:

The Arab Uprisings Revisited (Part 1 of 2)
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at “The Arab Uprisings Revisited” event held in January 2021 at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. It was a two-part series event sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Experts examined the legacy of the Arab uprisings that started 10 years ago and their impact across the region today. The first panel discussion focused on youth, protests and governance, and that is what we are going to air today.
 
The event was moderated by
Dr. Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East, and Director of the Women's Rights, Human Rights & Refugees Program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
 
The speakers were
Sunil John, Founder of ASDA'A BCW and President of Middle East for BCW, Dr. Amaney Jamal, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and Director of Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 31, 2021

     
Topic:

Yemen: Six Years of War
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at the Yemen: Six Years of War event held on March 26, 2021.
 

The speakers were Dr. Aisha Jumaan with Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, Mohamed Alwazir with Arabian Rights Watch Association, Dr. Shireen Aladeimi, Yemeni-American Activist and Professor, Medea Benjamin with CODEPINK, and Hassan El-Tayyab with Friends Committee On National Legislation.
 
Topics discussed: Why the war on Yemen continues, the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: Impact on Population's Health, the latest peace initiatives, the blockade as it relates to the prospects for peace in Yemen, the US role on the war on Yemen, what you can do to be part of the anti-war movement to make real change, and more.
 
The event was hosted by Yemeni Alliance Committee, Massachusetts Peace Action, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, SF Bay Anti-War, DSA International Committee, Students for Yemen, and Democratic Socialists of America: San Francisco.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 24, 2021

     
Topic:

Stop Asian Hate
    

Today on Arab Voices, and in solidarity with the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, we will share various remarks and statements from various organizations regarding the increase in discrimination and hate crimes against the Asian-American Pacific Islander community in the United States. According to Stop AAPI Hate, at least 3,800 hate incidents were reported against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide over the past year.
    
We will share statements and remarks from The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC), The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). 
   
We will also air some of the remarks delivered at the "Stop Asian Hate" vigil and rally held in Houston on March 20, 2021, hosted by
OCA-Greater Houston, an organization that works to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. We will listen to Audrey Pan with OCA-Greater Houston, Ayda Pinardag with Asians Against Domestic Abuse, Eti Gulati with March For Our Lives Houston, Liz Peterson with Houston Coalition Against Hate, Angela Johnson with Texas Organizing Project, Joseph Say with Our Revolution Brazoria, Brandon Mack with Black Lives Matter Houston, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, and Texas Representative Gene Wu.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 17, 2021

     
Guests/
Topics:

Kathy Kelly
    

She is a long-time peace activist and author. She is former Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, founder of Voices in the Wilderness, and previously served as coordinator of Iraq Peace Team. At times, her activism has led her to war zones and prisons. Kathy had visited Iraq many times, as well as Afghanistan and the occupied Palestinian territories. In 2011, she was a passenger on the “Audacity to Hope” as part of the US Boat to Gaza project. She also attempted to reach Gaza by flying from Athens to Tel Aviv, as part of the Welcome to Palestine effort, but the Israeli government deported her back to Greece. Kathy Kelly, along with other Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. She and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. Kelly has also joined with activists in various regions of the country to protest U.S. drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases. In 1988, she was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites, and spent three months in prison in 2004 for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. Kelly is also author of the book "Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison", and has been repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
We will speak with Kathy Kelly about the wars on Iraq that started over 30 years ago (this week marks the start of the 2003 war on Iraq), the ongoing suffering of the Iraqi people as a result of these wars, holding those accountable for the crimes committed against the Iraqi people, and finding ways to atone for war crimes, including reparations.
 

   
 

"Rachel Corrie Slated for Demolition" by Amber Poole & State Dept. response to ICC Investigation
    

This week also marks the 18th anniversary of the murder of Rachel Corrie, a U.S. peace activist who was crushed to death by the Israeli occupation in the occupied Gaza Strip in Palestine on March 16, 2003. On that day, Rachel Corrie was protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home when an Israeli bulldozer crushed her to death. In her memory, we will air a special prose by Amber Poole titled "Rachel Corrie Slated for Demolition".
   
We will also air the response of the US State Department to the International Criminal Court (ICC) about its decision to launch an investigation into Israeli war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, and how the spokesperson handled a question from a journalist about where should the Palestinians go if not to the ICC.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 10, 2021

     
Topic:

"Colonial Christianity: Doctrine of Discovery and Christian Zionism"
  
This is a talk by Erica Littlewolf and Jonathan Brenneman delivered at a convention organized by the Mennonite Church USA. It explores the parallels between European colonialism of North America and the Israeli occupation, as well as the underlying Christian theology that supports both. It will connect the histories and current events of these parallels yet unique situations.
 
Jonathan Brenneman is a Palestinian-American Christian activist, who used to be coordinator of Israel/Palestine Partners in Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA, and is currently FOSNA's communications manager.
 
Erica Littlewolf (born on the Northern Cheyenne reservation to a Native American father and European/Jewish mother) is Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States Indigenous Vision Circle coordinator.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 3, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Part 2 of 2: Q&A session that followed Marc Lamont Hill's Houston Talk
    

Last week on Arab Voices, we aired the remarks of Dr. Marc Lamont Hill delivered at the University of Houston on Black-Palestinian solidarity and some of the questions and answers that followed his talk. Since then, Arab Voices received several requests from listeners asking us to air the remaining questions and answers, so today, we will do so. The remaining questions asked of Marc Lamont Hill were on Black internationalism, capitalism, US-Israeli relations, Israel's influence on American politics, US decisions to move its embassy to Jerusalem and cut UNRWA funding, settlement expansion and changing facts on the ground, the role of the media in social movements, nations rights and people’s rights to exist, effect of Donald Trump on destabilizing the Middle East, the two-state solution, how to challenge imperialism and white supremacy on college campuses, reviving the anti-war movement, how to tie college campus and community organizing, BDS movement, the struggle for liberation, solidarity politics, and more.
 
The Q&A session also includes a few remarks from
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Historian, Associate Professor, the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and the Founding Director of the Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston, and his question on the history of the Palestinian revolution and other liberation struggle.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Abby Martin on "Truth Behind SNL’s Controversial Israel Joke"
    
We will air Abby Martin's response to the outcry against Michael Che's joke that aired during the February 20, 2021 episode of Saturday Night Live about medical apartheid in Israel, where he said "Israel is reporting that they've vaccinated half of their population. I'm gonna guess it's the Jewish half.".
 
Abby Martin is
Director and Creator of The Empire Files, journalist, filmmaker, and former teleSUR presenter. In 2020, she filed a federal free speech lawsuit against Georgia's unconstitutional "anti-BDS" law.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 24, 2021

     
Topic:

Part 1 of 2: Marc Lamont Hill's Houston Talk
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of Dr. Marc Lamont Hill delivered at the University of Houston on Black-Palestinian solidarity in April 2019 at an event organized by Defend Our Voice, a coalition of multiple student organizations at the University of Houston. These remarks were never aired before, so you get to hear them for the first time. We will also air a few of the questions and answers that followed his talk. At that event, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill talked about activism, his speech at the United Nations, his firing from CNN, his visit to occupied Palestine and what he witnessed there, differential treatment of Palestinians in Israel, life under Israeli occupation, criticism of human rights violations, criticism of Israel, anti-Semitism, the Afro-Palestinian community, and more.
 
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is an academic, author, activist, and television personality. He is a Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the host of the syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise, and hosts the online Internet-based HuffPost Live. He is also a BET News correspondent, and a former political commentator for CNN and Fox News.
 
In November 2018, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill was fired from his position as a commentator for CNN, one day after he spoke at the United Nations at a special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in which he called for equal rights for all in historic Palestine.
 
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill has a new book co-authored with Mitchell Plitnick titled "Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics".
 
 
KPFT continues its Winter Membership Drive and Arab Voices needs your support. Please consider a contribution to support KPFT by calling 713-526-5738 or do it online at www.kpft.org.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 17, 2021

     
 

KPFT experienced power outage due to the severe winter storm in Houston. As a result, Arab Voices did not air on February 17. Our next show will be on Wednesday, February 24.
 
It is Winter Membership Drive for KPFT and Arab Voices needs your support. Please consider a contribution to support KPFT by calling 713-526-5738 or do it online at www.kpft.org.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 10, 2021

     
Topics:

It is Winter Membership Drive for KPFT and Arab Voices needs your support. Please consider a contribution to support KPFT by calling 713-526-5738 or do it online at www.kpft.org.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air some recordings and interviews conducted previously covering various topics with distinguished guests about Bahrain and United Arab Emirates normalization with Israel, Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine:

 
Reverend Erica Williams, Social Justice Activist with Black Christians for Palestine, message delivered at a meeting at the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
 
A portion of an interview conducted previously with Dr. Khalil Jahshan, Palestinian-American political analyst and media commentator, who serves as the Executive Director of the Arab Center Washington D.C., about why Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalized relations with Israel.
 
A portion of an interview conducted previously with Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, about the war on Yemen.
 
A portion of Dr. Sinan Antoon's talk on "Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice" delivered at the University of Houston at an event sponsored by The Center for Arab Studies and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 3, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Black History Month: “Amanda Gorman Looks for Change” & “The Hill We Climb”
February is Black History Month, and today we will air Dr. Synnika Lofton’s latest Topical Poem of the Week episode “Amanda Gorman Looks For Change”, where he lifts up the youngest inaugural poet African-American Amanda Gorman, who performed her poem, "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. We will also air Amanda Gorman’s "The Hill We Climb" poem.
 
2nd Segment: Spoken Words on Yemen by Artist Esa Mighty
We will air spoken words on Yemen from Yemeni-American Artist Esa Mighty. He delivered the spoken words at “The World Says No to War on Yemen Global Online Rally” held on January 25, 2021, and attended by thousands of people from around the globe.
 
3rd Segment: Spying on Muslim & Arab Americans
We will air a special episode from Still Spying Podcast titled Spying on Muslim & Arab Americans. It is a conversation with Abdeen Jabara, a longtime civil rights attorney, past president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and former board member of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who not only fought against surveillance and discrimination on behalf of others, he himself was spied on by the FBI and the NSA.
 
Since 9/11, the FBI has subjected the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities to surveillance. Sending infiltrators and confidential informants into mosques and other community spaces absent any evidence of criminal wronging, it’s clear that for the FBI race, religion, and national origin are inherently suspicious in the War on Terror. However, the FBI’s history of targeting Muslim and Arab Americans goes back long before 9/11. As early as 1972, Richard Nixon had ordered mass surveillance of Arab Americans as part of “Operation Boulder.”
    

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 27, 2021

     
Topic:

The World Says No to War on Yemen - Global Online Rally
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will air most of the remarks delivered at "The World Says No to War on Yemen - Global Online Rally" held on Monday, January 25, 2021, and attended by thousands of people from around the globe.
 
Over 300 organizations from 28 countries have also signed the call to action against the war on Yemen, making it the biggest international anti-war co-ordination since the campaign against the Iraq war.
 
