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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 Unity & Friendship Gala, one of several awards and recognitions he received over the years.

 
 

 

 

  

  
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Date:

 Wednesday, May 29, 2019
   

Time:

 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. central time
     

      
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Date:

May 22, 2019

     
Topic:

"Al-Nakba" and "The Occupation of the American Mind" Documentaries 

Today on Arab Voices, we will air different segments than what we aired last week of both "Al-Nakba" documentary and "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" documentary.
  
Because KPFT is currently in Spring Fund Drive, Arab Voices will be offering "Al-Nakba" DVD documentary as a "
Thank-You Gift" to those who pledge $150. We are also offering another DVD documentary titled "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" for $100, and both documentaries are available for $200.
 

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

    
Thank you.
        
      


 Spring Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 15, 2019

     
Topic:

71st Anniversary of Al-Nakba (The Catastrophe)
 
Today, May 15, 2019, marks the 71st anniversary of Al-Nakba (Arabic word for The Catastrophe), that's when Israel declared its independence on 78% of historic Palestine after wiping out more than 530 Palestinian villages and towns, killing thousands of Palestinians and forcing more than 850,000 Palestinians out of their homes. The Palestinians started referring to that as Al-Nakba, which actually started before 1948 and it continues to this day!
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will be talking about Al-Nakba, and also air portions of a special award-winning documentary, entitled "Al-Nakba".
  
And because KPFT is currently in Spring Fund Drive, Arab Voices will be offering "Al-Nakba" DVD documentary as a "
Thank-You Gift" to those who pledge $150. We are also offering another DVD documentary titled "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" for $100, and both documentaries are available for $200.
  
Please consider a contribution to keep Arab Voices on KPFT. You can call during the show on Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm central time and pledge your support (713-526-5738), or send e-mail to ArabVoices@hotmail.com with your name and the amount you want to pledge.
  
BTW, a few years ago, Pacifica Radio Network, produced a special documentary about Al-Nakba, to which I contributed, and it was aired on all Pacifica radio stations and their affiliates across the U.S. It was a collaboration between Arab Voices and several radio stations. This special documentary featured know experts, Palestinian politicians, elder survivors of the Nakba and their children and grand children, former detainees, reporters, and activists.

    
Thank you.
   
      


 Spring Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 8, 2019

     
Topic: Arab Voices Needs Your Support
   
   
KPFT continues its Spring Fund Drive, and Arab Voices Needs Your Support. We are offering the following "Thank-You Gift" during this drive at the $100 pledge level:
  
"The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" DVD We will air portions of this documentary on the show today.
     
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:

May 1, 2019

     
Guests

Bahia Amawi
Palestinian-American speech pathologist who has worked with the Pflugerville Independent School District (PFISD) in Austin, Texas for nine years. She has a master’s degree in speech pathology, and has specialized in evaluations for young children with language difficulties. Bahia is a U.S. citizen, who was born in Austria and has lived in the U.S. for the last 30 years, and has four U.S.-born American children.
    
In December 2018, Bahia Amawi filed a federal lawsuit against Pflugerville Independent School District and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating her First Amendment right of free speech
and challenging Texas Anti-BDS Act, H.B. 89., after she lost her job because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause. Bahia won her case on April 25, 2019 when a federal judge ruled that Texas law banning state contractors from boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment.
        
John T. Floyd
Criminal Defense Lawyer based in Houston, Texas, and a volunteer Civil Rights Lawyer for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR Houston). He is also a Board Member with CAIR Houston. John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been providing defense services to clients in federal and state courts for over twenty years.
  
John T. Floyd is the attorney representing Bahia Amawi, along with CAIR Legal Defense Fund, who filed the lawsuit
against Pflugerville Independent School District and Ken Paxton.
   

   
Topic:

We will speak live with both Bahia Amawi and John T. Flyed about last week's landmark court victory in Texas by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Legal Defense Fund in the First Amendment lawsuit filed on behalf of Bahia Amawi who lost her job because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause. We will talk about what happens next, and the plans to challenge 26 other states that have already passed unconstitutional anti-BDS laws.
 

