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2019 marks the 17th anniversary for Arab Voices on KPFT!


     
 

Outstanding Arab Media Award
 
Arab Voices Executive Producer and Host, Said, received the 2017 Outstanding Arab Media Award at the annual Arab American Cultural & Community Center's (ACC) Unity & Friendship Gala, held on Friday, December 8, 2017.

 
 

 

 

  

  
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Date:

December 5, 2018

     
Topics/
Guest:

1st Segment: Marc Lamont Hill's UN Remarks
Marc Lamont Hill is an American 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.
   
Professor Hill was fired from his position as a commentator for CNN last week, one day after he called for equal rights for all in historic Palestine in a speech he delivered on November 28, 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. Furthermore, there is currently an escalating campaign calling on Temple University to fire Professor Marc Lamont Hill from his position at the university.
    
During the 1st segment of the show today, we will air Dr. Marc Lamont Hill's entire remarks delivered at the United Nations.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Dima Khalidi
Founder and Director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Her work includes providing legal advice to activists, engaging in advocacy to protect their rights to speak out for Palestinian rights, and educating activists and the public about the repression of Palestine advocates. Dima worked with CCR as a cooperating attorney on the Mamilla Cemetery Campaign, drafting a Petition to United Nations officials to act against the desecration of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. She also worked on numerous cases that sought to hold Israeli officials and corporations accountable for Israeli violations of international law, including Belhas v. Ya’alon, Matar et al. v. Dichter and Corrie v. Caterpillar, as well as on CCR’s Guantanamo Bay docket. Prior to studying law, Dima worked at Birzeit University, heading a research project on the role of informal justice mechanisms in the Palestinian legal system. She has advocated on Palestinian rights issues in various media forums.
 
We will speak live with Dima Khalidi about Dr. Marc Lamont Hill's remarks at the UN, CNN's decision to fire Hill and the escalating campaign calling on Temple University to fire professor Hill after his UN remarks, the false accusations against professor Hill, and the legality of firing him from CNN and possibly Temple University and how that would violate the first amendment. We will also speak with Dima Khalidi about the Israel Anti-Boycott Act that might be snuck into a must-pass, year-end appropriations bill in the U.S. Senate, and Kenneth Marcus, Trump’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education proposal to redefine anti-Semitism to include speech that criticizes Israel!

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 28, 2018

     
Topic:

ACC's Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) in Houston held its Annual Unity and Friendship Gala on October 13, 2018, and it highlighted the Culture and People of Palestine. The Gala Chairs were Mrs. Abla Amin and Dr. Rania Elkhatib. The Mistress of Ceremonies was international comedian, Mona Aburmishan.
       
The ACC honorees were Dr. Osama and Dr. Lilian Gaber (2018 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award for Nora's Home), Dr. Ussama Makdisi (2018 ACC Lifetime Achievement Award), and Baker Hughes-Middle East Network Group (2018 ACC Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award).
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at the Gala, including the remarks of
Dr. Faiza Zalila, ACC President, Dr. Abed Takriti, introducing and highlighting the people and culture of Palestine, Dr. Rezik Saqer, Palestinian American Cultural Center past president, Dr. Ussama Makdisi (introduced by Dr. Abed Takriti), Dr. Osama and Dr. Lilian Gaber (introduced by Dr. Waleed Gaber), and Derek Mathieson with Baker Hughes (introduced by Dr. Faiza Zalila).  

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 21, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Lauren Booth (in London)
British journalist and broadcaster who has presented series for amongst others: BBC Radio London, British Muslim TV, Press TV and the Islam Channel. She publishes articles across a wide platform and continues to tour internationally as a public speaker. Her talks focus on human rights, Islamophobia in the media, Palestinian justice and her own conversion to Islam. Booth is author of the newly released book "Finding Peace in the Holy Land: A British Muslim Memoir". Lauren Booth is the sister-in-law of the former British prime minister Tony Blair.
 