The remarks we will air are from prominent voices that participated from different countries to speak out against the catastrophic war in Yemen. We will listen to
Apsana Begum, Member of the British Parliament, Lindsey German with Stop the War Coalition, Yanis Varoufakis, with DiEM25 in Europe, Ahmed Al-Babati, British-Yemeni Soldier, Dr. Cornel West, an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual, Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Congressman Ro Khanna, John Finucane, Sinn Féin Member of the Parliament, Daniele Obono, Member of the French National Assembly, Dr. Shireen Aladeimi, Yemeni-American Activist and Professor, and Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong campaigner for peace and justice, holding roles in the Anti-Apartheid Movement, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and Stop the War Coalition. Jeremy served as Leader of the British Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2020.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 20, 2021

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Chip Gibbons
    

An expert on US Constitutional law, journalist, researcher, and a longtime activist. He is the Policy Director of Defending Rights & Dissent. Chip has led a successful campaign to defeat a proposed unconstitutional anti-boycott bill in Maryland. He has advised both state and federal lawmakers on the First Amendment implications of pending legislation. His work has appeared in Jacobin, In These Times, and The Nation. Chip authored the report "Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Legacy of FBI First Amendment Abuse".
 
We will speak with Chip about the new proposed “domestic terrorism” legislation, what it means, why it would make things worse, the FBI's "terrorism investigations" into nonviolent groups while failing to thwart attacks by others, state surveillance powers, and more.
 
Gibbon's organization, Defending Rights & Dissent, is one of 137 civil and human rights organizations that are opposing the new domestic terrorism legislation.
 
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Jehan Hakim
    

Yemeni American based in California, and Chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, which advocates for ending the US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen by raising awareness and pushing legislation. Previously, she served as the Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus to support communities through educational programs, community organizing initiatives and empowerment and advocacy, and also served with the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals.
      
We will speak with Jehan about the crisis in Yemen, the ongoing war and genocide in Yemen, the upcoming World Says No to War on Yemen Global Day of Action scheduled for January 25, 2021, the Biden administration’s stance towards the war on Yemen, how to stop it, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 13, 2021

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Remarks & Commentary on last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol
    

We will talk about last week's disastrous event at the U.S. Capitol during the certification proceedings of President-elect Joe Biden, and will share statements and comments from a few organizations and individuals, including a statement and community advisory by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), statement from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR National), and a community safety alert issued by the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Houston), statement from the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), commentary from James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute (AAI), and latest commentary from Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar & Director of the Center for Security, Race, and Rights at Rutgers University Law School on "The FBI's Racialized Priorities Endangered Our Democracy". In that commentary, Aziz analyzes past week's siege on the Capitol, and asks where was the FBI in the months leading up to the violent siege on the Capitol?
  
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Insurrection: A New Day of Infamy, Rooted in Centuries Old White Supremacy!
    

We will air an episode from Building Bridges radio program that airs on our sister station WBAI in New York on white supremacy and white nationalism. The episode is titled "Insurrection: A New Day of Infamy, Rooted in Centuries Old White Supremacy!". The guest is Eric Ward, Executive Director and Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward, and Executive Director of Western States Center. Eric Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and building toward an inclusive democracy.
    

   
  3rd Segment: American Mirror and Confederate Statues
    

We will listen to Dr. Synnika Lofton's Topical Poem of the Week: American Mirror and Confederate Statues.
 
"This week I wrapped my mind around Americas obsession with Confederate monuments: a celebration of history or a celebration of white supremacy?"
   
             

 
          

Date:

January 6, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Issa Amro (in Hebron, occupied Palestine)
    

We will air an interview we conducted with Issa Amro (in Hebron, occupied Palestine) a few hours before he appeared in an Israeli occupation military court today.
  
The State of Israel had brought 18 charges against Issa for his civil disobedience and nonviolent protests against the Israeli occupation, and today, January 6, 2021, was his day in the Israeli occupation military court. Issa was convicted on 6 military charges. The Judge, who is an Israeli colonizer living on stolen Palestinian land, told Issa he is not allowed to protest against the Israeli occupation peacefully without a permit from the Israeli occupation forces!!! The sentencing hearing for the 6 charges is set for February 8, 2021.
 
Issa Amro is a Palestinian activist and human rights defender based in Hebron, occupied Palestine. He is the former coordinator and co-founder of the grassroots group Youth Against Settlements. Issa won the 2009 One World Media award for coordinating the B’Tselem camera distribution project, and in 2010, he was declared "human rights defender of the year in Palestine" by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council expressed concern for his well-being and safety due to numerous accounts of harassment from Israeli soldiers and settlers and a series of arbitrary arrests. Issa was arrested numerous times by the Israeli occupation army. In 2017, Bernie Sanders along with 3 U.S. Senators and 32 Congressmen wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at that time, to urge Israeli authorities to reconsider the charges against him. In late September 2017, after being released on bail from Israeli occupation jail, Issa Amro met Bernie Sanders and members of Congress in Washington, D.C.
   
 
Stand With Issa

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 30, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: President Trump’s Pardoning of Blackwater Mercenaries who Murdered Iraqi Civilians

We will air a segment from Democracy Now! on President Donald Trump’s pardoning of 4 former Blackwater mercenaries convicted for their role in a 2007 massacre in Iraq where they murdered Iraqi civilians, including a 9-year-old Iraqi boy Ali Kinani. The segment includes an interview with the lawyer who sued Blackwater over the massacre, and also includes a short documentary featuring an interview with Mohammed Kinani, Ali Kinani’s father.
 
    

   
 

2nd Segment: “CIA and Mossad: Tradeoffs in the Formation of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship”

We will listen to a talk titled “CIA and Mossad: Tradeoffs in the Formation of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship” by Jefferson Morley, a veteran Washington investigative reporter and author of “The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton”. He delivered those remarks at The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference held in March 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 23, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb
    

We will air an interview we conducted previously with the Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb, President of Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine, and Co-Founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, where we talked about the Palestinian City of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, Palestinian Christians, life under Israeli occupation, and much more. We will also listen to a talk he gave on “Seven Things You Never Knew About Palestine and Palestinian Christians”, as well as his new 2020 Christmas message to the world. 
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Reverend Erica N. Williams
    

We will air powerful remarks by the Reverend Erica N. Williams, speaking for Black Christians for Palestine, describing what she witnessed while travelling from occupied Bethlehem to occupied East Jerusalem in Palestine, and a whole lot more. In her talk she says "Our movements today call as well for Palestinians to be free. Too many Palestinians have already died while you all wait to decide which side you will be on. We cannot wait… We will not wait… PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER and we the global civil society are organizing and building power together around the world."

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 16, 2020

     
Guest:

Dr. Mubarak Awad
  
World-renowned activist, scholar, advocate of nonviolent resistance, and founder and president of Nonviolence International, an organization aimed at promoting peace education and nonviolent action in dealing with political and social issues, and works with various movements and organizations across the globe.
 
Dr. Awad is a Palestinian-American, born and raised in Jerusalem, Palestine. He promoted nonviolent resistance to Israel's occupation before and during the first Palestinian Intifada. He was the founder and former president of the National Youth Advocate Program in the United States. In 1983 he established the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem. In 1988, he was deported by Israel after being jailed 42 times for organizing activities involving nonviolent civil disobedience. In 2014, he was named “The Palestinian Gandhi” by Newsweek. Dr. Awad has published several papers and lectured on nonviolence as a technique for resisting the Israeli occupation, and has been teaching classes in the theories and methods of nonviolence at the American University in Washington, D.C. since the early 1990s.
 

   
Topics:

We will speak with Dr. Mubarak Awad about his activism and nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation before and during the first Palestinian Intifada that started 33 years ago this month, and then we will speak with him about the conflict between Morocco and Western Sahara, the people of Western Sahara and their right to self-determination, President Trump's recognition of Morocco's illegal sovereignty over the Western Sahara with a deal between Morocco & Israel to establish full diplomatic relations, how this conflict should be resolved, should Biden reverse Trump's decision, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 9, 2020

     
Topic:

"The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Israel's Biggest Racists" by David Sheen
  
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held a talk on the topic "The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Israel's Biggest Racists" on October 22, 2019. The speaker was David Sheen, independent journalist and filmmaker. Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture.
   
The far-right is in ascendancy all over the globe, and in Israel, factions once excoriated as political pariahs for being too racist" even by Israeli standards" have been welcomed into the halls of power by the government itself. Why does Netanyahu's ruling Likud party rehabilitate the most reactionary American-born rabbis and their local acolytes at the vanguard of Israel's eliminationist movement? How have their extensive efforts to turn all of Israel*Palestine (and territories beyond) into a single racially pure religious state escaped the attention of the mainstream media, for decades? A scandalous report from inside Jewish Israeli society by local journalist and human rights defender David Sheen that will leave you demanding answers - and action - before it is too late.
 
David Sheen is an
independent journalist, born in Canada, now reports from the ground in Israel*Palestine for outlets like Middle East Eye, The New Arab and Electronic Intifada. His work focuses on racial tensions and religious extremism, and in recent years, he has lectured on these topics at dozens of US universities and over half a dozen European parliaments. In 2017, the Irish human rights group Front Line Defenders recognized Sheen as a Human Rights Defender for his reporting. See more of Sheens work at his website: www.davidsheen.com

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 2, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Marc Lamont Hill's UN Remarks
    
We will air today the remarks Dr. Marc Lamont Hill delivered at the United Nations two years ago this week, in
November 2018, at a special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. One day after his speech at the UN where he called for equal rights for all in historic Palestine, professor Hill was fired from his position as a commentator for CNN.
 

Marc Lamont Hill is an academic, author, activist, and television personality. He is a Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the host of the syndicated television show 
Our World with Black Enterprise and hosts the online Internet-based HuffPost Live. He is also a BET News correspondent, and a former political commentator for CNN and Fox News.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Muhammad Sahimi
    
Interview with Dr. Muhammad Sahimi about the assassination of the senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and its significance, Israel's role in the assassination (Israel has been targeting and assassinating Iranian and Iraqi scientists for years), was the assassination timed to provoke Iran to retaliate and then use that to launch an attack (by the US and/or Israel) on Iran before Trump departs office, US-Iranian relations now and what to expect under Biden, Iran's options, the current situation in Iran as a result of the economic sanctions, and much more.
   
Dr. Sahimi is a professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For the past two decades, he has published extensively on Iran's political developments and its nuclear program. He was a founding lead political analyst for the website PBS/Frontline: Tehran Bureau, and has published extensively in major websites and print media. Professor Sahimi is also the editor and publisher of Iran News and Middle East Reports.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 25, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Ahmed Mansour & Ayah El-Fahmawi
    
Interview with Ahmed Mansour and Ayah El-Fahmawi, two members of the Organizing Committee for the upcoming online global Palestine Writes Literature Festival, scheduled to be held December 2-6, 2020.
 
Ahmed Mansour
Documentary filmmaker who was born and raised in the Gaza Strip, occupied Palestine. He did his Masters at NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, News and Documentary Program. His debut film "Brooklyn Inshallah", a feature documentary on the first Palestinian to ever run for the NY City Council, was released in 2019 and premièred at prestigious film festivals such as DOC NYC and TPFF. He was named the 2019 MountainFilm Emerging Filmmaker Fellow based in Telluride, Colorado. He has spoken to audiences at Duke University, Columbia University and the Washington Center for Narrative Studies about his journey with filmmaking as a result of 2014 Israel's attack against Gaza.
 