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 24, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of John King.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

April 17, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment:  Khalil AbuSharekh
We will speak with Houston Palestine Film Festival's board member
, Khalil AbuSharekh, about the 13th annual Houston Palestine Film Festival (HPFF). The festival 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, including Alexandra Dol’s documentary “Beyond the Frontlines: Tales of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine,” which won the Sunbird Award for Best Documentary Film at the 2017 Palestine Cinema Days Festival. Beyond the Frontlines features Palestinian psychiatrist Dr. Samah Jabr who thoughtfully explores the psychological wounds of war and occupation borne by a resilient people intent on resisting. Alexandra Dols and Dr. Samah Jabr will both be present post-screening on the opening night of April 26 to engage the audience in a Q&A session.
 
The
Houston Palestine Film Festival will be held April 26 through May 4 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Rice University Media Center. Click here for more details and Program Lineup.
   
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Kamel Mohanna
Founder of Amel Association International (مؤسسة عامل الدولية), an independent nonprofit, non-confessional Lebanese organization dedicated to saving lives and generating a democratic and prosperous Lebanon, and a nominee for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, who dedicated his life to help the displaced, the sick and the abandoned. Dr. Kamel Mohanna was born in Khiyam village (South Lebanon) and spent his early life there. Marked by an arduous childhood facing poverty and inequality, he became a man with the courage to choose the right but challenging options instead of the easiest ones. Originally pediatrician, Dr. Kamel Mohanna strengthen his humanitarian commitment after the second Israeli invasion of South Lebanon (1978) when he founded the NGO Amel Association in collaboration with a group of doctors, teachers, journalists and intellectuals. During the war, Amel Association played a significant role providing relief and emergency response. Since then, the NGO has established a considerable network of dispensaries, clinics, medical centers, and a dedicated team of more than 800 volunteers and aid workers. Dr. Kamel Mohanna was honored with several titles recognizing his courage and humanitarian action in favor of the most vulnerable during the war. Among a long series of titles, he received the Order of Honor on behalf of President Jacques Chirac in 1998 for his long commitment to caring for the injured abroad and the Civil Peace and Human Rights Prize (Joseph and Laure Moghaizel Foundation) in collaboration with the UNDP Programme in 2006. During his career, Dr. Kamel Mohanna continued to practice pediatrics while teaching as a Professor at the University. As the General Coordinator of the Lebanese NGOs Network he gave rise to a nation-wide campaign entitled “Khallas”, a civil society initiative urging politicians to end the current deadlock in Lebanon.
 
We will speak live with Dr. Kamel Mohanna about his work and Amel Association International, that is providing many services to Lebanese, as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 10, 2019

     
Topic:

"The Early History of the Arab-American Community" by Professor Akram Khater
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 19, 2019, at the University of Houston. The lecture was titled "The Early History of the Arab-American Community", and the speaker was Professor Akram Khater.
       
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Professor Khater's lecture on "
The Early History of the Arab-American Community".
 

Akram Khater Ph.D. (UC Berkeley) is University Faculty Scholar, Professor of History, Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies, and Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921; A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa; and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East. He is the editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, has completed a 2012 PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina, was the senior curator for a museum exhibit on the same topic that opened on February 21, 2014, and was also the curator of the traveling exhibit, The Lebanese in America, which has toured six US cities, and will continue to tour through 2019.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 3, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Houston Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with Dr. Waleed Faris, President of the Palestinian American Cultural Center, organizer of the 9th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival, and Alma AlQuqa, senior festival committee member.
 
We will speak with them
about the 9th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival that will be held Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, 2019 at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street, in Houston.
This year, the festival will showcase the Palestinian cities lost in 1948, and it will include:
  
- A new and much larger downtown venue: Water Works at Buffalo Bayou
- An exciting cultural collaboration with Cafe Mawal
- Various Palestinian cuisine from local food vendors
- Cultural music and dance performances from all around Palestine
- Palestinian Pagentry where you watch and learn about Palestinian thobes
- Showcase of a traditional Palestinian wedding
- A larger kids entertainment section with extended hours
- A larger shopping Bazar to give you the ultimate shopping experience with a variety of vendors, such as Henna tattoos, embroidery, arts, clothing, home decor and much more
- And much more live entertainment
     

