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Date:

May 16, 2024    (Episode # 1,113)

     
Topic:

The ONGOING Palestinian Nakba, and an interview with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb about "1948: Creation and Catastrophe"
 
As Apartheid Israel continues its genocide and war crimes in the Gaza Strip non-stop 24/7 since October 7, 2023, killing over 35,000 Palestinians, most of them children and women, and injuring more than 78,000, with more than 11,000 still missing under the rubble throughout the Gaza Strip and are presumed killed, western media and some politicians keep repeating that the crisis started on October 7, 2023, ignoring the catastrophic situation Palestinians have been in since 1948 throughout occupied Palestine, and not just in the Gaza Strip. In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,113), we will talk about the ongoing Palestinian Nakba (Arabic word for Catastrophe), that started over 76 years ago, as this month marks the 76th anniversary of the Nakba.
 
On May 15, 2024, on the 76th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba and resistance to Israeli Apartheid, Radio Free Palestine launched on several stations across North America, 24 hours of programming from radio stations and producers across 5 continents, and during this episode of Arab voices, we will air a special edition of the weekly program Middle East in Focus that airs on our sister station KPFK in Los Angeles, California, in which program co-host Estee Chandler interviews
Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb about her documentary film, 1948: Creation and Catastrophe, which tells the story of the establishment of the state of Israel through the eyes of the people who lived it and were affected by it.
 
Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies and the graduate coordinator of the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She is the recipient of the 2020 CSUSB Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award and the 2019-20 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Awardees. She also won the 2019 Rebuilding Alliance “Story Teller” Award. Her research interests include digital communication, digital resistance & decolonization, social justice, and diasporic communities. Her research has appeared in national and international publications, such as the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Arab Studies Quarterly, and has been presented at national and international conferences. Her documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe was screened at over 20 film festivals and at universities and community organizations throughout the world. The film, co-produced and co-directed with Andy Trimlett, focuses on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences for the Palestinian nation which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. The film won the Jerusalem International Film Festival’s 2019 Special Jury Award in the Feature Documentary category. She is working currently on a study of Palestinian digital resistance and decolonizing digital spaces. She was the producer and lead researcher of the documentary 36 Seconds: Portrait of a Hate Crime which centered the three young Muslims murdered in Chapel Hill in 2015 in its discussion of the state of hate crimes, Islamophobia and racism in the United States. The film had its global premier at the Doc NYC Film Festival in November of 2023 and won the Subject Matter Grant for Audience Outreach and Impact Efforts.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 9, 2024   (Episode # 1,112)

     
Topic:

Ongoing Genocide against the Palestinians by Apartheid Israel, and Drs. Nimer Sultany & Noura Erakat on "Law and the Genocide"
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,112), we will continue to talk about the ongoing horrific genocide, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing committed by Apartheid Israel against the Palestinians, armed, supported, and funded by the United States government using US tax payers’ money. A genocide that since October 7, 2023, has killed over 35,000 Palestinians (mostly women and children), injured more than 78,000, and left most of the Gaza Strip destroyed! Over 11,000 Palestinians are missing and presumed killed under the rubble.
 
We will also air the remarks of
Dr. Nimer Sultany, and Dr. Noura Erakat, delivered a panel titled "War and the Genocide" during the "World Academic Forum for Palestine: Genocide in Gaza", a transnational forum on the ongoing genocide in Gaza and urgently needed academic responses from across the globe, was held at the University of Houston on April 6-7, 2024. The forum was organized by Scholars Against the War on Palestine, a transnational coalition that brings together faculty, researchers, and graduate students to end the century-long colonial war on Palestine. The forum featured panels on law, medicine, history, theology, gender, education, and international politics, with nearly 50 expert speakers participating in person and online.
    
Dr. Nimer Sultany is a reader in Public Law at SOAS, University of London Law School. His research areas are public law, legal and political theory, comparative constitutionalism, public international law, and human rights law. He has authored numerous articles in leading legal journals and his book, Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (2017) was awarded the inaugural ICON-S book prize.
 
Dr. Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Her research interests include human rights law, humanitarian law, national security law, refugee law, social justice, and critical race theory. She is an editorial committee member of the Journal for Palestine Studies and a co-founding editor of Jadaliyya. She is the author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine (2019).

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 2 2024    (Episode # 1,111)

     
Topic:

1st Segment: Protests at Universities across the US to end Israel’s Genocide in Gaza & to Divest from Israel
 

We will talk about the protests by thousands of students and faculty (Muslims, Christians, Jews, and others) at dozens of universities and colleges across the United States calling for an end to the ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza, an immediate ceasefire, and calling on universities to divest from Israel. Many of the universities called local and state police to disperse the peaceful protests. Hundreds of students, and some faculty, were arrested at various colleges. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will listen to:
 
 

Ammer Qaddumi, a Palestinian-American student at UT Austin, and a member of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, who was arrested by Texas State Troopers at UT Austin, explaining what happened, the reason they are protesting, and the protestors’ demands.