We will speak with Lauren Booth (in London) about her newly released book "Finding Peace in the Holy Land: A British Muslim Memoir", her conversion to Islam, Islamophobia, her experience in Palestine, and more.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Alex McDonald
Founder of Texas Coalition for Human Rights that was formed in September 2018 to counter the new proposed changes by Texas State Board of Education to Texas school curriculum. Alex is an Internet marketer and business consultant in Houston, Texas. He visited occupied Palestine and Israel in May 2017 with an interfaith peace group. As an American, he is very concerned about the active role his country has in oppressing the Palestinian people and supporting the violation of human rights. In June 2018 he was part of the ground crew for the 2018 Freedom Flotilla for the Norwegian fishing boat Al Awda (The Return) in La Rochelle, France and was a crew member for one week in Northern France onboard the Mairead.
  
We will speak with Alex about the proposed changes to Texas school curriculum by the Texas State Board of Education, in which there were sections that asked students to "explain how Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict.” It also focused exclusively on Islamic terrorism without mentioning other religious terrorism or state terrorism. We will talk about the efforts initiated by the coalition he founded, Texas Coalition for Human Rights, including over 100 public comments, several written statements and oral testimonies (we will air some of them today) at the Texas State Board of Education hearing held on November 13, 2018 that actually caused the board to change the original proposed changes, especially on Palestine and Israel.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 14, 2018

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 14, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Robert Ramos.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
   
           

 
          

Date:

November 7, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Laila Mokhiber
Director of Communications at UNRWA USA, a nonprofit agency that supports the work of the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). Prior to joining UNRWA USA, Laila worked at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Both positions illustrate Laila’s passions: humanitarian concern for the people of Palestine and the fight for social justice.
 
We will speak live with Laila about the UNRWA, the impact of the recent funding cut by the US administration to UNRWA, the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza and
Gaza's mental health crisis, UNRWA USA and the work it does, and the upcoming Houston Gaza 5K + Dabke Party, scheduled for November 17, 2018.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Kathy Kelly
Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. She is founder of Voices in the Wilderness, and previously served as coordinator of Iraq Peace Team. Kathy had visited Iraq many times, as well as Afghanistan and the occupied Palestinian territories (in one of her trips, she was shot at by Israeli snipers). In 2011, Kelly 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 (2005)", and has been repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
We will speak live with Kathy Kelly about the war on Yemen.
Kathy is currently in New York, along with others, holding protests across from the U.N, "calling for an end to U.S. support for and participation in the Saudi-led coalition's war against Yemen and calling on all of the warring parties to stop the war and help address the dire near-famine conditions sparked by continued attacks." Kathy Kelly has regularly written about the consequences of the U.S.-supported war in Yemen. See her recent piece "U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen."

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 31, 2018

     
Guest/
Topic:

Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Founder and director of the Israeli human rights organization “Torat Tzedek-Torah of Justice”. Previously, he led and served as president and senior rabbi of “Rabbis For Human Rights” organization for 21 years. In 2015, Rabbi Ascherman was attacked by a knife-wielding Israeli settler in the West Bank while trying to stop a group of Israeli settlers from setting fire to Palestinian olive trees. Rabbi Ascherman has been recognized for his human rights work and has been featured in several documentary films, including the 2010 “Israel vs Israel.”
  
Rabbi Arik Ascherman
will be in Houston speaking about his work to prevent the destruction of Negev Bedouin villages and the villages of Khan Al-Ahmar and Susya in the West Bank. He will also reflect more broadly on the structure of power in Israel and whether Israel can still be called a democracy. This event will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12 noon at the Fireside Room, First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St., Houston 77004.
   


 Fall Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 24, 2018

     
Guest/
Topic:

Rami Khouri
Senior public policy fellow and journalism professor at American University of Beirut, non-resident senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, internationally syndicated political columnist, and book author. He often comments on Mideast issues in the international media, and lectures frequently at conferences and universities throughout the world.
  
We will speak live with Rami Khouri about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi journalist and author, and a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist, who was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018, and why this murder received huge attention and media coverage in the U.S. and around the globe while the killings of so many in Yemen, Syria, Palestine, and other places is getting almost no mention! We will also talk about the impact of this murder and
 its aftermath on the region and globally, the U.S.-Turkey-Saudi relations, and more.
     