   
 

2nd Segment: National Arab American Heritage Month
A live conversation with  Sarah Kassis Izzat, a volunteer serving on the board of a special project with Arab America that was formed 3 years ago in order to unify efforts to achieve official recognition and awareness of Arab American heritage and culture throughout the country, and Ahmad Alaswad, Arab-American Cultural & Community Center Board Member, and Chief of Staff at the Office of Fort Bend County Commissioner Ken DeMerchant (the first Arab Chief of Staff in the greater Houston area).
    
We will speak with them about the National Arab American Heritage Month, that aims to educate and enlighten the public about Arab contributions to American culture and to combat the negative media portrayal of Arabs in the U.S. We will talk about the
proclamations issued nationwide by several states and various government officials and school boards, including locally the City of Houston (issued by Mayor Sylvester Turner), Houston Independent School District, Fort Bend Independent School District, Fort Bend County Commissioner, and Fort Bend County Judge, proclaiming the month of April as National Arab American Heritage Month. We will also talk about the events planned during the month of April by the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, and share some ideas and recommendations for others.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 27, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: John Quigley
Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, who is active in international human rights work. His numerous publications include books and articles on human rights, the United Nations, war and peace, east European law, African law, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He authored several books including The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict (2010), The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense: Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive War (2013), and The International Diplomacy of Israel’s Founders: Deception at the United Nations in the Quest for Palestine (2016). Professor Quigley participated in the fourth session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine - New York Session in 2012. In 1995 he was recipient of The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award. He formerly held the title of President’s Club Professor of Law.
   
We will speak live with professor Quigley about about President Trump's recognition of "Israel’s sovereignty" over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, and how that violates International Law. The Golan Heights is a Syrian land that has been occupied by Israel since 1967. In 1981, Israel annexed the Syrian Golan Heights, despite numerous United Nations resolutions calling on Israel to withdraw its occupation from the Syrian Golan Heights, and the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
 
     

   
 

2nd Segment: "U.S. Foreign Aid and the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program"
We will air today the remarks of Grant F. Smith, director of the Washington, DC-based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) on the topic "U.S. Foreign Aid and the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program". Smith is the author of the 2016 book Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America and Divert! Numec, Zalman Shapiro and the Diversion of U.S. Weapons-Grade Uranium Into the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program (2012). He has also written two histories of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department's Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government and Foreign Agents: AIPAC from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal. Smith’s reports about the Israel lobby and Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to reveal official U.S. policy on Israel’s nuclear program appear frequently in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and Antiwar.com news website.
    
"U.S. Foreign Aid and the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program" by Grant F. Smith
In 1969, the Department of Defense, intelligence community and Department of State recommended President Richard Nixon uphold the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and pressure the Israelis to stop their nuclear weapons program by withholding U.S. arms. U.S. deliberations considered Israel’s illegal diversion of U.S. weapons grade uranium. However, the Nixon administration adopted Israel’s policy of “ambiguity” toward Israel’s nukes. Why did this happen? How has “ambiguity” been maintained for a half century? What law governs U.S. foreign aid to non-NPT signatory nuclear countries, and how is this law continually subverted? How has the pattern of action leading to “ambiguity” been repeated in other key U.S. policy areas of interest to Israel and its lobby?
  
Smith delivered those remarks at The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference held on March 22, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
      

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 20, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: 5th Annual Lebanese Festival
A live conversation with Hiba Elroz, media chair for the Lebanese Festival and board member with the American Lebanese Cultural Center about the 5th Annual Lebanese Festival that will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 at Constellation Field, in Sugar Land, Texas, organized by the American Lebanese Cultural Center in Houston.
 