   
 

Ayah El-Fahmawi
Palestinian American poet and performance artist originally from Tulkarem and Kofr Al-Labad in occupied Palestine. She was the 2018 second place recipient of the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship and her work appears in the anthology titled We Feel a Country In Our Bones. Her work explores diasporic identity and the importance of storytelling in resistance.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Richard Silverstein
    
Freelance journalist who writes the Tikun Olam blog, devoted to exposing secrets of Israel's national security state. His work has appeared in Haaretz, the Middle East Eye, The Nation, the New Arab, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Forward, and the Seattle Times. He contributed to the essay collection devoted to the 2006 Lebanon war, A Time to Speak Out, and has another essay in the collection, Israel and Palestine: Alternate Perspectives on Statehood. 
 
We will speak with Richard about President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Tony Blinken as his Secretary of State, and what that means for the U.S. foreign policy under Biden-Harris. We will also talk about the current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent visit to the illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank, and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, and Pompeo's announcements that the US would label products made in Israeli colonies as "Made in Israel", and the US designation of three of the worlds leading human rights groups as well as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 18, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Congresswoman Betty McCollum's Remarks on Palestine at the UN
    

Representative Betty McCollum (Minnesota) delivered remarks on Palestine at the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People meeting held on November 12, 2020. Representative McCollum has been a vocal supporter of Palestinian human rights, and critical of Israeli human rights abuses of the Palestinians. During her remarks at the UN, she said “Palestinian dreams for freedom, justice, equality, and self-determination are legitimate. Every Palestinian mother and father want a life free from military occupation and systemic discrimination for their child. And, every Palestinian child’s life is precious.”
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks she delivered at that meeting.
  
Representative McCollum has introduced a bill (2017 and 2019) that would prohibit the use of U.S. military funding by Israel to detain Palestinian children: It is called “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” or H.R. 2407. The bill places conditions on U.S. security assistance to any country, including Israel, and prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to support or enable the military detention of Palestinian children. In August 2020, she introduced another bill called the “Israeli Annexation Non-Recognition Act”, or H.R. 8050. This bill prohibits any U.S. government agency or department from extending assistance or legitimacy to any area of the Occupied West Bank annexed by Israel.
            

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi
   
Interview with Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi about the U.S.-supported Saudi-led genocide in Yemen, the dire situation inside Yemen, the U.S. involvement, expectations from the Biden presidency, how to end the war, and much more.
 
Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi is a Yemeni-American activist, graduate of Harvard University, and 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.
   
Dr. Al-Adeimi's latest article is titled "Biden Must End the War He Helped Start".

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 11, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
    

Interview with Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti about the U.S. elections and its outcome, the U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East, president Trump's actions while in office, expectations from president-elect Biden, Arab-Americans elected to office in 2020, activism, the work ahead to make a change, and more.
 
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti is a Historian, Associate Professor, the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and the Founding Director of the Center for Arab Studies, at the University of Houston. His research focuses on the history of revolutions, anti-colonialism, global intellectual currents, and state-building in the modern Arab world. Dr. Takriti is the author of “Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976”. He also co-authored, with Karma Nabulsi, the digital humanities initiative the “Palestinian Revolution" website, which offers a wealth of primary sources on Palestinian history from the 1948 Nakba to the 1982 Siege of Beirut.
          

   
 

2nd Segment: “My life as a child living under Israeli Military Occupation” by Janna Jihad
   
A talk by Janna Jihad, the youngest officially registered journalist in the world, a 13-year old Palestinian from the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank, speaking about her life as a child living under the Israeli occupation.
 
It was a talk delivered at the
Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., in July 2019.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 4, 2020

     
Topic:

In Memoriam: Robert Fisk's Lecture on "Reporting From the Front Line: The Middle East and The Challenge To Tell The Truth"
  
Robert Fisk, award-winning veteran journalist who was the Middle East Correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, and was based in Beirut, Lebanon, passed away on October 30, 2020, in Ireland at the age of 74. Fisk was critical of the US imperialism and foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as Israel's occupation of Palestine. He won more journalism awards than any other journalists did. He won the Press Awards Foreign Reporter of the Year seven times. Robert Fisk authored six books, including "Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War", and "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East".
 
In 2014, Robert Fisk delivered a lecture at Rice University in Houston. He spoke on the topic "Reporting From the Front Line: The Middle East and The Challenge To Tell The Truth". It was an event organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation in Houston.

Today on Arab Voices, we will re-air that lecture in memory of Mr. Fisk.
      

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 28, 2020

     
Guest:

Amer Zahr
Arab-American comedian, writer, speaker, activist, academic, commentator, adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and author of the book “Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile”. He is also author of The Civil Arab blog.
  
Amer draws on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian refugees, performing and lecturing throughout North America (including Houston), Canada, Europe, and the Arab world on topics like politics, society, growing up Arab, Islam, and more.
 
Amer Zahr holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School with a JD degree. He writes and speaks widely on political and social affairs, and has appeared on radio and television. Some of his writings have been featured in major publications, including Time Magazine, and Al-Jazeera.
  
In 2016 and 2020, Amer served as a surrogate for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
     

   
Topic: We will speak with Amer Zahr about the U.S. elections and the Arab American participation.    
             

 
          

Date:

October 21, 2020

     
Topic:

2020 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Daphne Muse
The Intersections of Our Resistance and the Legacies We Leave Future Generations

The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held its annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture on October 7, 2020. The speaker was Daphne Muse, a writer, poet, cultural broker, and Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement. In this lecture, Daphne Muse discusses the similarities and intersections between Palestinian and Black struggles for equality and justice, as well as their implications for the future.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture and some of the questions and answers that followed.
  
Daphne Muse is a writer, poet, cultural broker, and Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement. When she was a teenager her parents seeded an enduring bond with the people of Palestine. She became an activist while a student at Fisk University working with the anti-war movement and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Her activism evolved during her time managing Drum and Spear Bookstore and while serving as a secretary to the Legal Defense Team for the Angela Davis Trial. Her essays, reviews, and social commentaries have appeared in scores of publications including Black Scholar, The Atlantic, This Week in Palestine, and aired on NPR. As a writer, lecturer, retired educator, and in partnership with the Imagining America Consortium, she continues to mentor activists and creatives around the world. She has lived in Northern California since 1971.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 14, 2020

     
Topic:

Texas State Board of Education District 6 Candidate Forum
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the recording of the informational forum held on October 8, 2020, with two candidates running for the Texas State Board of Education District 6 seat, Mr. Will Hickman (R), and Ms. Michelle Palmer (D). Ms. Whitney Bilyeu (L) was unable to attend due to prior commitments.
 
The forum was organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation, and it addressed several important topics, including candidates' qualifications and why they are running for this position, changes they think are needed in Texas schools
and to the curriculum or textbooks, what they want students to learn in relations to History, their position on the State of Texas plan to take over the Houston Independent School District (HISD), how the word "terrorism" is covered in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) world history standards where the only use of that word is in the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” and the message such phrasing is sending to students, the way History books reference occupied Palestine and Israel and whether they will pursue books that list truth/real facts on that matter, Texas law that prohibits state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel, and more.
 
Please note that early voting in Texas started on October 13 and continues through October 30, and Election Day is November 3, 2020. For more information on voting, visit www.vote.org.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 7, 2020

     
Topic:

“Stopping Israel’s Arms Industry
  
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast titled “Stopping Israel’s Arms Industry”. It features several boycott campaigners taking direct action against corporations involved in Israel’s military occupation and settlement industry, including Huda Ammori of Palestine Action in the UK, and Dalit Baum and Noam Perry of the American Friends Service Committee in the US. In this podcast, Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley, co-hosts of the Electronic Intifada Podcast, discuss this topic with the guests, and some of their recent articles.
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will air “Stopping Israel’s Arms Industry" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 30, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Dennis Johnson on the 2020 Census
   
As we approach the new deadline (October 5, 2020) to submit the 2020 Census, we will air a previous interview we conducted with
Dennis Johnson, Deputy Regional Director of the 2020 U.S. Census, talking about the Census, its importance, who will be counted, changes/what's new to the 2020 Census, important dates, how to participate, and much more.
 
On Monday, September 28, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce announced a target date of October 5, 2020, to conclude the 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations.
       

   
 

2nd Segment: "Race & Ethnicity Question on US Census"

We will air a talk on "Race & Ethnicity Question on US Census" hosted by the Arab American Institute in July 2020 between Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Rita Stephan, Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 23, 2020

     
Topic:

"The End Game In the Middle East - Dr. Tim Anderson" by Guns and Butter
 
Guns and Butter program, which airs on our sister station WBAI in New York, interviewed Dr. Tim Anderson to discuss his new book, "Axis of Resistance: Towards an Independent Middle East". Today on Arab Voices, we will air that interview.
  
Dr. Tim Anderson is Director of the Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies in Sydney, Australia. He was for 20 years an academic in Political Economy at the University of Sydney and before that taught at other universities. He researches and writes on development, rights and self-determination in Latin America, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He has published dozens of articles in a range of academic books and journals.
    
From Guns and Butter: The 21st century wars against Middle Eastern countries are bringing them together in what the author terms an ‘axis of resistance’ that includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen; what is most feared by American and Israeli strategists is an Iranian Land Bridge consisting of infrastructural links and integration between Tehran and the Mediterranean, including road, rail, communications, oil and gas pipelines and defense collaboration; characterization of empires and imperialism; the nature of Iran’s leadership role; Russia’s role within the ‘axis of resistance’ and its relationship with Israel; all terrorist groups have been backed by the US-led coalition; final stages of the failed war on Syria; devastating economic sanctions on the entire region; White Helmets; human organ trafficking; all claims of chemical weapon use by the Syrian government a fabrication; war on Syria was never a civil war; the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani and Iraqi Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others have resulted in a call to expel US forces from the entire region. Aired in January 2020.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 16, 2020

     
Guest:

Dr. Khalil Jahshan
  
Executive Director of the Arab Center Washington DC, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank focusing on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as furthering economic, political, and social understanding of the Arab World in the United States. He is a Palestinian-American political analyst and media commentator. He previously served as Executive Director at Pepperdine University, Executive Vice President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and director of its government affairs affiliate (NAAA-ADC), Vice President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, President of the National Association of Arab Americans, National Director of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG), Assistant Director of Palestine Research and Educational Center, and Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago Extension and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Jahshan has served on the boards of directors, and advisory boards of various Middle East-oriented groups, including ANERA, MIFTAH and Search for Common Ground.
   

   
Topic:

We will speak with Dr. Jahshan about the deals Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed with Israel on September 15, 2020, brokered by the United States to establish full diplomatic relations, what may have motivated them to do so, the opposition to the deals within Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian reaction to it (calling the deals betrayal and a stab in the back), what should the Palestinians be doing moving forward, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 9, 2020

     
Topic:

"A History of Activist Repression" by Zoha Khalili
 
On April 15, 2019, Zoha Khalili spoke at the University of Houston Law Center on the topic "A History of Activist Repression". She delivered a historical analysis of activist repression in the United States, examples of the types of suppressions that people have faced when engaging in advocacy, and the types of issues that have affected people advocating for Palestine, lessons to learn, Dos and Don'ts, resources, and more.
 