             


 Fall Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 17, 2018

     
Topic:

Affirmation for an Inclusive Jerusalem at the "Jerusalem: What makes for Peace?" Houston Conference!
 
On October 11, 2018, key faith leaders from across the U.S. gathered at the "Jerusalem: What makes for Peace?" conference held in Houston, Texas, USA, to advance the vision of an inclusive, diverse, and equitable Jerusalem. The U.S. Christian Leadership Summit issued a statement by the four sponsoring organizations of The Jerusalem Conference: Bright Stars of Bethlehem, National Council of Churches, Churches for Middle East Peace, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air some of the conference remarks by the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, President of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, as well as the final statement issued at the conference.
 
             


 Fall Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 10, 2018

     
Topic:

Arab American Poetry & Nonfiction Readings by Hayan Charara, Fady Joudah, and Hosam Abul Ela
 

The Arab Am erican Cultural & Community Center (ACC) held several events in Houston in April 2018 during the Fifth Annual Arab Heritage Month. One of those events was the Arab American Poetry & Non-fiction Readings and Conversation.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Distinguished Arab American writers Dr. Hayan Charara and Dr. Fady Joudah who read excerpts from a selection of their works at the ACC's American Poetry & Non-fiction Readings event, followed by a conversation with Dr. Hosam Abul Ela, Associate Professor at the University of Houston English department.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 3, 2018

     
Guest:

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
President of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and founding President of Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Former Senior Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and the most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author of 17 books most recently including, The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine, and Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes. A civic leader and social entrepreneur, Dr. Raheb has founded numerous organizations and serves on many regional and international boards. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Raheb has been widely featured on international media outlets including CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC, PBS, The Economist, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and 60 minutes. Dr. Raheb holds a Doctorate in Theology from Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.
  

   
Topics:

We will speak live with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb about Palestinian Christians, the ongoing Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the effect of the Israeli occupation on access to religious sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the importance of Jerusalem and Bethlehem to Christians and other faiths, the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the relations with other Christians outside Palestine and other faith communities, the role of the churches in the U.S., Europe and other countries, steps to bring a lasting peace and an end to the Israeli occupation, and much more!
 
We will also talk about the upcoming "Jerusalem: What Makes for Peace?" Conference that will be held in Houston on October 11, 2018, followed by the "Room for Hope Palestinian Festival". Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will be in Houston participating in both the conference and festival.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 26, 2018

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, September 26, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Troy Clark.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
   
           

 
          

Date:

September 19, 2018

     
Guest:

Diana Buttu (in Palestine)
Analyst, former legal advisor to Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), who also served as legal advisor to the PLO in its negotiations with Israel, and a policy advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Diana Buttu is a lawyer specializing in negotiations, international law, and international human rights law, based in Ramallah, Palestine.

   
Topic:

We will speak with Diana (in Palestine) about the failed Oslo Accord that was signed 25 years ago this month between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel, why it failed, the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine, the U.S. stance towards Palestine and its recent 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 will also talk about what options Palestinians should pursue, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 12, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: "Is the U.S. Ramping up its Military Presence in Syria and Preparing to Attack Iran for Israel?" by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
We will air today the remarks of Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on the topic "Is the U.S. Ramping up its Military Presence in Syria and Preparing to Attack Iran for Israel?".
  
He delivered those remarks at The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference held on March 2, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Alison Weir
Founder and Executive Director of If Americans Knew and President of the Council for the National Interest. She is the author of "Against Our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel". Her essays and articles have appeared in a number of books, magazines, and newspapers. Weir speaks widely throughout the country. Since early 2001 she has given hundreds of presentations, including two briefings on Capitol Hill, speeches at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, the National Press Club, and at various universities. She has spoken at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, numerous Rotary Clubs, churches, libraries, and other community venues. In addition, she has been invited to give papers at international conferences, including lectures at the Asia Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur for three straight years. A top level British attendee termed her speech "the most brilliant of the entire conference." In 2004, Weir was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society. The award cited her as a: "Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history."
  