There will be delicious food, nonstop dancing, and activities for the whole family which include a NEW bazaar this year named "Made in Lebanon" that will bring a range of authentic Lebanese products and brands to you! ALCC will also sponsor a Walk for Hope during the festival weekend and contribute a portion of festival entrance proceeds to benefit the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon, an affiliated hospital of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 
          

   
 

2nd Segment: New Zealand Terrorist Attack
We will talk about the terrorist attack that killed 50 Muslims and injured 50 others at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, 2019. We will listen to the reaction and remarks of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, and Waleed Aly, an Australian Muslim, writer, academic, lawyer, media presenter and musician, co-host of Network Ten's news and current affairs television program "The Project", who lives in New Zealand. We will also listen to the remarks of Nihad Awad, National Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, and the remarks of Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston.
      

   
 

3rd Segment: AAEF Center for Arab Studies at University of Houston
The Arab-American Educational Foundation (AAEF) in Houston signed an agreement with the University of Houston, a Tier One Research Institution, on March 7, 2019, to launch a center for Arab studies at UH with a million dollar endowment. It was another historic milestone reached by the AAEF Board of Directors, led by Dr. Aziz Shaibani, AAEF President. The AAEF announced right after the agreement was signed (which stipulated that the million dollar be paid over three years), that it actually raised the money and was ready to transfer it to the university the following week.
 
In 2011, the AAEF initiated an endowment campaign and successfully raised one million dollar to establish a Chair of Modern Arab History at the University of Houston, a position held by Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti since 2015. In 1995, the AAEF raised another one million dollar to establishment a Chair in Arab Studies at Rice University, a position held by Dr. Ussama Makdisi since 1997. The next phase would be for the AAEF to raise a million dollar to have its name given to the center.
     
Today on the show, we will listen to some of the remarks shared by some of the attendees at the celebration launch event held on March 7, 2019 at Mr. Nijad and Mrs. Zeina Fares' house where the agreement was signed. We will listen to the remarks of
Mr. Nijad Fares, Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston, Mr. Farouk Shami, who donated half a million dollars for the new center, and Dr. Aziz Shaibani, President of the Arab-American Educational Foundation.
       

   
 

4th Segment: Dr. Nadia Abuelezam
Creator, Producer, and Host of Palestinians Podcast. She is Palestinian-American, and is a public health researcher and professor interested in domestic and international health disparities. She is an accomplished teacher and storyteller with a passion for the craft of storytelling and narrative. She values storytelling and its impact in building community and creating unity within the Palestinian diaspora. Dr. Abuelezam has performed stories on stages across the United States.
 
We will speak with Dr. Abuelezam about the Palestinians Podcast, and her upcoming visit to Houston to conduct the Palestinian Narrative Training Program to be held at the University of Houston on March 30-31, 2019.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 13, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Alex McDonald
Founder of Texas Coalition for Human Rights. He is an Internet marketer and business consultant based in Houston, Texas. Alex just returned last week from a 10-day visit to Iran as part of a 28 person peace delegation organized by Code Pink, a women-led peace and human rights organization. In 2018, Alex 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. In 2017, Alex McDonald visited occupied Palestine and Israel with an interfaith peace group, and has been very concerned about the active role the U.S. has in oppressing the Palestinian people and supporting the violation of human rights.
  
We will speak with Alex about his visit to Iran and what he witnessed there, the impact of the U.S. sanctions on the Iranian people, the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA), and his talk with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, and others.
 
         

   
 

2nd Segment: Abed A. Ayoub
National Legal & Policy Director of the American-Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab American civil rights organization in the U.S. Through his position, Ayoub works to address issues impacting Arabs and Muslims in the United States, including discrimination, hate crimes, and profiling. Ayoub also works to enhance the community’s economic empowerment and access to education. Ayoub also represents the Arab and Muslim community on Capitol Hill, working regularly with members of Congress. He regularly appears as a community voice/contributor on national and international news outlets. Ayoub is a native of Dearborn, Michigan, which is home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans. Before joining ADC, Ayoub was in private practice in Michigan, specializing in immigration and criminal law. Outside of ADC, he works with a number of organizations on interfaith projects and has participated in numerous diversity training programs throughout the country.
  