During her lecture and the Q&A session that followed, she talked about Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Black Panthers, American Indian Movement, COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgram), the different forms of propaganda, the Espionage and Sedition Acts, loyalty oaths, surveillance, infiltrators, informants, pro-Palestinian groups, deportation of Palestinian activists, BDS movement, BDS laws, Israel Anti-Boycott Act, Counter Violent Extremism (CVE), and more.
 
Zoha Khalili is a staff attorney for Palestine Legal. She provides legal advice and advocacy support to Palestine rights activists, students and professors on the West Coast on issues ranging from free speech violations, discrimination, threats, surveillance and disciplinary charges. Zoha's legal career has been devoted to defending the rights of marginalized communities.
  
The event was organized by Defend Our Voice Coalition at the University of Houston.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture and some of the questions and answers that followed.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 2, 2020

     
Topic:

"Racism, Social Equity, and Health Care Disparities in the Time of COVID-19"
    

A discussion organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-Houston. The guest speaker was Dr. Ayesha Khan, Infectious Diseases Scientist and Clinical Microbiologist at UTHealth. She is also a Grassroots Organizer of COVID-19’s impact on marginalized communities and our role in confronting racial health disparities.

The discussion focused on how our community can center social justice to overcome COVID-19 and prepare for the next pandemic, and that working together, we can dismantle the root cause of bad health in minority communities-systemic racism.

This discussion was held on August 26, 2020, and was moderated by Ambreen Hernandez, CAIR-Houston Communications and Program Coordinator. The discussion also included Rawan Harirah, with CAIR-Houston Board of Directors, who is also an Administrative Coordinator at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 26, 2020

     
Topic:

"The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left" by Dr. Michael R. Fischbach
    

The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., held a book talk event on February 20, 2020, titled "The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left". The guest speaker was Dr. Michael R. Fischbach, Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College. Today on Arab Voices, we will air that talk and some of the questions and answers that followed.
   

The Movement and the Middle East offers the first assessment of the controversial and ultimately debilitating role of the Arab-Israeli conflict among left-wing activists during a turbulent period of American history. Michael R. Fischbach draws on a deep well of original sources—from personal interviews to declassified FBI and CIA documents—to present a story of the left-wing responses to the question of Palestine and Israel. He shows how, as the 1970s wore on, the cleavages emerging within the American Left widened, weakening the Movement and leaving a lasting impact that still affects progressive American politics today.
 
Michael R. Fischbach is Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College, and the author of numerous publications and books including, Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color (Stanford University Press, 2018), Jewish Property Claims Against Arab Countries (Columbia University Press, 2008), The Peace Process and Palestinian Refugee Claims: Addressing Claims for Property Compensation and Restitution (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2006), and Records of Dispossession: Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2003; American University of Cairo Press, 2004). He was awarded grants by The MacArthur Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace, and has presented at numerous academic and diplomatic settings in sixteen countries on four continents.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 19, 2020

     
Guest:

Dr. Ramzy Baroud
    

Palestinian-American journalist, media consultant, author, internationally-syndicated columnist, and editor of Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of several books and a contributor to many others. His latest book is titled "These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggles and Defiance in Israeli Prisons". His work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, and his work is regularly translated and republished in French, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. Ramzy Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter.
 

   
Topic:

We will speak with Dr. Baroud about the daily Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip in occupied Palestine (that no one talks about anymore) where nearly two million Palestinians live in horrific conditions as a result of the ongoing Israeli attacks, blockade and strangulation of the Gaza Strip, the ongoing Israeli attacks and targeting of fishermen in Gaza, Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and also in Palestinian Bedouin areas in the Negev region, Israeli colonizers' terrorist acts against Palestinians and their properties, uprooting of Palestinian olive and palm trees and targeting and burning Palestinian farms, and the ongoing extra-judicial executions of Palestinians.
 
We will also talk about the United Arab Emirates (UAE) treaty with Israel, the US stance towards occupied Palestine, the US elections and where Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris stand on occupied Palestine, what should the Palestinian leadership and Palestinians throughout the world do, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 12, 2020

     
Guest/
Topic:

Dr. Rania Masri (in Beirut, Lebanon)
    

Dr. Rania Masri is a lecturer and political and social justice activist. She is an elected representative of the Lebanese political party Citizens in a State, which seeks to end Lebanon's sectarian political system.
 
Rania is in Lebanon and was there when the horrific explosion shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, killed at least 163, wounded more than 6,000, destroyed and damaged thousands of residential and commercial buildings, left more than 300,000 people homeless, and there are still many people missing, under the rubble!

We will speak with Dr. Rania Masri (in Beirut, Lebanon) about what she witnessed, the effect of the catastrophic explosion on Lebanon and the Lebanese people, Lebanon's corrupt sectarian political system, the collapse of the economic and financial systems, unemployment, electricity, water, the ongoing protests that started months ago against corruption, what is needed to make a real change and get rid of the sectarian and corrupt political system in Lebanon, and more. 

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 5, 2020

     
 

   
Arab Voices extends its deepest condolences to the Lebanese people in Lebanon, in Houston and all over the world for the tragic losses as a result of the horrific explosion that rocked the Lebanese Capital Beirut and killed over 100 and injured thousands. The explosion caused massive destruction throughout Beirut and neighboring cities and villages. It came at a time when Lebanon was already going through tough times. The American Lebanese Cultural Center in Houston is asking those who want to donate and support the relief efforts, to do so by making a donation to the Lebanese Red Cross (link posted at www.ALCChouston.org).
    

   
Topic:

Radio New Zealand Interview with Robert Fisk
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to an interview conducted by Radio New Zealand with Robert Fisk (recorded in May 2020), veteran war correspondent, who spent the past 40 years living in war zones covering conflicts in the Middle East, the Balkans and Ireland. In this interview, Fisk says journalists and editors cower from reporting honestly because of corporate and political influence, and he cites several examples including how reporters refer to the Israeli colonies as settlements, the Israeli wall as a security fence and the Israeli wars on the Palestinians as disputes.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 29, 2020

     
Topic:

"Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684") by Cemal Kafadar
   

On February 28, 2020, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair at the University of Houston, sponsored the 2020 Annual Lecture in Ottoman History on "Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684") by Cemal Kafadar.

Cemal Kafadar is the Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies at the Department of History at Harvard University, where he is also the Director of Graduate Studies and Acting Director at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has written extensively on the social and cultural history of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe in the Late Medieval/Early Modern era and he teaches courses on the Ottoman Empire, urban space, popular culture as well as the history of cinema.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at the University of Houston, but because at that time there was a city-wide water main break, the University of Houston was closed, and the event was moved to Rice University.

Today on Arab Voices, we will air Dr. Kafadar’s remarks on "Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684").

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 22, 2020

     
Topic:

The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
   

We will air an episode from CODEPINK Radio that airs on our sister stations WPFW in Washington D.C., and WBAI in New York, on “The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen”.
 
CODEPINK, is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.
 
In its latest radio episode, CODEPINK national co-director, Ariel Gold, who appeared on Arab Voices before, interviews
Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyab. Al-Adeimi is a Yemeni-American activist and educator, who also appeared on Arab Voices a few times before, that discusses the history of Yemen in regards to its politics and how an internal struggle led to the U.S.-Saudi intervention that has terrorized the country. El-Tayyab is a legislative manager for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation that elaborates how Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis and the pandemic has only worsened its situation with children suffering the most from malnutrition, disease, poverty, and more; even so, aid to Yemen has been drastically cut.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 15, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Houston Day of Rage Car Caravan Against Annexation
   

We will air remarks delivered by several attendees at the "Houston Day of Rage Car Caravan Against Annexation" that was held on Saturday, July 11, 2020, in which hundreds of people with more than 150 vehicles participated in the caravan that traveled more than 8 miles through busy Houston roads to reach the Consulate General of Israel, to protest the Zionist Israeli Annexation plan for the occupied Palestinian West Bank. We will also air remarks delivered by representatives from the sponsoring organizations including Mohammed Nabulsi with the Palestinian American Cultural Center and Palestinian Youth Movement, Eman Elhaj with the Palestinian American Council, Sinan Shaibani with RISE-Houston, and Alex Kerry with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Rashid Khalidi
   
We will air portions of an interview previously conducted with Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York, editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and author of many books including The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017, on the Israeli annexation plan, Trump’s so called “deal of the century”, the BDS movement, and more.    

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 8, 2020

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Billy Wardlow.
   
Our next show will be on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
   
             

 
          

Date:

July 1, 2020

     
Topic:

Israel's Annexation Plan for the Occupied West Bank
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will talk about the Israeli annexation plan of 30% of the occupied West Bank in occupied Palestine. We will read a strong letter sent by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and signed by 13 members of the U.S. Congress, to Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, asking him to take the necessary action needed to reverse Israel’s plan for annexation, and also promises in the letter to “pursue legislation that conditions the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel to ensure that U.S. taxpayers are not supporting annexation in any way”.
 
We will also
share the reaction of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on the annexation plan, and listen to a few remarks delivered at the United Nations Security Council and at a special United Nations forum on “the Question of Palestine: Threats of Annexation and the Prospects for Peace” by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Dr. Riyad Mansour, Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Riyad Al-Maliki, Palestinian Foreign Minister, and Alvin Botes, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 24, 2020

     
Topic:

It’s easy to say Black Lives Matter
  
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast titled “It’s easy to say Black Lives Matter”. It is a discussion on Black-Palestinian solidarity in the context of the current US uprisings against police violence, and what it means to internationalize liberation struggles. It features Kristian Davis Bailey, co-founder of Black for Palestine, and Ajamu Baraka, scholar, writer, former Green Party vice presidential candidate, an editor with Black Agenda Report, and the national organizer for The Black Alliance for Peace. Also in this podcast, Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley, co-hosts of the Electronic Intifada Podcast, discuss this global moment with revolutionary potential, and some of their recent articles.
   

Today on Arab Voices, we will air “
It’s easy to say Black Lives Matter" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 17, 2020

     
Topic:

"Anti-Blackness and The Palestinian Struggle" by Dr. Melina Abdullah and Dr. Gerald Horne
 
Several student organizations at the University of Houston organized a discussion about the intersections of anti-blackness and the Palestinian struggle. The event centered on systemic injustices both communities face and how University of Houston students can unite against these forms of oppression. The event was sponsored by the UH History Department, and was held on October 8, 2018.
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to the remarks delivered at the event on the way blacks were treated in the U.S., the struggle for black people and being slaves, Black Lives Matter movement, Police abuse, killing of black people, the struggles for justice, the importance of understanding what is happening to blacks in the U.S. and how that parallels to what is happening to the Palestinian people, how the struggle for black freedom in the U.S. is intrinsically tied to the struggle of oppressed people around the globe, especially the Palestinian people, how freedom is a constant struggle, U.S. foreign policy, BDS movement, settler colonialism, and much more.
 
Speakers:
 
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering. Most notably, she has appeared on the featured film 13th. Melina is the recipient of many awards, most recently the 2016 Racial Justice Award presented by the YWCA.
 
Dr. Gerald Horne, holder of the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University. Dr. Horne's undergraduate and graduate courses include the Civil Rights Movement, U.S. History through Film, Diplomatic History, Labor History, and 20th Century African American History. Dr. Horne is the author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 10, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Arab & Muslim American Organizations' Response to George Floyd's Murder
  
On June 9, 2020, George Floyd was laid to rest in Houston, Texas. Floyd was a 46-year-old Black-American man who was killed on May 25, 2020, by a Minneapolis police officer, while he was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street. Floyd's murder has caused outrage and protests across the world.
 