We will speak live with Alison about 2 bills being voted on today in Congress: (1) The largest aid package in U.S. history ($38 billion) to Israel, and (2) A bill for a special envoy who will monitor criticism of Israel worldwide!

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 5, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: "Jerusalem: What Makes For Peace?" Conference
We will speak live with both Rev. Stephen Quill and Rev. Dr. Duane Larson (both have visited Palestine) about the upcoming Historic Conference on Jerusalem that will be held at the University of Houston on October 11, 2018 titled "Jerusalem: What Makes For Peace?", and the Palestinian Festival that will follow the conference and will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston.

  

   
 

The Rev. Stephen Quill
Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1972 and has served in the Greater Houston area since 1979. He previously served Hope Lutheran Church as the Associate Pastor, and then accepted a call to Peace Lutheran Church in Cedar Park, Texas, where he helped the new congregation grow into a strong parish. In 1979, he was called to a 4 year old congregation – New Hope Lutheran Church in Missouri City, Texas, and has served that congregation as it lead pastor for 27 years. In 2008, he began a non-profit ministry called TRUTH (Travels Revealing: Understanding, Trust, Hope). He also serves on several boards and committees in the Greater Houston area. Rev. Quill has led four trips to Palestine over the last 12 years. He is the Texas representatives for Bright Stars of Bethlehem that is sponsoring the Jerusalem Conference.
   

   
 

The Rev. Dr. Duane Larson
Senior Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, and teaches as an adjunct member of the Comparative Cultural Studies Department of the University of Houston. He previously served as President and Professor of Systematic Theology of Wartburg Theological Seminary, and was Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Has published 4 books and dozens of articles; much activity with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), especially on ecumenical and inter-religious matters. The Rev. Dr. Larson has visited Palestine and is the Houston voice for promoting the upcoming conference on Jerusalem in Houston.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Kristin Foss (in Palestine)
Norwegian Peace Activist and volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who was shot twice in one week last month (in her abdomen on August 19 and in her ankle on August 24) by the Israeli occupation soldiers in the Palestinian village of Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank near the city of Nablus.

We will speak with Kristin about her experience in occupied Palestine and being shot twice by the Israeli occupation soldiers in one week, and the work she does in Palestine.

   
           

 
          

Date:

August 29, 2018

     
Topic:

"1918: The End of the Great War in the Middle East and the Genesis of a Century of Conflict" by Professor Eugene Rogan
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and The Arab-American Education Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston held the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies on February 1, 2018, at the University of Houston. The lecture was titled "1918: The End of the Great War in the Middle East and the Genesis of a Century of Conflict", and the speaker was Professor Eugene Rogan.
       
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Professor Rogan's lecture on "
1918: The End of the Great War in the Middle East and the Genesis of a Century of Conflict".
 

Eugene Rogan (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History and Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. In 2017, he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy, the highest academic honor in the United Kingdom. His books include Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire, for which he received the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the Fuad Köprülü Prize of the Turkish Studies Association; The Arabs: A History, which was a bestselling work translated in ten languages and was named as one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. Most recently, Professor Rogan has published The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East which was selected as an Economist book of the year for 2015 and a Telegraph best book of the year for 2015.

   
           

 
          

Date:

August 22, 2018

     
Topics:

Arab Voices Interview with Uri Avnery
A couple of days ago, on Monday, August 20, 2018, Uri Avnery passed away in Tel Aviv at the age of 94. Uri Avnery was an Israeli peace activist, journalist, writer, author, former member of the Israeli Knesset, founding member of Gush Shalom (the Israeli peace bloc), and founding member of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.
 
Arab Voices had interviewed Uri Avnery a few times over the years, and today we will air one of the interviews we conducted with him during one of Israel’s wars on Gaza
   

   
 

U.S. Military Actions in Syria
Last year on August 8, 2017, a coalition of six organizations (Veterans For Peace, The Nation magazine, RootsAction.org, Watchdog.net, World Beyond War, Daily Kos) held a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and called on the U.S. to remove all military aircrafts from the Syrian airspace. The speakers argued that the U.S. military role in Syria is illegal and immoral and addressed concerns that “global policing” and intervention in Syria is an unwinnable military strategy. The speakers included:
   
John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower
Matthew Hoh, Former State Department official
Christie Edwards, Chair of the ASIL Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict and an advisor to the Center for Civilians in Conflict on international humanitarian, human rights, and gender issues
David Swanson, Author and Director of World Beyond War
Norman Solomon, Co-Founder and Coordinator for RootsAction.org
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to portions of the news conference and some of the questions and answers that followed.

