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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:

August 21, 2019

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

 
          

Date:

August 14, 2019

     
Topic:

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 7, 2019

     
Guests/
Topic:

Ahmad Awad and Astha Sharma Pokharel
  

From Palestine Legal

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

   
              

 
          

Date:

July 31, 2019

     
Guest:

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

   
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 24, 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:

July 17, 2019

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Congresswomen Remarks on President Trump's "Go Back" comment
We will listen to the reaction/remarks of the four congresswomen (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) during a press conference they held on July 15, 2019, reacting to President Trump's targeting them in one of his latest racist and xenophobic remarks, telling the congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries they came from!
      

   
 

2nd Segment: “Saudi Arabia and Jared Kushner: Armaments and Conflict in the Middle East”
 
This is a segment produced by Building Bridges radio program that airs on our sister station WBAI 99.5 FM in the New York City metro area. The segment is titled ”Saudi Arabia and Jared Kushner: Armaments and Conflict in the Middle East“, with guest Mohamad Bazzi, journalism professor at New York University, a former Middle East bureau chief at Newsday and a former Council on Foreign Relations fellow. He is currently writing a book on the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
 
Mohamad Bazzi, recently wrote for The Nation that Trumps public statements on Saudi killing in Yemen reflect "a narrative that has been gaining traction for years among U.S. officials and in sectors of the Western media: that the Saudis and their allies in the Yemen war, especially the United Arab Emirates, are killing civilians and destroying infrastructure by mistake. But this is not true. The Saudi coalition has targeted civilians and the country's infrastructure by design since it intervened in Yemen's civil war in March 2015. Its not that the Saudis and their allies don't know how to use American-made weapons or need help in choosing targets -- they're using them as intended. And American officials have known this for years."

Bazzi has written extensively on the war in Yemen and the Trump administration circumventing Congress on arms to Saudi Arabia while civilians are being targeted -and recently said: "the Trump administration stated it plans to circumvent Congress to sell billions in new weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. officials have known for years that the Saudi/UAE coalition deliberately targets civilians in Yemen with U.S. weapons."

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 10, 2019

     
Topic:

Special Report on "Christians United For Israel" Summit & the Protests against it
  
We will listen today to a special report produced by Mark Bebawi, former producer and host of "The Monitor" on KPFT Houston, 90.1 FM, on the "Christians United For Israel" (CUFI) summit held July 7-8, 2019 in Washington, D.C., where over 100 faith leaders and community organizers protested the summit. The group led direct actions, including sit-ins outside the center while 21 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith leaders staged disruptions of the opening plenary session featuring CUFI founder John Hagee, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
 
Tarek Abuata, executive director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), who was a guest live on Arab Voices last week to talk about CUFI, was the first to stand up and disrupt, shouting, “Zionism is racism,” and holding up a banner that read, “Israel is an apartheid state.” Security immediately handcuffed Abuata and carried him out of the convention center. Abuata continued to shout, “People of God, wake up! Protect the Palestinian people.”
 
During Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks, Christian and Jewish faith leaders interrupted the U.S. vice president, shouting, “Israel kills children. Jews and Christians say no to Zionism,” and holding a banner that read, “Israel kills civilians.” Security grabbed them and dragged them out of the center.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 3, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Dr. Assal Rad
Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. Dr. Rad graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. She works with the policy team on research and writing related to Iran policy issues and U.S.-Iran relations, and also works to organize Iranian Americans around issues that affect the community.
  
We will speak live with Dr. Assal Rad about the tensions between the U.S. and Iran, President Trump's Iran policy and his threats to go to war against Iran, the new sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S., consequences of President Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and more.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Tarek Abuata
Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), a nonprofit Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. Tarek was born into a Palestinian Christian family in Bethlehem, and moved to Texas during the first Palestinian Intifada when he was 12. He was the executive director of Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace and of Love Thy Neighbor. Additionally, he worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams, the United Palestine Appeal, and the Negotiations Support Unit of the Palestinian Authority, researching legal and policy issues. Abuata holds a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School.
   
We will speak live with Tarek Abuata about the upcoming Christians United For Israel (CUFI) summit, scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Washington, D.C., and the campaign (Rise Against Racism: Counter CUFI!) launched to counter CUFI summit and challenge Christian Zionism and express solidarity for the Palestinian people by several organizations, headed by Friends of Sabeel North America, Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, and US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and endorsed by more than 30 organizations.
     
More about CUFI from FOSNA: Christians United for Israel has quietly become the largest organization in the United States driving support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. With over five million members, CUFI uses its political leverage to ensure ongoing U.S. support for Israel’s colonization and military occupation of Palestine, including imprisoning Palestinian children; bombing homes, schools, and hospitals in Gaza; massacring peaceful protestors; and confiscating Palestinian land. By its own admission, CUFI “led the charge to have the U.S. recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” and it continues to push for unconstitutional anti-BDS legislation and illegal settlement expansion. CUFI is a Christian Zionist organization: Its ideology and politics are deeply entrenched in white nationalism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, and other systems of oppression. In spite of its strong political influence on the Hill, CUFI has operated largely under the radar and received little attention in comparison with groups like AIPAC.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 26, 2019

     
Topic/
Guests:

1st Segment: Dr. Hanan Ashrawi's Response
  
We will listen to Dr. Hanan Ashrawi's remarks delivered today at a press conference in response to the US-sponsored "Bahrain Workshop", titled "Peace to Prosperity". Dr. Ashrawi is a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee.
            