Several Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations, as well as many individuals from the community participated at several rallies and protests held last week in Houston, and also attended the public viewing and funeral of George Floyd. Numerous organizations from across the world issued strong statements condemning the murder of George Floyd, including several national Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will talk about the Arab-American and Muslim-American response to the murder of George Floyd, and share statements issued in this regard by the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC Houston), the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston), Birzeit Society (Houston Chapter), Students for Justice in Palestine (Houston Chapter), and the Palestinian Youth Movement (Houston Chapter).
 
We will also talk about the knee-over-neck tactic used by the Police, where did that come from, what kind of training provides that, and how thousands of police officers from different cities in the U.S., including Minneapolis, are being trained by Israel (a topic that will be discussed in more details on a future show)!
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Joe Meadors
  

This week, marks the 53rd anniversary of the deadly Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, a signal intelligence platform ship, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea when it was brutally attacked on June 8, 1967, by Israel, despite the fact that Israel knew it was a United Stated communications ship! The attack by the Israeli fighter jets and torpedo boats killed 34 U.S. servicemen and injured 174 others. Joe Meadors was a U.S. Navy Signalman on the USS Liberty when it was attacked by Israel in 1967.
 
Next month, July 2020, marks the 2nd anniversary of the Israeli attack on Al-Awda ship, one of four 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla ships that were carrying urgently needed medical supplies to Gaza, when Israel intercepted the ship in international waters on July 29, 2018, about 40 miles off the coast of Gaza, beat the captain and threatened to kill him, repeatedly tasered several crew members and delegates and severely injuring some! A medical doctor, Dr. Swee Ang, who was also on board Al-Awda ship was attacked on the head and body and ended up with two broken ribs! Israel then hijacked Al-Awda boat and kidnapped everyone on board including Joe Meadors, who was the U.S. delegate on the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Israel illegally detained and jailed Joe Meadors for several days before deporting him to the United States.
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will air an interview we conducted previously with Joe Meadors detailing both attacks, what he witnessed, and how the White House intervened and ordered U.S. fighter jets that were racing to the rescue of the USS Liberty in 1967 (after the Sixth Fleet aircraft carrier USS Saratoga received a distress message from the USS Liberty) not to intercept the attack on the USS Liberty, and retreat!

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 3, 2020

     
Topic/
Guests:

Justice for George Floyd Houston March
  

About 60,000 people attended the special Houston march on June 2, 2020, in downtown Houston, calling for Justice for George Floyd, the Black American man who was murdered on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis Police. A horrific murder that was caught on video and caused outrage and protests across the world.
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to statements and remarks from several participants at that special march, including the remarks of
Bun B, rapper and activist, Trae tha Truth, rapper and philanthropist, Tamika Mallory, activist, Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys representing George Floyd's family, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, several members of George Floyd's family, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, and pastor John Gray.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 27, 2020

     
Topic/
Guests:

From Nakba to Return: The Ongoing Struggle for Palestinian Liberation (Part 2 of 2)
  

Last week on Arab Voices, we aired some of the remarks delivered at the "From Nakba to Return: The Ongoing Struggle for Palestinian Liberation" event organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement and the National Students for Justice in Palestine that was held on May 16, 2020, in  honor of the 72nd commemoration of the Nakba. Part 1 of 2 is already archived online at www.ArabVoices.net.
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will air Part 2, and it includes remarks from
Mohammed Nabulsi and Ramah Awad talking about the Palestinian Youth Movement, National Students for Justice in Palestine, the ongoing Palestinian struggle for liberation, the 72nd commemoration of the Nakba, and Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship. We will also listen to Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian writer, political activist, and author of the international bestseller, Mornings in Jenin, and several anthologies and poetry collections, and Lina Abojaradeh, Palestinian-Jordanian artist and PYM Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholar, and the discussion between Lina and Susan on the role of cultural production and arts as part of the broader resistance that Palestinians engage in.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 20, 2020

     
Topic/
Guests:

From Nakba to Return: The Ongoing Struggle for Palestinian Liberation (Part 1 of 2)
  

May 15, 2020, marked the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic word for catastrophe), the mass displacement of Palestinians from their homelands in 1948.
 
On May 16, 2020, the Palestinian Youth Movement and the National Students for Justice in Palestine, held an online community event in honor of the 72nd commemoration of the Nakba. Palestinian researchers, organizers, and artists participated in the event, and talked about the history of Palestinian displacement and refugeehood, the Nakba, as well as the threats that COVID-19 presents to Palestinian refugees, and how the pandemic is compounding and exacerbating existing conditions. They also discussed and highlighted the ongoing struggle in Palestinian refugee camps, the Right of Return, and the role of exiled and diasporic Palestinians and Arabs.

Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at the event by
Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Palestinian author, founder of the Palestine Land Society, and researcher known for his groundbreaking work of mapping the return of Palestinian refugees to historic Palestine, and Nadia Younes, Palestinian community organizer and co-founder of Al Naqab Center for Youth Activities in Lebanon, whose doctoral research focuses on decolonizing education for Palestinians in Lebanon. We will also listen to a brief message from Pietro Stefanini, with The Palestinian Return Centre in London, who spoke about the Global Right of Return Campaign.  

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 13, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Houston Ramadan Iftar Remarks
  

For the past few years and during the holy month of Ramadan, a special Houston Iftar Dinner was being held annually and attended by nearly 2,000 people each year, including politicians, congress men and women, community activists and leaders. This year, because of COVID-19, the annual Houston Iftar event was held virtually, on May 9, 2020. Earlier on that day, nearly 2,000 meals were distributed for pickup at the Bayou City Event Center before the virtual broadcast of the event.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to the remarks delivered at the virtual Iftar dinner by
Christopher Olson, Director, Mayor's Office of Trade & International Affairs, Muhammas Saeed Sheikh, Coordinator, Houston Iftar, Imam Tauqeer Shah, Resident Scholar, Brand Lane Islamic Center, ISGH, Sohail Syed, President, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Murad Ajani, President, Aga Khan Council for Southwestern US, Shaikh Shabbir Saifee, Dawoodi Bohra Community Houston, Ahmed Alyasin, Chairman, Jordanian American Association of Houston, Susan Young, President, Sister Cities of Houston, Hamza Yusuf, President, Zaytuna College, Berkeley, CA, Javid Anwar, Chief Patron, Houston Iftar, and Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston.
   
The event was organized by Abu Dhabi, Baku, Basrah, Istanbul and Karachi Sister City Associations, along with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and other collaborating organizations.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Dennis Johnson
   
We will speak with Dennis Johnson, Deputy Regional Director of the 2020 U.S. Census, about the Census, its importance, who will be counted, changes/what's new to the 2020 Census, important dates, how to participate, and much more.
    

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 6, 2020

     
Topic:

Pandemics, Democracies & Dictatorships
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air a segment from the weekly public affairs program, Alternative Radio. It is  titled "Pandemics, Democracies & Dictatorships" by Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and teaches Middle East and Islamic politics at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of "Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy" and co-editor of "The People Reloaded, The Syria Dilemma and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East".
  
Today, fear stalks the globe. The grim reaper is taking a heavy toll. The coronavirus pandemic has led to many thousands of deaths and tremendous economic dislocation. In this climate of fear, authoritarian regimes from Saudi Arabia to Hungary, from Russia to Turkey, from Iran to the Philippines use the crisis as a pretext to curtail civil liberties, expand police power and surveillance, silence their opponents, settle old scores, muzzle the press and jail dissidents. The pattern repeats in different shapes and forms among tyrants and would-be tyrants. Indian prime minister Modi has thrown journalists critical of his rule in jail. Kashmir remains under military control. In Washington, the U.S. president has declared “ultimate authority. I call the shots.” How can people in democratic societies effectively respond to the current crisis? 

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 29, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Houston Arab Community Mutual Aid
 
During these challenging and uncertain times with the outbreak of the corona virus, the Houston Arab Community has not been spared from the economic impact. That is why 13 organizations have joined a new coalition of Arab organizations in the Houston community (Houston Arab Community Mutual Aid Coalition or HACMA Coalition) to carry forward mutual aid relief efforts to serve and support the Arab community of Houston.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will speak about the new coalition and its goals with Mohammed Nabulsi, Palestinian-American attorney, community organizer, and board member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center, one of the 13 organizations that joined the coalition.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: “COVID-19 worsens Israel’s racism”
  
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast titled “COVID-19 worsens Israel’s racism”, featuring Diana Buttu, former legal adviser and negotiator for the Palestine Liberation Organization, and a policy advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. The podcast also features a conversation between Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley on how they are coping with coronavirus lockdown in the US and UK, and Asa gets into a recent leaked report about Britain’s Labour Party.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air “COVID-19 worsens Israel’s racism" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 22, 2020

     
Topic:

“Sectarianism and Anti-sectarianism in the Modern Arab World” by Dr. Aziz Al-Azmeh
(previously aired program)

 
Rice University and the University of Houston organized the "Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism Conference", held December 1-2, 2017 in Houston, and was hosted by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chairs at Rice University and the University of Houston.
   
The keynote address at the conference was delivered on December 1, 2017 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:

April 15, 2020

     
Topic:

CAIR-Houston's Annual Gala: "Defend. Educate. Empower." Part 2 of 2
 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter) held its 18th Annual Gala on December 8, 2019, in Houston, under the theme "Defend. Educate. Empower." More than 600 people including several local community members, faith leaders, and elected officials attended the event that also featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. It was a celebration and review of CAIR-Houston's achievements and work in the past 18 years, and plans for the coming year.
     
There were many remarks delivered at the event, and today we will air Part 2 of 2, which will include the remarks of
Bahia Amawi, recipient of CAIR-Houston’s Courage & Justice Award. Amawi is a Palestinian-American speech pathologist who filed a federal lawsuit against Pflugerville Independent School District and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating her First Amendment right of free speech and challenging Texas Anti-BDS Act, H.B. 89., after she lost her job because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause. Bahia won her case on April 25, 2019, when a federal judge ruled that Texas law banning state contractors from boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment.
 
We will also listen to the keynote speaker,
Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). in 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department. Since then, Imam Latif has dedicated himself to America's largest Police Department, and has developed tremendously valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding and productive relationships between cultures, communities and religions. At NYU, Imam Latif has not only managed to build a strong Muslim institution at NYU, but he has offered his experience and awareness to the U.S. State Department, various institutions, corporations, mosques and other communities in the United States, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Egypt. He is a highly sought-after speaker, offering to diverse audiences his unique blend of motivational speaking, leadership insights, spiritual development and religious awareness. He has been featured on numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, BET and GEO TV.
 
Last week on Arab Voices, we aired Part 1, and it included the remarks of several CAIR-Houston Board Members, and the remarks of two awardees: Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Political Activism Award for his dedication and work in fighting for justice and protection for immigrant communities, and Mustafaa Carroll, former Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Ester L. King Bridge Builder Award for his lifelong dedication and work in activism and promoting justice. That program, Part 1, is already archived on our website www.ArabVoices.net, and you can always listen to it online.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 8, 2020

     
Topic:

CAIR-Houston's Annual Gala: "Defend. Educate. Empower." Part 1 of 2
 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Houston Chapter, held its 18th Annual Gala on December 8, 2019, in Houston, under the theme "Defend. Educate. Empower." More than 600 people including several local community members, faith leaders, and elected officials attended the event that also featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. It was a celebration and review of CAIR-Houston's achievements and work in the past 18 years, and plans for the coming year.
     