   
           

 
          

Date:

August 15, 2018

     
Topics:

1st Segment: "Challenging the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act"
We will air today the remarks of Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Michael R. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History and an associate professor of history at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, on the
topic  "Challenging the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act".
  
He delivered those remarks at The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference held on March 2, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
            

   
 

2nd Segment: "The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban"
Making Contact, an award-winning weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland, produced a new segment titled “The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban”: After the US Supreme Court's ruling on Trump’s travel ban, we’ll discuss how the new order impacts people from affected, Muslim-majority countries. We also talk about what's different about the new ban and how to fight it. We begin with the story of a woman who was in flight to the US when President Trump signed his first travel ban.
   
Featuring:
Nisrin Abdelrahman, Stanford PhD Student in Anthropology
Zahar Billo, Civil Rights Attorney and Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
      
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to
“The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban” segment.

   
           

 
          

Date:

August 8, 2018

     
Guest/
Topics:

Joe Meadors
Survivor of the deliberate 1967 deadly Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, and kidnapped last week by Israel from the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla!
  
Joe Meadors was a U.S. Navy Signalman 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 survived that deliberate and deadly attack.
 
In 2018, Joe Meadors was the U.S. delegate on the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla and was on board Al-Awda ship carrying urgently needed medical supplies to Gaza (one of four 2018 freedom flotilla ships) that sailed to break the illegal Israeli siege and military blockade on 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. Israel illegally detained and jailed Joe Meadors for several days before deporting him to the United States. He arrived back to the U.S. last week, on August 1, 2018. Few days later, on August 3, 2018, Israel also attacked another Freedom Flotilla boat, Freedom, in international waters, hijacked it and kidnapped everyone on board!
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will speak live with Joe Meadors about his eyewitness accounts and experiences with Freedom Flotilla and the USS Liberty.

   
           

 
          

Date:

August 1, 2018

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Ahed & Nariman Tamimi Remarks
Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year old Palestinian teenager who was taken from her house in Nabi Saleh village in the occupied West Bank in Palestine by the Israeli occupation soldiers in December 2017, was released from Israeli occupation jail along with her mother, Nariman Tamimi after spending 8 months inside the jail.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to portions of what Ahed and Nariman Tamimi said at a press conference held after they were released from the Israeli occupation jail.
      

   
 

2nd Segment: Col. Ann Wright with Feedom Flotilla
Al Awda (The Return) boat (part of Freedom Flotilla) that tried to break illegal Israeli blockade and siege on the Gaza Strip to deliver much needed medical supplies, was intercepted while in international waters by the Israeli occupation forces who also attacked some of the participants, and was then hijacked and prevented from reaching Gaza! Many of the 22 participants that were on-board Al Awda boat are still being held unlawfully in Israeli occupation jails. Al Awda boat is being followed by the Swedish-flagged yacht Freedom, which is also carrying medical supplies along with people from a number of nations.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will speak live with Col. Ann Wright (currently in Houston) about Freedom Flotilla. Ann was with the Gaza Flotilla in Sicily in Europe, and just came back to the U.S. She is with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, which has organized a number of boats to get relief to Palestinians in the Israeli-controlled Gaza Strip. Wright is a retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel, a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, and one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in protest of the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

   
           

 
          

Date:

July 25, 2018

     
Guests/
Topic:

Live from on-board Freedom Flotilla (in international waters)
Today, we will speak live via satellite-phone with
Zohar Chamberlain Regev and Charlie Andreasson, two participants on-board Freedom Flotilla which is now sailing international waters on its way to challenge and break the illegal and cruel blockade and siege on Gaza. Three boats are sailing with boxes of medical supplies: Al Awda (The Return), a large converted fishing vessel; Freedom to Gaza, a large sailing vessel; and Falestine, a smaller sailing vessel. The flotilla, which has been organized by the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition under the slogan "Just Future For Palestine (JFP) campaign", includes nearly 40 activists on board.
             