Several
Jewish Students from Columbia University who were arrested while peacefully protesting Israel’s genocide in Gaza at Columbia University.

Senator Bernie Sanders on the accusation of Benjamin Netanyahu that protestors at US colleges are anti-Semitic.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on sending militarized police and snipers to stop students from exercising their first amendment rights, and questioning why there is more outrage over the anti-war protests than the genocide in Gaza and the killing of over 35,000 Palestinians.

Congressman Jamaal Bowman on the arrest and removal of protestors from the campus of Columbia University.

David Hearst, editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye, an independent online news organization, on the parallels between the anti-Vietnam war protests in 1968 and the ongoing global demonstrations against the Gaza war.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s remarks at the "World Academic Forum for Palestine: Genocide in Gaza"

Palestinian feminist activist, and Chair in Global Law at Queen Mary University of London, Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, whose research focuses on law, society, and crimes of abuse of power, spoke during the “Theology of Empire” panel at the "World Academic Forum for Palestine: Genocide in Gaza", a transnational forum on the ongoing genocide in Gaza, held at the University of Houston on April 6-7, 2024, organized by Scholars Against the War on Palestine. During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air her remarks. Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian was arrested by Apartheid Israel on April 18, 2024, in occupied Jerusalem, and was released the next day.
 

   
 

3rd Segment: Farah Afify on "Fatal: The Resurgence of Anti-Muslim Hate"
 
We will listen to Farah Afify, Research and Advocacy Coordinator at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and co-author of the new report “Fatal: The Resurgence of Anti-Muslim Hate“, revealing at a press conference held in April 2024 the findings and recommendations from the newly released report, documenting 8,061 complaints received by CAIR nationwide in 2023, showing even higher spike than after Trump’s Muslim Ban. According to the report, nearly half of all complaints received in 2023 were reported in the final three months of the year. The report notes that the 2023 wave of anti-Muslim incidents was a 56 percent jump over the previous year and surpassed even the period following the implementation of President Trump’s Muslim Ban, which saw a 32 percent jump over the previous year.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 25 2024   (Episode # 1,110)

     
Topic:

Congressman Al Green on the protests unfolding at college campuses, standing with Palestine, why he voted NO on "The Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024", recognizing Palestine as a State without the need to get Israel’s permission, and more.
 
The United States government approved sending over 26 billion US taxpayers' dollars to Apartheid Israel as it continues its genocide in the Gaza Strip, despite the not-so-good economic situation in the United States, where that money is needed more than ever. Israel, of course, is happy to get that so it can continue to slaughter Palestinians and destroy the Gaza Strip in its entirety, in addition to expanding Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem. Those Israeli actions have been protested worldwide by various governments and countless organizations and individuals, including many Jews in the US and abroad.

Students on college campuses in the US and other countries have been peacefully protesting Israel’s genocide in the Gaza Strip and have been calling for an immediate ceasefire. Several universities have called state and local police to disperse the peaceful protestors, and many were arrested including students at Columbia University, and UT Austin.

Congressman Al Green, serving the 9th Congressional District of Texas, spoke at an event at the Arab-American Cultural & Community Center in Houston, Texas, on April 24, 2024, where he talked about the protests on college campuses, standing with Palestine, supporting peaceful non-violent protests, and media coverage of the protests. He also talked about why he voted NO on "The Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024", and the fact that there is no money specified for Palestinians in that bill. He also called for a two-state solution and called on the US to recognize Palestine as a State, without the need to get Israel’s permission.

Dr. Hashem El-Serag, a Palestinian-American physician from Gaza based in Houston, Texas, spoke at that event about Gaza, and Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, associate professor of History and Arab American Educational Foundation Chair in Arab Studies at Rice University, delivered the closing remarks.

During this episode of Arab Voices (#1,110), we will air those remarks.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

April 18 2024   (Episode # 1,109)

     
Topic:

Remarks of Drs. Nabulsi, Abu-Sittah, and Desai at the “World Academic Forum for Palestine: Genocide in Gaza”
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,109), we will air the remarks of Dr. Karma Nabulsi (University of Oxford), Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah (Imperial College London & King’s College London), and Dr. Chandni Desai (University of Toronto), delivered at the "World Academic Forum for Palestine: Genocide in Gaza", a transnational forum on the ongoing genocide in Gaza and urgently needed academic responses from across the globe, that was held at the University of Houston on April 6-7, 2024. It was organized by Scholars Against the War on Palestine, a transnational coalition that brings together faculty, researchers, and graduate students to end the century-long colonial war on Palestine. The forum featured panels on law, medicine, history, theology, gender, education, and international politics, with nearly 50 expert speakers participating in person and online. The panels included “Gaza Family Testimonies, Scholasticide and Palestinian Academic Experiences in Gaza, Medical Testimonies from Gaza, The Gaza Genocide in Context, The World is with Palestine: Reflections from Sister Struggles, Theology of Empire, Law and the Genocide, Regional Context: Imperialism and Resistance in the Arab World, Reflections on Transnational Organizing, and Palestine is a Feminist and Queer Anti-colonial struggle.
    