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Khalil Jahshan
We will speak live with Dr. Jahshan about the "Bahrain Workshop".
  
Dr. Khalil Jahshan is Executive Director of the Arab Center Washington DC, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank focusing on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as furthering economic, political, and social understanding of the Arab World in the United States. He is a Palestinian-American political analyst and media commentator. He previously served as Executive Director at Pepperdine University, Executive Vice President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and director of its government affairs affiliate (NAAA-ADC), Vice President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, President of the National Association of Arab Americans, National Director of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG), Assistant Director of Palestine Research and Educational Center, and Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago Extension and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Jahshan has served on the boards of directors, and advisory boards of various Middle East-oriented groups, including ANERA, MIFTAH and Search for Common Ground.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 19, 2019

     
Topic:

Juneteenth Special
 
1st Segment:
Mustafaa Carroll
Civil rights activist, board member with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) and previously served as its Executive Director. Carroll began his civil rights activism at 16 as President of the NAACP Youth Council in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Prior to his arrival in Houston in June 2010, he served as Board President at CAIR-TX DFW and then Executive Director. He has also served on several other boards over the years, and was just voted to serve on the board of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Mustafaa Carroll received several awards and recognitions over the years for his work, including the 2017 CAIR National Leadership Award.
    
We will speak live with Mustafaa about Juneteenth (
today, June 19, 2019 is Juneteenth Day), how the advent of slavery and Jim Crow laws affect the American psyche,  how slavery and oppression of black people manifest politically and socio-economically domestically, how do these cultural influences play out on the world stage and the U.S. foreign policy, the intersection between the civil rights movement for blacks, other minority groups, and movements in the U.S. and on the world stage, the underpinnings of the current state of affairs with regards to Islamophobia and xenophobia, and what can be done by the ecumenical or religious community, governmental representatives, lawmakers, educators and individuals to impact a positive change and unity within the society.
           

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Melina Abdullah
Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA chapter. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering. Professor Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist – understanding the role that she plays in the academy as intrinsically linked to broader struggles for the liberation of oppressed people. Melina is the recipient of many awards over the years, and was recognized by LA Weekly as one of the 10 most influential Los Angeles leaders, “Urban Girl of the Year” by 2UrbanGirls, and one of the 15 “Fiercest Sisters” of 2015 by Fierce.
 
Dr, Melina Abdullah spoke at the University of Houston at an event organized by nine University of Houston student organizations and sponsored by the UH History Department.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to her talk at UH on the way blacks were treated in the U.S., the struggle for black people and being slaves, Black Lives Matter movement, Police abuse, killing of black people, the struggles for justice, the importance of understanding what is happening to blacks in the U.S. and how that parallels to what is happening to the Palestinian people, how the struggle for black freedom in the U.S. is intrinsically tied to the struggle of oppressed people around the globe, especially the Palestinian people, and how freedom is a constant struggle.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 12, 2019

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 5, 2019

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Dr. Hanan Ashrawi's interview on Democracy Now!
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, was interviewed last Thursday, May 30, 2019, on Democracy Now!, in which she talked about the Israeli elections, the Trump administration’s so-called “peace plan”, her reaction to the conference or workshop the U.S. has scheduled in Bahrain next month, her response to the U.S. denying her a visa to come to the United States, and more.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will re-air that interview.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Khalid Mustafa Medani
Associate Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies, and Chair of the African Studies Program at McGill University. He has published numerous articles on the roots of civil conflict and the funding of the Islamic movement in Sudan, the question of informal finance and terrorism in Somalia, the obstacles to state building in Iraq, and the role of informal networks in the rise of Islamic militancy. His current book project is on Globalization, Informal Markets and Collective Action: The Development of Islamic and Ethnic Politics in Egypt, Sudan and Somalia.
 
We will speak live with Professor Medani about the situation in Sudan, the mass protests in the country, the bloody massacre in which at least 102 protesters were killed and hundreds were wounded at a sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Monday, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 29, 2019

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Houston Iftar Annual Ramadan Dinner Remarks
More than 1,800 people attended the 20th anniversary of the Houston Iftar Annual Ramadan Dinner on May 11, 2019. The keynote speaker was Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston. Several elected officials and others spoke at the event, and today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of those remarks delivered by Emcee
Mona Khalil, Sohail Syed, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston.
   
The event was organized by the Houston Abu Dhabi, Houston Baku, Houston Istanbul and Houston Karachi Sister City Associations, along with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and other collaborating organizations and sponsors.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's California Remarks
We will air today the full speech of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) delivered on March 23, 2019, at the 4th Annual Valley Banquet hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations California (CAIR-LA). There were hateful attacks, incitement of violence and hate-based smear campaign against Representative Omar after she delivered that speech (based on four words taken out of context), but Arab Voices will be airing her entire remarks on the show today.
 
In 2018, Congresswoman Omar won the congressional seat vacated by Rep. Keith Ellison, the first American Muslim elected to Congress, becoming one of the first two American Muslim women elected to Congress.

   
             

 
          

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.
    
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 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.

   
                              

 
  
 
   

 

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