 


 Summer Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

July 18, 2018

     
Guest/
Topic:

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


 Summer Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

July 11, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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


 Summer Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

July 4, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

June 27, 2018

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

 
          

Date:

June 20, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

June 13, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

June 6, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 30, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

             
   

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 23, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 16, 2018

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

 
          

Date:

May 9, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

May 2, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

April 25, 2018

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

 
          

Date:

April 18, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

April 11, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

April 4, 2018

     
Topics:

 

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 28, 2018

     
Topic:

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 21, 2018

     
Guests/
Topic:

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

 


 Spring Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 14, 2018

     
Guest/
Topic:

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


KPFT continues its Spring Fund Drive, and Arab Voices Needs Your Support to raise $1,500. We are offering the following "Thank-You" Gifts 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)
     

  • "Ralph Nader: Empowering People in the Trump Era" DVD $100
     

  • "All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone" DVD $100
     

  • "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" DVD $120

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.
 


 Spring Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

March 7, 2018

     
 

KPFT continues its Spring Fund Drive, and Arab Voices Needs Your Support to raise $1,500. We are offering the following "Thank-You" Gifts during this drive:

  • "Ralph Nader: Empowering People in the Trump Era" DVD $100
     

  • "All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone" DVD $100
     

  • "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" DVD $120

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.
 


 Spring Fund Drive

   
           

 
          

Date:

February 28, 2018

     
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

February 21, 2018

     
Topic:

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

February 14, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

February 7, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

January 31, 2018

     
Guest:

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

   
Topic:

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

January 24, 2018

     
Topic:

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

   
           

 
          

Date:

January 17, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
        

 
          

Date:

January 10, 2018

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

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

   
        

 
          

Date:

January 3, 2018

     
Topic: 

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

   
        

 
          

Date:

December 27, 2017

     
Topic: 

"Jerusalem: Communities Leading Change" by Fayrouz Sharqawi
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held an event titled "Jerusalem: Communities Leading Change" on November 7, 2017. The guest speaker was Fayrouz Sharqawi, Advocacy Director at Grassroots Jerusalem. In her talk, Fayrouz explains the specific and unique political reality that Palestinians face in the city of Jerusalem. She discusses the recent movement for Al Aqsa and the necessity of organizations like Grassroots Jerusalem to build a cohesive political platform through which Jerusalemites can voice their demands and bring attention to the indigenous and independent Palestinian economy outside of the international aid and NGO system.
  
Today, on Arab Voices, we will listen to that talk and some of the questions and answers that followed.
 
Fayrouz Sharqawi is the Advocacy Director at Grassroots Jerusalem and has a broad and experienced understanding of development and resistance under occupation. Ms. Sharqawi’s tours of the city focus not only on the political reality, but also on the potential that lies in the Palestinian economy in Jerusalem, demonstrating the unity of communities across divides, and attempting to cultivate direct support and solidarity to Palestinian initiatives in Jerusalem.

   
       

 
          

Date:

December 20, 2017

     
Topic: 

1st Segment: Issa Amro (in Hebron, occupied Palestine)
Palestinian activist and human rights defender based in Hebron, occupied Palestine. He is the 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. He has spoken at the UN Human Rights Council regular session at three different occasions. Issa was arrested numerous times by the Israeli occupation army, and was indicted by the Israeli military court with 18 charges against him. In May 2017, Bernie Sanders along with 3 U.S. Senators and 32 Congressmen wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 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 DC.
  
We will speak with Issa Amro (in Hebron) about the situation in occupied Palestine, the recent kidnapping and jailing of Ahed Tamimi, 16-year-old Palestinian girl along with her mother and other relatives, President Trump's decision on Jerusalem, and much more.
      