We will speak with Abed Ayoub about the recent/historic resolution voted on condemning Anti-Muslim bigotry, the attacks against speaking truth regarding the Israel Lobby influence on politicians, accusations of anti-semitism against congresswoman Ilhan Omar, media attacks on Arabs, Tucker Carlson’s attack on Iraqi and Arab culture, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 6, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Dr. Nabeel Shalan
Palestinian American medical doctor, and organizer/promoter of a tour for the "Fozi Mozi & Tutti" Palestinian group in four U.S. cities during the month of April, including Houston.
 
We will speak with Dr. Shalan about the tour that is offering Arab children living in the U.S. the unique opportunity to be part of a children's show in their mother tongue, which will help connect them with their roots and heritage.
 
"Fozi Mozi & Tutti" group is coming from Palestine, and has performed live shows in different countries including Palestine, other Arab countries, and Europe. It is a performance group oriented toward children all over the world. Their programs on YouTube have been dubbed in multiple languages. "Fozi Mozi & Tutti" play the role of two mischievous children, who along with their smart little sister Mandalina, learn as they navigate through daily life. Their fun-filled programs and live shows include plenty of songs and sketches that combine educational value with entertainment.
 
The Houston performance (presented in Arabic) will be held on April 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center.
         

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Hatem Bazian
Teaching Professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and he is also Provost, Co-Founder and Professor at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. Dr. Bazian is an adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In 2009, he founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and Founder and Director of the International Islamophobia Studies Consortium. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Legal Fund of America and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president. Dr. Bazian publishes articles and papers frequently, and he is author of several books, including "Annotations on Race, Colonialism, Islamophobia, Islam and Palestine", and "Palestine: ...it is something colonial".
  
We will speak with Dr. Bazian about the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, the newly released report by the U.N. on Israeli crimes and the efforts to silence critics, the mounting criticism and accusations of anti-semitism against congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and more.
 
Dr. Hatem Bazian was profiled last week in a newly published New Yorker piece “How a Private Israeli Intelligence Firm Spied on Pro-Palestinian Activists in the U.S.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 27, 2019

     
Topic: Arab Voices Needs Your Support
   
   
KPFT continues its Winter Fund Drive, and Arab Voices Needs Your Support to raise $2,150. We are offering several "Thank-You" Gifts during this drive, including:

"Roadmap To Apartheid" documentary DVD narrated by Alice Walker - NEW offering by Arab Voices - We will air portions of this documentary on the show today.
 
"This is Our Constitution" Book by Khaizr Khan - NEW offering by Arab Voices
  
"An American Family" Book by Khaizr Khan - NEW offering by Arab Voices
   
"The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" DVD We will air portions of this documentary on the show today.
   
"National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" book by Melvin Goodman
 
"Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence" book by Melvin Goodman
 
"Ralph Nader: Empowering People in the Trump Era" DVD
 
"All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone" DVD
 
Please call 713-526-5738 between 6 pm and 7 pm central time TODAY 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.
      
      


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 20, 2019

     
Topic:

Re-Airing Portions of Previous Interviews with Melvin Goodman
Melvin Goodman is Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He was an analyst at the CIA for 24 years; a former analyst at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and author of several books on international security, including "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" and "Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA". His latest book is "Whistleblower at the CIA". Goodman helped draft the report that described Israel’s attack against Egypt on the morning of June 5, 1967.Last year, he published the piece The Six Day War and Israeli Lies: What I Saw at the CIA. Goodman has written numerous articles and op-eds over the years, appeared on various media outlets, and has lectured all over the country. He is also the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.
  
      


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 13, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Taher Herzallah
Associate Director of Outreach & Community Organizing for American Muslims for Palestine. He is one of the 'Irvine 11,' a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. Mr. Herzallah was also one of six people arrested for protesting the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February 2017. He has had articles published in various media outlets including the Orange County Register and Al Jazeera English. He has been featured on several media and radio interviews throughout the US and internationally. Taher Herzallah studied Political Science and International Affairs at UC Riverside.
  
We will speak live with Taher Herzallah about American Muslims for Palestine organization, and the work it does, including the upcoming Palestine Advocacy Day & Training scheduled to be held April 5-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C. We will also talk about the attempts to suppress free speech on college campuses, and the recent attacks against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Hanan Awad
Palestinian American living in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA. Hanan is an established street photographer. She held multiple photo galleries in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the United States. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, NJ in Middle Eastern Studies, Film-making certificate from New York Film Academy and her Masters in double major focusing on Latin America and the Middle East at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her many visits to Palestine got her interested in the forced displacement of the Jahalin Bedouins, a concept that now stands as the main emphasis of her research.