There were many remarks delivered at the event, and today we will air Part 1 of 2, which will include the remarks of
Rawan Harirah with CAIR-Houston Board of Directors, Yusuf Shere, CAIR-Houston Board of Directors President, Judge Rabeea Collier, first elected Muslim State Court Judge in Harris County, Texas, Lubabah Abdullah, Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, and John Floyd, Esq., with CAIR-Houston Board of Directors. We will also listen to the remarks of two awardees: Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Political Activism Award for his dedication and work in fighting for justice and protection for immigrant communities, and Mustafaa Carroll, former Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Ester L. King Bridge Builder Award for his lifelong dedication and work in activism and promoting justice.
 
Next week, we plan to air Part 2, and it will include the remarks of
Bahia Amawi, recipient of CAIR-Houston’s Courage & Justice Award. Amawi is a Palestinian-American speech pathologist who filed a federal lawsuit against Pflugerville Independent School District and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating her First Amendment right of free speech and challenging Texas Anti-BDS Act, H.B. 89., after she lost her job because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause. Bahia won her case on April 25, 2019, when a federal judge ruled that Texas law banning state contractors from boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment.
 
We will also listen next week to the keynote speaker,
Imam Khalid Latif, University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 1, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Gaza physicians “brace for impact”: How can healthcare workers prepare for COVID-19 pandemic under siege?”
 
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast last week titled “Gaza physicians “brace for impact”: How can healthcare workers prepare for COVID-19 pandemic under siege?”. At the time of the release of the podcast, there were 2 positive cases of COVID-19 in the besieged Gaza Strip (one of the most densely populated area on planet earth), but as of March 31, 2020, and according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, there are now 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air “Gaza physicians “brace for impact”" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: "Corona Radiata": A New Poem by Dr. Fady Joudah
  
Dr. Fady Joudah, Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator, who won an award from the United Kingdom for translating a collection of Mahmoud Darwish's poems into a compilation called The Butterfly's Burden, and was also winner of Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, who lives and works in Houston, released a new poem on the coronavirus pandemic titled “Corona Radiata”.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Joudah's “Corona Radiata” poem.
    

   
 

3rd Segment: In Memoriam: Arab Voices Interview with Dr. Daoud Khairallah
  

Dr. Daoud Khairallah, who was an attorney and professor of international law at Georgetown University and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, passed away on March 22, 2020, in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2012, we interviewed Dr. Khairallah live on Arab Voices where we talked about the foreign intervention by the U.S. and other countries in the Arab uprisings in the Middle East.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will re-air the interview we conducted with Dr. Khairallah in 2012.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 25, 2020   (previously aired program)

     
Topic:

"Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice" by Dr. Sinan Antoon
  
The Center for Arab Studies and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston held the inaugural lecture of the Michael and Hoda Kardoush Lecture Series on November 20, 2019, at the University of Houston. The speaker was Dr. Sinan Antoon and the topic was "Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice."
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture in its entirety.
   
Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born poet, novelist, scholar, and translator. He studied at Baghdad, Georgetown, and Harvard. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His most recent work is The Book of Collateral Damage (Yale University Press, 2019). His literary works have been translated to fourteen languages. His translations include In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish, which won the American Literary Translators Association Prize. Antoon’s translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation. His scholarly works include The Poetics of the Obscene: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave, 2014) and articles on the poetry of Mahmoud, Darwish, Sargon Boulus, and Saadi Youssef. His op-eds have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times and many pan-Arab newspapers and journals. In 2003 Antoon returned to his native Baghdad to co-produce About Baghdad, a documentary about the lives of Iraqis under occupation. He is co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya and associate professor at New York University.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 18, 2020   (previously aired program)

     
Topic:

Law and Revolution in the Arab Spring
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston and The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Arab Studies at Rice University, held an event at the University of Houston on November 13, 2018 that featured Dr. Nimer Sultany, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at SOAS, University of London, and winner of the 2018 International Society of Public Law Book Prize and the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars' Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Dr. Sultany talked about his recent book Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring. This award winning book offers a critical re-examination of political, legal, and constitutional theory in light of the Arab Spring.
 
Dr. Sultany was introduced by Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, and his talk was followed by commentary from Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that event.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 11, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Houston Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with Dr. Waleed Faris, President of the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC), organizer of the 10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival, and Mazin Alkhadraa, who serves on the PACC Board of Directors and the Festival Team.
 
 
We will speak with them about the
10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival (POSTPONED to a future date) and the Palestinian American Cultural Center organization and its activities.
 
The Palestinian Festival was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22, 2020, at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, in Houston, but a decision was made on March 11, 2020 to postpone it to a future date (read official statement).

    
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Rashid Khalidi
We will speak live with Dr. Rashid Khalidi about his new book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017, the U.S. foreign policy towards occupied Palestine, the so called “Deal of the Century” announced by President Trump in January 2020, Israeli colonies on Palestinian land, the BDS movement, efforts to suppress Palestinian voices and supporters on college campuses in the US, and more.
  
Dr. Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York, and editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies. He served as president of the Middle East Studies Association, and was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 to June 1993. He is author of: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013); Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004); Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996); Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986); British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980); and co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982), The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991), and The Other Jerusalem: Rethinking the History of the Sacred City (2020). His most recent book is titled The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 (2020).

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 4, 2020

     
Topic:

"Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World" by Dr. Ussama Makdisi
 
Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy held a special event on March 2, 2020, where Dr. Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, discussed his most recent book "Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World", which provides a fuller understanding of the contemporary Middle East. The event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air Dr. Makdisi’s remarks delivered at the event.
 
Observers of the Middle East are often quick to speak of the sectarian tensions that have beset the region. However, Ussama Makdisi, Ph.D., the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, stresses the need to view these issues within a broader historical context. Focusing particularly on Lebanon under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Makdisi dispels assumptions about why and how sectarian sentiments arose in the Middle East, detailing often overlooked elements of coexistence that have shaped the modern Arab world.
 
Ussama Makdisi, Ph.D., is a professor of history and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. Currently, he is a visiting professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. Makdisi is the author of, most recently, “Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” (University of California Press, 2019) and “Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001” (Public Affairs, 2010). Makdisi received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin in spring 2018. In 2012-2013 he was an invited resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin). In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding Muslim societies and communities, both in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 26, 2020

     
Topic:

"Anti-Blackness and The Palestinian Struggle" by Dr. Melina Abdullah and Dr. Gerald Horne
 
Several student organizations at the University of Houston organized a discussion about the intersections of anti-blackness and the Palestinian struggle. The event centered on systemic injustices both communities face and how University of Houston students can unite against these forms of oppression. The event was sponsored by the UH History Department.
   
Today on Arab Voices (during Black History Month), we will listen to the remarks delivered at the event on the way blacks were treated in the U.S., the struggle for black people and being slaves, Black Lives Matter movement, Police abuse, killing of black people, the struggles for justice, the importance of understanding what is happening to blacks in the U.S. and how that parallels to what is happening to the Palestinian people, how the struggle for black freedom in the U.S. is intrinsically tied to the struggle of oppressed people around the globe, especially the Palestinian people, how freedom is a constant struggle, U.S. foreign policy, BDS movement, settler colonialism, and much more.
 
Speakers:
 
Dr. Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering. Most notably, she has appeared on the featured film 13th. Melina is the recipient of many awards, most recently the 2016 Racial Justice Award presented by the YWCA.
 
Dr. Gerald Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University. Dr. Horne's undergraduate and graduate courses include the Civil Rights Movement, U.S. History through Film, Diplomatic History, Labor History, and 20th Century African American History. Dr. Horne is the author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 19, 2020

     
Topic:

"The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America" by Dr. Edmund Ghareeb
 
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., held a book talk event titled "The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America" on November 13, 2019. The guest speaker was Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, Collector and Scholar. In this talk, Dr. Ghareeb discusses the little known history of Arabic language books published in the United States, including books by early Arab-American women writers and known luminaries like Khalil Gibran Khalil. He shares personal stories of his father’s encounters with Khalil Gibran Khalil, as his translator, with rare hand signed first editions. Dr. Ghareeb showcased such books as a volume on the sayings of Benjamin Franklin; a compendium of knowledge for Syrian Americans, including questions on the US citizenship test; books with original artwork by Gibran and many more surprises.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Edmund Ghareeb's talk on "The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America".

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 12, 2020

     
Topic:

Abby Martin Files Lawsuit against Georgia's Unconstitutional "anti-BDS" Law
Abby Martin, Director and Creator of The Empire Files, journalist, filmmaker, and former teleSUR presenter, filed a federal free speech lawsuit against Georgia's unconstitutional "anti-BDS" law on February 10, 2020. The lawsuit was filed on her behalf by the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), CAIR Legal Defense Fund and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.
 
A few weeks ago, Abby Martin was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law.
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at a press conference held on February 10, 2020, after the lawsuit was filed, including the remarks of
Abby Martin, journalist, filmmaker and host of The Empire Files, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia and co-counsel to Abby Martin, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and co-counsel to Abby Martin, and Gadeir Abbas, Senior Litigation Attorney at CAIR and co-counsel to Abby Martin.
  
Abby Martin was live on Arab Voices on January 29, 2020, discussing her new documentary film “Gaza Fights for Freedom”, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 5, 2020

     
Topic:

Houston Protest Against Trump's "Deal of the Century"
Hundreds of people protested on February 1, 2020, the so called "Deal of The Century" announced last week by President Trump, and voiced their opposition to it. The event was organized by the ‎‎Palestinian Youth Movement, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, the Palestinian American Cultural Center, and the Palestinian American Council.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to statements and remarks from 15 participants at the protest.

 
      


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 29, 2020

     
Guest/
Topic:

Abby Martin
Director and Creator of The Empire Files. She is a journalist, filmmaker, and former teleSUR presenter. Her new film is “Gaza Fights for Freedom”, a powerful must-see film documentary (directed, written and narrated by Abby Martin). Abby is an outspoken critic of Israel’s apartheid government and anti-Palestinian policies. A few weeks ago, she was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law.
  
We will speak live with Abby Martin about her new film “Gaza Fights for Freedom”, and also get her reaction to the Israeli Apartheid Plan, announced on Tuesday by President Trump.
 
IMPORTANT: Support for Arab Voices
Because KPFT is currently in Winter Fund Drive, Arab Voices is offering the new film documentary "Gaza Fights For Freedom" (DVD format) as a "Thank-You Gift" for those who pledge $150. Please consider a contribution to keep Arab Voices on KPFT. You can call during the show on Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm central time and pledge your support (713-526-5738), or send e-mail to ArabVoices@hotmail.com with your name and the amount you want to pledge. Thank you.
    

Film Screening:
"Gaza Fights For Freedom" film will be screened in Houston today, Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. at the Dominican Center for Spirituality, 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77021. 
 
      


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 22, 2020

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Ruth Nasrullah
We will speak live with Ruth Nasrullah, Communications Director for Houston Women March On, about the Houston Women's March.
  
This year, the march will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020. More details about the march is at www.houstonwomensmarch.org.