   
 

2nd Segment: Tarek Abuata
Palestinian Christian born and raised in Bethlehem, occupied Palestine (the birth place of Jesus Christ). He is the Executive Director of FOSNA, Friends of Sabeel North America, a nonprofit Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. Tarek was Executive Director at Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, and has also served as Executive Director at Love Thy Neighbor. In addition, he worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT); United Palestine Appeal; Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation; and the Negotiations Support Unit of the Palestinian Authority. Tarek holds a JD from the University of Texas Law School and is licensed to practice law in Texas and DC.
    
We will speak with Tarek about Christians in Palestine and their suffering under the Israeli occupation, the situation there especially as we get closer to Christmas, President Trump's decision on Jerusalem and Christian reaction to it, and much more.

   
      

 
          

Date:

December 13, 2017

     
Topic: 

1st Segment: Remarks from Houston's Emergency Rally: Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine
Hundreds of people participated in the "Emergency Rally: Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine" rally that was held in Houston on Saturday, December 9, 2017. It was a protest against President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and his plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The rally was organized by several organizations including Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston. Participants marched from the corner of Post Oak and Westheimer to the Water Wall in the Galleria area, and held a candlelight vigil.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at the rally by individuals and representatives from various organizations.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Zaha Hassan
Middle East Fellow at New America, A human rights lawyer and former coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during Palestine’s bid for UN membership (2010-2012). She is a member of Al Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, and is a contributor to the Hill and Ha’aretz. Her political commentary and analysis has been published by the New York Times, CNN, Salon, the Oregonian, the Detroit News, and other outlets. She is the former cohost of the Portland, Ore.-based radio show, One Land Many Voices, on KBOO 90.7 FM.
 
We will speak live with Zaha about President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We will talk about the occupation of Jerusalem and the situation there.

   
      

 
     
 

2017 Outstanding Arab Media Award
  December 8, 2017
  
Arab Voices Executive Producer and Host, Said, received the 2017 Outstanding Arab Media Award at the annual Arab American Cultural & Community Center's (ACC) Unity & Friendship Gala, held on Friday, December 8, 2017.
     

 
 

Said has received several awards and recognitions over the years including:

  • "2017 ACC Outstanding Arab Media Award" from the Arab American Cultural & Community Center
     
  • “2017 Certificate of Appreciation” from the Arabic Language Institute
     
  • “2016 Award for Sincere Dedication & Exemplary Service; and recognition as a Friend of Humanity” from Helping Hand for Relief and Development
     
  • “2015 Appreciation Award for Support to the Palestinian Community” from Houston Palestine Film Festival
     
  • “2012 Justice in Media Award for Fair, Accurate, and Inclusive Media Representation of Minorities” from the Council on American-Islamic Relations
     
  • “2012 Award for Outstanding Services to the Community” from the Palestinian American Cultural Center
 
 

 
   
          

Date:

December 6, 2017

     
Topic: 

1st Segment: Walid Khalidi's Keynote Address on Jerusalem at the United Nations
World-renowned Palestinian historian and Scholar (born in Jerusalem); General Secretary and co-founder of the Institute for Palestine Studies; and author of numerous books and articles.
 
We will listen to professor Khalidi's keynote address on Jerusalem delivered at the UN Headquarters. He gave a historic overview of the history of Jerusalem (including Islam's relationship to its Judaic and Christian antecedents) saying that there had been no conflicts between Islam and Judaism over the city until the advent of Zionism. He also talked about the 1947 UN resolution, and the transformation of the city since its conquest in 1967. Khalidi ends his talk by outlining what he sees as the "pillars" of an honorable and peaceful solution for Jerusalem.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Ali Abunimah
Co-founder and Executive Director of the award-winning and widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Abunimah is a media commentator, an expert on Palestine and the Palestinian-Israeli problem, and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, and One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.
 
We will speak live with Ali about President Trump's plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the impact of such a move.