 
We will speak live with Hanan Awad about the Palestinian Bedouins in occupied Palestine and what she witnessed when she visited several of their villages. We will talk about the ongoing Israeli ethnic cleansing, destruction and displacement of the Bedouin villages in Palestine including Khan Al-Ahmar, Israel’s “Judaisation” plan, and laws it passes against the Palestinian Bedouins, Israel's colonial demographic policies, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 6, 2019

     
Topic:

CAIR-Houston's Annual Banquet: "Faith Led, Justice Driven"
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter) held its 17th Annual Banquet on December 9, 2018, in Houston under the theme "Faith Led, Justice Driven". Several local community members, faith leaders, and elected officials attended the event that featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. It was a celebration and review 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 delivered at the event, and today we will listen to some of them, including those of
Mohammed Nasrullah, CAIR-Houston President and Board Chairman; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and Linda Sarsour, award-winning racial and civil rights activist, community organizer, and former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 30, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Robert Jennings.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

January 23, 2019

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Houstonians Views on Muslim Americans” by Robert L. McKenzie
Robert L. McKenzie is a Senior fellow at New America and director of its Muslim Diaspora Initiative. He is a domestic and foreign policy analyst and scholar of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with fifteen years of applied research and work experience for the U.S. government, private sector, and academia. An anthropologist by training, McKenzie is an expert in displaced persons, refugee resettlement and integration, and Arab and Muslim communities in the United States and Europe. McKenzie is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and he has been a lecturer at Wayne State University (Detroit), a researcher at the American University in Cairo, and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. In his latest book project McKenzie explores humanitarian assistance and policy solutions to protracted refugee situations in the Middle East.
 
We will speak live with Dr. McKenzie about the newly released results of a recent study entitled, “Houstonians Views on Muslim Americans”, co-sponsored by Wasat Institute and New America. This local study, as part of a larger national study, breaks down the “whys” at the heart of misunderstandings about Muslims in America. We will talk with Dr. McKenzie about the key findings from this study.
           

   
 

2nd Segment: "Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice"
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 edition titled “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice”. In this edition, Making Contact speaks with author Paul Kivel about his book, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. This book offers a framework for understanding institutional racism. It provides practical suggestions, tools, examples, and advice on how white people can intervene in interpersonal and organizational situations to work as allies for racial justice. Completely revised and updated, this expanded third edition directly engages the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and takes a detailed look at current issues such as affirmative action, immigration, and health care. It also includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed-heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latinos.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” edition by Making Contact.
 

Paul Kivel is an award-winning author and an accomplished trainer and speaker. He has been a social justice activist, a nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism educator, and an innovative leader in violence prevention for over forty years.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 16, 2019

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 9, 2019

     
Topic:

The Realities of Jerusalem Today
 
Today on Arab Voices we will air the remarks delivered at "The Realities of Jerusalem Today" panel held on October 11, 2018, at the Houston Jerusalem Conference entitled "JERUSALEM: WHAT MAKES FOR PEACE?", organized by Bright Stars of Bethlehem. There were three speakers at that panel:
 
Osama Qawasmeh
Member of the Palestinian National Council
 
Tarek Abuata
Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America. He previously worked as the coordinator of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron
 
Majed Bamya
Political Coordinator and Legal Adviser for the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations in New York, and Head of the International law and Treaties Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 2, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:
 

1st Segment: Daniel McAdams (re-airing last week's HD2 channel interview on the FM radio)
   

Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.
  
We will speak live with Daniel about Syria, Israel's missile attack on Syria on Christmas day, President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, will the U.S. actually get out of Syria, what does that mean to Syria and the region, and more.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi (re-airing June 2018 interview)
   

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:

December 26, 2018   KPFT HD2 Channel

     
    
Please note that today's show was aired on KPFT's HD2 Channel, and not the regular 90.1 FM radio!
 