  

   
 

2nd Segment: Nader Alghoul
Freelance journalist, photographer, news contributor, columnist, political analyst and commentator with 20+ years in network, cable and satellite television production, including director, producer and translation & interpretation (English-Arabic) working high-profile news, general interest, breaking and feature stories globally. He has worked with and contributed to numerous media outlets over the years including Aljazeera English, BBC, France 3, NBC News, SIS, and RAMATTAN News Agency.
  
We will speak live with Nader about a recent “Jeopardy!” episode that caused outrage in which a contestant was told she was wrong for identifying Jesus's birthplace, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, as Palestine, and that the correct answer was Israel!

  

   
 

3rd Segment: Phyllis Bennis DN! Remarks on Democratic Debate & U.S. Wars in the Middle East
We will air a portion of an interview Democracy Now! conducted last week with Phyllis Bennis with her reaction to the Democratic Debate and U.S. Wars in the Middle East.
 
Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who has appeared live on Arab Voices before. She has written a number of books, including "Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict", "Ending the Iraq War: A Primer", "Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer", "Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror", and "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer".

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 15, 2020

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of John Gardner.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
   
             

 
          

Date:

January 8, 2020

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Dr. Assal Rad
Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. Dr. Rad graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. She works with the policy team on research and writing related to Iran policy issues and U.S.-Iran relations, and also works to organize Iranian Americans around issues that affect the community.
   
We will speak live with Dr. Assal Rad about the U.S. assassination of  Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Iran’s decision to reduce compliance with nuclear deal, the Iranian missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq, detentions of Iranian Americans at U.S. ports of entry, and more.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: David Swanson
Executive Director of WorldBeyondWar.org, a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace, and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. He is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. He speaks frequently on the topic of war and peace, and engages in all kinds of nonviolent activism. Swanson recently drafted a resolution urging Congress to move money from the military to human and environmental needs, rather than the reverse. Versions of the resolution were passed by several cities and by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
 
We will speak live with David Swanson about the increased tension and attacks between the U.S. and Iran, U.S. military bases/forces in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East and beyond, how to avert another war in the Middle East, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 1, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria & Yemen: A Look Back at 2019
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will look back at the year 2019, and particularly the situations in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. We will air portions of interviews we conducted live on Arab Voices during 2019 with the following guests:
 
Iraq: Interview with Raed Jarrar, Iraqi-American political activist and writer
 
Lebanon: Interview with Maya Mikdashi, Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and a lecturer in the program in Middle East Studies at Rutgers University, and Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya
 
Palestine: Interview with Mohamed Mohamed, Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and The Palestine Center
  
Syria: Interview with Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
  

Yemen: Interview with Jehan Hakim, Chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 25, 2019

     
Topic/
Guest:

Archbishop Atallah Hanna's Houston Remarks
   
Archbishop Atallah Hanna, a prominent Palestinian Christian figure, has been hospitalized for inhaling poisonous gas from gas canisters thrown into his church in Jerusalem last week. The Archbishop suffered from temporary paralysis, but is now in stable condition in a hospital in Amman, Jordan. In a press conference held Monday, the Archbishop held Israel responsible for the attack against him and accused Israel of trying to silence his voice.
   
Atallah Hanna is the Archbishop of Sabastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In 2008, he refused to meet with President George W. Bush at the Church of Nativity during his visit to Bethlehem. In 2002, he was arrested by Israel on charges of "incitement", the first time a Christian religious leader was arrested for his activism against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
   
In 2008, Archbishop Atallah Hanna visited Houston, Texas, and spoke at the 9th National Convention of Birzeit Society. Today on Arab Voices, we will air some of his Houston remarks (in Arabic, followed by translation of the main points in English) where he talked about occupied Palestine (the birth place of Jesus Christ), the suffering of Palestinians under the Israeli occupation, Palestinian Christians, roles Arabs and Palestinians should play in the U.S., Christian Zionism, one-state vs. two-states solution, the U.S. media, and much more.
  
We will also listen to his recent message to all Christians around the world regarding occupied Palestine, the birthplace of Christ and where Christianity originated and spread its message throughout the world.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 18, 2019

     
Topic/
Guest:

"Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice" by Dr. Sinan Antoon
  
The Center for Arab Studies and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston held the inaugural lecture of the Michael and Hoda Kardoush Lecture Series on November 20, 2019, at the University of Houston. The speaker was Dr. Sinan Antoon and the topic was "Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice."
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture in its entirety.
   
Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born poet, novelist, scholar, and translator. He studied at Baghdad, Georgetown, and Harvard. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His most recent work is The Book of Collateral Damage (Yale University Press, 2019). His literary works have been translated to fourteen languages. His translations include In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish, which won the American Literary Translators Association Prize. Antoon’s translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation. His scholarly works include The Poetics of the Obscene: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave, 2014) and articles on the poetry of Mahmoud, Darwish, Sargon Boulus, and Saadi Youssef. His op-eds have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times and many pan-Arab newspapers and journals. In 2003 Antoon returned to his native Baghdad to co-produce About Baghdad, a documentary about the lives of Iraqis under occupation. He is co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya and associate professor at New York University.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 11, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Travis Runnels.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

December 4, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Remarks of Human Rights Watch Omar Shakir and Kenneth Roth after Israel's Expulsion of Shakir
 
We will listen today to the remarks of Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, and Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. They spoke at a press conference last week, after Israel expelled Omar Shakir and revoked his visa.
   
Human Rights Watch vowed to keep documenting abuses despite the Israeli government’s expulsion.
       

   
 

2nd Segment: Live discussion with Deya' Leonard Dresner & Yazan Meqbil about LE•O and the Educational Opportunities for under-privileged Palestinian Youth.
 
Deya' Leonard Dresner

Founder and Executive Director of LE•O, Leonard Education Organization. She has several years of experience managing key elements of international programs focused on educational opportunities for under-privileged Palestinian youth. She served as Director of Donor Relations for AMIDEAST and as the Director of Development and Student Relations for The Hope Fund. Her strong relationship, program and team-building skills include internship programs, mentoring partners for students, graduate school and job placement support, and most recently Friends of LE•O support groups in the students’ countries of residence. Deya’ has worked closely with over 30 colleges and universities to create sustainable programs to ensure a student’s success in future leadership roles and fulfill their true potential.
  
Yazan Meqbil
Molecular Biologist/Biochemist with a B.A. in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry from Goshen College in Goshen, IN. He attended Goshen College as a LE.O scholar. Throughout his time at Goshen, Mqebil developed an interest in drug discovery which influenced his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology with the focus on Neuropharmacology. Meqbil grew up in the town of Beit Ommar in the West Bank, occupied Palestine, where he graduated from high school. In Beit Ommar, Meqbil started the Local Committee for Youth-Beit Ommar, an effort aimed to create the space and resources for students aged 10-15 for extracurricular and educational activities. Meqbil hopes to use his scientific expertise to transform scientific and pharmaceutical research in Palestine. As of December 2019, Meqbil is a graduate student at Purdue University in the Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Ph.D program.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 27, 2019

     
Topic/
Guest:

“A Lebanese October Revolution: Reclaiming Public Spaces, Rejecting Patriarchy, and Demanding Social Justice” by Dr. Sana Tannoury-Karam
  
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston hosted Dr. Sana Tannoury-Karam on November 12, 2019, for a talk titled “A Lebanese October Revolution: Reclaiming Public Spaces, Rejecting Patriarchy, and Demanding Social Justice”.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture in its entirety.
  
Dr. Sana Tannoury-Karam is a historian of the modern Middle East, writing on the intellectual and social history of the Left in the Levant during the Mandate period. She is an Early Career Fellow at the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and a lecturer in the Humanities Department at the Lebanese American University. Most recently, she had completed a post-doctoral fellowship in History at Rice University. She is currently working on her book Red Flags in the Streets of Beirut: An Intellectual and Cultural History of the Lebanese Left, 1920-1948. Dr. Tannoury-Karam, currently residing in Lebanon, and is an activist in the ongoing Lebanese uprising. She is a member of the Coalition of Independent University Professors and an organizing member of the Coalition of Independent Professionals, organizations that have been formed during the October revolution.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 20, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Mohamed Mohamed
Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and The Palestine Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he majored in Political Science and completed his senior thesis on statelessness and its practical implications on Palestinians living in the refugee camps of Lebanon. He also earned an M.A. in International Relations and an M.S. in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has written articles about Palestine issues that have been featured on Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, and others. Prior to joining The Jerusalem Fund, Mohamed campaigned and worked for a Palestinian-American city councilman and mayoral candidate in the city of Richardson, Texas.
 
We will speak live with Mohamed about the ongoing Israeli occupation and recent escalation of attacks on Gaza, and the US announcement that Israeli settlements are no longer considered a violation of international law.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Raed Jarrar
Iraqi-American political activist and blogger. He is the Executive Director for MENA at the Delahunt Group. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and he is also a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English.
  
We will speak live with Raed Jarrar about the ongoing protests and situation in Iraq, where more than 330 Iraqis were killed and more than 15,000 were wounded over the past three months.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 13, 2019

     
  Due to technical issues at KPFT Studios, we were unable to broadcast as normal, and ended up re-airing the October 23, 2019 program. 
 
Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

November 6, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Justen Hall.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

October 30, 2019

     
Topic:

ACC's Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) in Houston held its 24th Annual Unity and Friendship Gala on October 19, 2019, and it highlighted Iraq, The Dawn of Civilization. The Gala Chairs were Mrs. Luna Madi and Dr. Ghaidaa Makki. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Sally Mamdooh, award-winning reporter at KPRC-TV.
       
The ACC honorees were Dr. Issam Raad (2019 ACC Lifetime Achievement Award), Mrs. Wafa Abdin (2019 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award), and The Khudairi Group (2019 ACC Business Service Award).
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at the Gala, including the remarks of
Dr. Mahmoud Rabie, ACC President, Mrs. Luna Madi & Dr. Ghaidaa Makki, Gala Chairs, Dr. Ali Al Ameri, President of the Iraqi American Society in Houston, with a tribute to Iraq, Dr. Jamal Zahalka, former member of the Knesset (introduced by Alaa Aburahmeh), Dr. Issam Raad (introduced by Dr. Kamal Khalil), Mrs. Wafa Abdin (introduced by Saleh Al-Mohtaseb), and Mr. Aziz Khudairi (introduced be Subhi Khudairi).

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 23, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Ruth Ann Skaff
Ruth Ann Skaff serves on the organizing committee for the National Arab Orchestra’s first ever Houston performance that will be held in Houston on November 16, 2019. She also serves on the board of The Arab-American Educational Foundation. Previously, Ruth Ann has worked for a number of Arab American organizations including the ADC, AAI, ALSAC-St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Arab American National Museum.
   
Ruth Ann grew up in Houston. Her grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1880s from the Ottoman province of Greater Syria. Their ancestral villages are in Lebanon. She grew up in the heart of the Arab American community and developed a great love and appreciation for her rich cultural heritage.
       
We will speak with Ruth Ann about the National Arab Orchestra, and the upcoming performance in Houston featuring Abeer Nehme and the Houston Youth Arabic Choir, sponsored by several Houston Arab organizations.
      