   
      

 
          

Date:

November 29, 2017

     
Topics: 

1st Segment: Abdel Razzaq Takriti on “Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism" Conference

We will speak with Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston about the upcoming “Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism" conference that will take place Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd at Rice University and the University of Houston.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: "Viewing Israel-Palestine Through the Lens of Settler-Colonialism" by Ilan Pappé
   
We will air today a speech titled "Viewing Israel-Palestine Through the Lens of Settler-Colonialism" by Ilan Pappé, Professor of History and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK, and author of several books. In that speech, delivered at the Israel Lobby And American Policy Conference held earlier this year in Washington, D.C., Pappé discusses the value of viewing Israel-Palestine through the lens of settler-colonialism, how Zionist myths have been shaped and/or perpetuated by the Israel lobby, and what framework is necessary to overcome these myths and ensure that efforts to resolve the "conflict" are grounded in reality.
 
NOTE: Ilan Pappé will be in Houston speaking at the University of Houston on Thursday, November 30, 2017 on the topic "Black November: The Role of Partition in Palestine's History and Destiny", organized by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston and sponsored by the Palestinian American Cultural Center. See Community Calendar for more details.

   
      

 
          

Date:

November 22, 2017

     
Guest: 

Rami Khouri
An internationally syndicated political columnist, book author and professor of journalism. He was the first director, and is now a senior public policy fellow, at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He also serves as a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School Middle East Initiative. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, and was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006. He teaches or lectures annually at the American University of Beirut and Northeastern University. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Princeton, Syracuse, The Fletcher School at Tufts, Northeastern, Denver, Oklahoma and Stanford universities, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. He is a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Arab East Jerusalem). He also serves on the Joint Advisory Board of the Northwestern University Journalism School in Doha, Qatar, Georgetown University’s Center for Regional and International Studies in Doha, Qatar, and recently completed a four-year term on the International Advisory Council of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and for 18 years was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, Jordan, where he also served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archaeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan, and often comments on Mideast issues in the international media. He has a BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University, NY, USA.
  

   
Topics: 

We will speak live with Rami about the recent internal domestic changes and crackdown in Saudi Arabia (are we witnessing real changes and an end to corruption, or is it about power grab and scare tactics); the surprise resignation announcement of Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri while in Saudi Arabia (on hold after his return to Lebanon); the boycott and blockade on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and others; the catastrophic situation in Yemen as a result of the Saudi-led war on the country; the latest on Syria and what is next; and more.

   
      

 
          

Date:

November 15, 2017

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 15, for a special Pacifica Radio Archives National Fund Drive that will air on all Pacifica stations in the US. Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
  
If you missed any of the previous 800+ shows, you can always check our archives section on this website to listen online and/or download the audio.
   
      

 
          

Date:

November 8, 2017

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 8, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Rubén Cárdenas.
 
Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
   
      

 
          

Date:

November 1, 2017

     
Guest: 

Alison Weir
Founder and Executive Director of If Americans Knew and President of the Council for the National Interest. She is the author of "Against Our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel". Her essays and articles have appeared in a number of books, magazines, and newspapers; among them The New Intifada, Censored 2005, The Encyclopedia on Israel-Palestine, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, San Francisco Bay View newspaper, CounterPunch, and The Link. Weir speaks widely throughout the country. Since early 2001 she has given hundreds of presentations, including two briefings on Capitol Hill, speeches at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, the National Press Club, and at universities such as Harvard Law School, Columbia, Stanford, UC Berkeley, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Vassar, and the Naval Postgraduate Institute. She has spoken at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, numerous Rotary Clubs, churches, libraries, and other community venues. In addition, she has been invited to give papers at international conferences, including lectures at the Asia Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur for three straight years. A top level British attendee termed her speech "the most brilliant of the entire conference." In 2004, Weir was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society. The award cited her as a: "Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history."
 

   
Topic: 

Thursday, November 2, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a pledge by Britain's foreign secretary at that time, Arthur Balfour, addressed to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a Zionist leader in the British Jewish community, to establish "a national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. Today on Arab Voices, we will speak live with Alison Weir about the Balfour Declaration, how did it come about, who wrote it and why, who was behind it, how it got implemented, the connections to the U.S. and World War I, its impact on the Palestinians over the past 100 years, and more!

   
                              

 
  
 
   

 

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