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Hagai El-Ad's UN Security Council Remarks
Hagai El-Ad is an Israeli human rights activist and the Executive Director of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. He is the former Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and is also a blogger at The Huffington Post. On October 18, 2018, Hagai addressed the United Nations Security Council at its quarterly session scheduled in accordance with Resolution 2334, in which he talked about the Israeli occupation’s crimes and violations against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the humanitarian crisis there. During his remarks, he called on the international community to take action against Israeli apartheid. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his party publicly lashed out against Hagai El-Ad over his UN remarks.
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Hagai El-Ad's UN Security Council Remarks.
      

   
 

2nd Segment: Daniel McAdams
Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.
  
We will speak live with Daniel about Syria, Israel's missile attack on Syria on Christmas day, President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, will the U.S. actually get out of Syria, what does that mean to Syria and the region, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 19, 2018

     
Guests:

Bahia Amawi
Palestinian-American speech pathologist who has worked with the Pflugerville Independent School District (PFISD) in Austin, Texas for nine years. She has a master’s degree in speech pathology, and has specialized in evaluations for young children with language difficulties. Bahia is a U.S. citizen, who was born in Austria and has lived in the U.S. for the last 30 years, and has four U.S.-born American children.
    
On Monday, December 17, 2018, Bahia Amawi filed a federal lawsuit against Pflugerville Independent School District and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleging a violation of her First Amendment right of free speech, after she lost her job because she refused to sign a pledge (Texas Government Code 2270.001 - enacted in May 2017) that she “does not currently boycott Israel,” and “will not boycott Israel during the term of the contract,” and that she shall refrain from any action “that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations with Israel, or with a person or entity doing business in Israeli or in an Israel-controlled territory.”
        
John T. Floyd
Criminal Defense Lawyer based in Houston, Texas, and a volunteer Civil Rights Lawyer for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston). He is also a Board Member with CAIR-Houston. John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been providing defense services to clients in federal and state courts for over twenty years.
  
John T. Floyd is the attorney representing Bahia Amawi, along with CAIR Legal Defense Fund, who filed the lawsuit
against Pflugerville Independent School District and Ken Paxton.
   

   
Topic:

We will speak live with both Bahia Amawi and John T. Floyd about Bahia's case, Texas Government Code 2270.001 that prohibits Texas state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel and how that violates the First Amendment rights. We will also talk about the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (SR. 70) that was re-introduced by Senator Ben Cardin to the 2019 annual omnibus legislation, that can be voted on any day, which aims at criminalizing boycotts of Israel.
 
Note: The ACLU of Texas also filed a separate lawsuit on December 18, 2018, challenging Texas Anti-Boycott Law on behalf of four people: John Pluecker, a freelance writer who lost two service contracts from the University of Houston; George Hale, a reporter for KETR who was forced to sign the certification against his conscience in order to keep his job; Obinna Dennar, a Ph.D. candidate at Rice University, who was forced to forfeit payment for judging at a debate tournament; and Zachary Abdelhadi, a student at Texas State University, who has had to forego opportunities to judge high school debate tournaments.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 12, 2018

     
Topic:

National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) Ben Qurrah Award Gala
The Houston Chapter of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA), held its 11th biennial Ben Qurra Award Gala on October 20, 2018, in Houston, Texas. The biennial Ben Qurra Award Gala celebrates the achievements of prominent scientists of Arab origin who have made major contributions to science, medicine and health care and honors those who have made remarkable contributions in the field of medicine and who have succeeded in the worldwide advancement of science. This year's honorees were Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut and Professor of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine, and Dr. William Zoghbi, Chair of the Department of Cardiology at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
     
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at the 11th biennial Ben Qurra Award Gala including the remarks of
Dr. Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, NAAMA Houston Chapter President, and Dr. Rouba Ali-Fehmi, NAAMA National President. We will also listen to the remarks of the honorees, Dr. Fadlo Khuri (introduced by Dr. Raymond Sawaya) and Dr. William Zoghbi (introduced by Dr. Alan Lumsden).

   
             

 
          

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.

   
           
                              

 
  
 
   

 

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