   
 

2nd Segment: Maya Mikdashi
Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and a lecturer in the program in Middle East Studies at Rutgers University. She is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the war on terror, sexual difference, secularism, and state power in the contemporary Middle East from the vantage point of Lebanon. Maya received her PhD from Columbia University's Department of Anthropology. She is Co-Director of the award-winning documentary film About Baghdad, and assistant director of Arabs and Terrorism documentary series. She is Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, an independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, in addition to online platforms.
        
We will speak with Maya about the unprecedented protests in Lebanon where millions of all ages have been demonstrating across Lebanon for the past week and from across all religious and political groups. They are protesting against government corruption, lack of services, tax hikes, dire economic conditions, depressing electricity supply, austerity, and much more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 16, 2019

     
Topic: Arab Voices Needs Your Support
   
   
KPFT continues its Fall Fund Drive, and Arab Voices Needs Your Support. We are offering the following "Thank-You Gift" during this drive at the $100 pledge level:
    
"The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" DVD
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to portions of an interview we conducted previously with Professor Sut Jhally, executive producer of the film and also listen to portions of this film documentary/DVD.
 
About the Film: Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian te
rritory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. "The Occupation of the American Mind" takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel's increasingly right-wing policies.
     

Please call 713-526-5738 between 6 pm and 7 pm central time on Wednesday and support your commercial-free community radio station. You can also send email to info@ArabVoices.net with your name and the amount you'd like to pledge.
    
Thank you.
 
      


 Fall Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 9, 2019

     
Topic:

Re-Airing Portions of Previous Interviews with Melvin Goodman
Melvin Goodman is 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.
  
      
Because KPFT is currently in Fall Fund Drive, Arab Voices is offering the following books as a "Thank-You" Gift during this drive:
 
  • "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" book by Melvin Goodman - $100
  • "Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence" book by Melvin Goodman - $100
  • Both Books by Melvin Goodman - $150

Please consider a contribution to keep Arab Voices on KPFT. You can call during the show on Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm central time and pledge your support (713-526-5738), or send e-mail to ArabVoices@hotmail.com with your name and the amount you want to pledge.
      
Thank you.
  


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 2, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Ellen Siegel
Jewish American nurse, a longtime peace activist who has been a strong voice for justice for Palestinians for decades. Ellen serves on the advisory board of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), and works closely with the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational training known as Beit Atfal Assumoud (Lebanese NGO). Ellen Siegel was working in Gaza Hospital inside Sabra refugee camp in Lebanon during the Israeli massacre in Sabra & Shatila in September 1982 and witnessed the killing of thousands of Palestinian men, women, children and elderly, and testified before the Israeli Kahan Commission of Inquiry. Ellen returned to Lebanon each year after the massacre to participate in the commemorations.
   
We will speak with Ellen Siegel about the work she did in Lebanon as a nurse inside a Palestinian refugee camp; her eyewitness account of the Israeli massacre in Sabra & Shatila 37 years ago in Lebanon; the situation inside Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, and more.
   

   
Topic:

2nd Segment: Jehan Hakim
Chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, which advocates for ending the US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen by raising awareness and pushing legislation. Previously, she served as the Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus to support communities through educational programs, community organizing initiatives and empowerment and advocacy, and also served with the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals. Jehan is a Yemeni American based in California.
      
We will speak with Jehan Hakim about the crisis in Yemen as a result of the U.S.-supported Saudi-led war on Yemen, the current situation inside Yemen, efforts to stop the war, and what people can do to help end U.S. support for this war.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 25, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Robert Sparks.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

September 18, 2019

     
Topic:

PACC Gala with Keynote Speaker Saree Makdisi
    
The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC), held its 10th Anniversary Gala on September 14, 2019, in Houston, to celebrate its achievements and accomplishments over the years, and in appreciation of the organization’s sponsors and donors. The gala was held under the theme “Strengthening the community through unity”. over the years. The Gala was held under the theme “Strengthening the community through unity”.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at the Gala, including the keynote address on Palestine delivered by Saree Makdisi, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, and author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, who was introduced by Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston. We will also listen to the remarks of Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America, the recipient of this year’s Abu-Obaida Community Service Award, and the remarks of Abbas Yaacoubi, PACC board member, past president and one of its founders, Dr. Waleed Faris, PACC President, Muhammad Nabulsi, PACC board member, and Kareem El-Sadi with PACC.
 
The Gala was an amazing event, with nearly 400 people in attendance. The Gala chair was Muna Saqer, co-chair was Luna Madi, and the Mistress of Ceremonies was Nuzha Petro. In addition to the remarkable speakers, the Gala featured Palestinian folkloric performance by Alawdah Dabkeh School members, live traditional Palestinian music played by the talented brothers Muhammad and Hamzah Saadah, and an amazing national anthem and Mawtini performance by Muna Khalidi while Muhammad Saadah was playing the Oud. The gala also featured silent auction, authentic centerpieces of Palestinian clay water jars, a display of traditional Palestinian embroidered dresses, and entertainment by Jabour and Band.
 
One of the highlights of this year’s Gala, was the photo gallery with incredible pictures and powerful Photo Essays by Palestinian American established Photographer, Hanan Awad, narrating stories about Palestine with a series of photographs she took herself when she was in Palestine. Each photo essay tells a story of how occupation destroys identity and land. Hanan Awad is based in Edmond, Oklahoma, and has held multiple photo exhibitions in the U.S., Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 11, 2019

     
Guests/
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1st Segment: "How the VCHR is Preventing Israel Affinity Organizations from Politicizing K-12 Textbooks" by Kathy Drinkard
   
We will air today the remarks of Kathy Drinkard on the topic "How the VCHR is Preventing Israel Affinity Organizations from Politicizing K-12 Textbooks". Kathy Drinkard is chair of the Ministry for Middle East Peace and Justice at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield, VA, and a retired teacher and elementary school counselor. She’s long been concerned about the suffering in the Palestinian territories, and has been involved with her church on the issue for more than a decade. She’s traveled to the region four times, most recently Fall 2018, a trip she helped plan. During her second trip, she spent 10 days in Nablus visiting an Anglican congregation which is in partnership with her church. Her third trip was to participate in the seminar “Faith in the Face of Empire,” sponsored by Rev. Mitri Raheb and Bright Stars of Bethlehem.
       
Drinkard delivered those remarks at The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference held on March 22, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
         

   
 

2nd Segment: Sam Husseini on the Iraq War Lies Exposed in the New Film "Official Secrets"
  

Sam Husseini is a senior analyst and director of communications with the Institute for Public Accuracy. He has written widely on politics, foreign affairs, public policy, media, and culture. His writing is regularly published by Consortium News, CounterPunch, TruthDig and other outlets. He’s a contributing writer with The Nation and has been published in the Washington Post, USA Today and other large circulation print outlets. He’s appeared on CNN, “Good Morning America,” MSNBC and FNC as well as many independent outlets. Prior to joining IPA, Husseini was media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He founded The Washington Stakeout and VotePact.org.
      
We will speak live with Sam Husseini about the Iraq war lies exposed in the new film "Official Secrets" that opened nationally this week including in Houston, and described by Sam Husseini as the "Tip of Mammoth Iceberg".
 
"Official Secrets" is a remarkably accurate Hollywood account of how British spy Katharine Gun (played by Keira Knightley) attempted to stop the invasion of Iraq by exposing a top secret NSA document proving the U.S. and British governments were spying on other UN members to bully and blackmail their way to a UN authorization for war.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 4, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Billy Crutsinger.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

August 28, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:
1st Segment: Dennis Johnson
 
Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. 2020 Census. We will speak live with Dennis about the upcoming 2020 Census, its importance, who will be counted, changes/what's new to the 2020 Census, important dates, 2020 Census jobs, and more.
   
   
 

2nd Segment: Khaled Elgindy
Nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and a founding board member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association. He previously served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations held throughout 2008. He is author of the newly released book "Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump", and co-author of "The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East". Prior to that, Elgindy spent nine years in various political and policy-related positions in Washington, D.C., both inside and outside the federal government, including as a professional staff member on the House International Relations Committee in 2002 and as a policy analyst for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2000 to 2002. He served as the political action coordinator for the Arab American Institute from 1998 to 2000 and as Middle East program officer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs from 1995 to 1997.
    
We will speak live with Khaled Elgindy about his new book "Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump".

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 21, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Larry Swearingen.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

August 14, 2019

     
Topic:

In Memoriam: Arab Voices Interview with Former Congressman Paul Findley
 
Former Congressman Paul Findley (R-IL), passed away on August 9, 2019, at the age of 98. He served in the United States Congress for 22 years representing central Illinois.
 
Findley was an advocate for Palestinian rights for nearly half a century, and one of the few who spoke against the Israel lobby in the United States. He was targeted by the Israel lobby and was pushed out of Congress in 1982. Paul Findley was co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Council for the National Interest, and was also a founding director of If Americans Knew.
 
Mr. Findley is the author of the best-selling book They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby. This was the first book to expose the power of the Israel lobby throughout the United States: in Congress, academia, and the press. He is also the author of Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the U.S.-Israeli Relationship, and Silent No More: Confronting America's False Images of Islam.
 
Arab Voices had interviewed Paul Findley live on the program in April 2006 and talked about the Israel lobby in the U.S., the impact of the Israel lobby on the US foreign policy, Zionist Christians, why fewer congresspeople speak out about the Israel lobby, intimidation by the Israel lobby against congresspeople, his book They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby, and more!
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will re-air the interview we conducted with former Congressman Paul Findley.

Because KPFT is currently in Summer Fund Drive, Arab Voices will be offering Congressman Paul Findley's book They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby during the show today as a Thank-You Gift for $100.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 7, 2019

     
Guests/
Topic:

Ahmad Awad and Astha Sharma Pokharel
  

From Palestine Legal

Students at Fordham University won a landmark legal victory this week when a judge ruled that Fordham University violated its own rules in prohibiting the formation of a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club. The Court annulled Fordham’s decision to deny SJP club status, finding it arbitrary and capricious.
  
We will speak live about that with Ahmad Awad, one of the five students who filed the lawsuit in April 2017 against Fordham University, and Astha Sharma Pokharel, one of the attorneys who worked on this case. Astha Sharma Pokharel is a Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on international human rights, corporate accountability, Palestine solidarity, and abusive immigration practices.
 
The students were represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and cooperating counsel Alan Levine. They have taken on that case and filed the lawsuit on behalf of the five students. This lawsuit is the first major legal win for campus Palestine activists in the US.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 31, 2019

     
Guest:

Josh Ruebner
Senior Principal at Progress Up Consulting. Josh has two decades of experience as an analyst for Congressional Research Service and as a policy director for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a national nonprofit working on progressive foreign policy issues. In those roles, Josh learned the ins-and-outs of Capitol Hill and how to best communicate with Congress to create policy change. Josh has written dozens of high-impact policy papers, has written policy-related op-eds in publications such as The Hill, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Times, and discussed policy issues on TV channels such as C-SPAN, ABC, and NBC. Josh is also the author of two acclaimed books on policy issues, "Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State?" and "Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace".
  

   
Topic:

We will speak live with Josh Ruebner about the non-binding US House of Representatives resolution (H.Res.246) that passed by a vote of 398-17 on July 23, 2019, condemning people for exercising their constitutional right to engage in boycotts in support of Palestinian rights. We will talk about BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, and H.Res.496, introduced on July 16, 2019, by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. We will also talk about the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, home d