Dr. Karma Nabulsi is the Jarvis Doctorow Fellow and Tutor in Politics at St Edmund Hall, and the Library Fellow at Oxford University. Her research is on 18th and 19th century political thought, the laws of war, and the contemporary history and politics of Palestinian refugees and representation. She is widely published in scholarly and popular journals. She recently completed a digital humanities programme sponsored by the British Academy that was developed with scholars, museums, research institutes, and universities across the global south, providing a bilingual open-access research and teaching resource. The online course and research materials cover the Palestinian liberation movement, during the anti-colonial era of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
 
Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah is a world-renowned surgeon with academic posts at Imperial College London University. A British Palestinian, he has worked as a war surgeon in numerous conflict zones including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, South Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. He is Clinical Lead for the Operational Trauma Initiative at the World Health Organization’s EMRO Office and serves on the board of directors of INARA, a charity dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery to war-injured children in the Middle East, and on the Board of Trustees of the UK-based Medical Aid for Palestinians.
 
Dr. Chandni Desai is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She is working on her first book tentatively titled Revolutionary Circuits of Liberation: The Radical Tradition of Palestinian Resistance Culture and Internationalism. Desai has published in the Journal of Palestine Studies; Race and Class; Curriculum Inquiry; Decolonization; Indigeneity, Education and Society and several anthologies. Desai is the host of the Liberation Pedagogy Podcast.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

April 11 2024   (Episode # 1,108)

     
Topic:

“World Academic Forum for Palestine: Genocide in Gaza”: Drs. Takriti, Joudah, Ageel, and Loubani
 
The “World Academic Forum for Palestine: Genocide in Gaza”, a transnational forum on the ongoing genocide in Gaza and urgently needed academic responses from across the globe, was held at the University of Houston on April 6-7, 2024. It was organized by Scholars Against the War on Palestine, a transnational coalition that brings together faculty, researchers, and graduate students to end the century-long colonial war on Palestine. The forum featured panels on law, medicine, history, theology, gender, education, and international politics, with nearly 50 expert speakers participating in person and online. The panels included “Gaza Family Testimonies, Scholasticide and Palestinian Academic Experiences in Gaza, Medical Testimonies from Gaza, The Gaza Genocide in Context, The World is with Palestine: Reflections from Sister Struggles, Theology of Empire, Law and the Genocide, Regional Context: Imperialism and Resistance in the Arab World, Reflections on Transnational Organizing, and Palestine is a Feminist and Queer Anti-colonial struggle.
 
During this and future episodes of Arab Voices, we plan to air most of the remarks delivered at that important and historic forum.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,108), we will air the opening remarks by
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, associate professor of History and Arab American Educational Foundation Chair in Arab Studies at Rice University, and one of the main organizers for the forum, a poem read by Dr. Fady Joudah, an award-winning Palestinian American physician and poet based in Houston, Texas, the testimony of Dr. Ghada Ageel, a visiting professor at the University of Alberta in Canada, who lost over 280 members of her extended family in Gaza, and the testimony of Dr. Tarek Loubani, a physician and associate professor at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, who made several trips to Gaza to provide medical care, where he has been arrested and shot by the Israeli occupation army.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

April 4, 2024   (Episode # 1,107)

     
Topic:

The Ongoing Genocide by Apartheid Israel in the Gaza Strip
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,107):
 
An update on the ongoing Israeli Genocide, War Crimes, Slaughter, Ethnic Cleansing, and intentional starvation in the Gaza Strip.
 
The hypocrisy of Western governments and their rush to criticize Apartheid Israel for murdering foreign aid workers in Gaza with World Central Kitchen, but have been silent on Israeli genocide against Palestinians for the past 180+ days that killed more than 33,000 Palestinians (mostly women and children), and injured more than 76,000!
 
Israel’s ongoing atrocities in several other countries including Syria and Lebanon (is Israel trying to provoke a wider war in the Middle East, while getting more bombs from the Biden administration?)
 
Human Rights Watch new investigation revealing Apartheid Israel targeted and murdered 106 Palestinian civilians including 54 children in one building in Gaza.
 
Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian physician specializing in emergency medicine, who has helped provide emergency trauma care in Gaza for over 40 years, including at Al-Shifa Hospital, making remarks on the destruction of Al-Shifa Hospital.
 
The remarks of
Sarah Abushaar, an Arab-American, and a graduate of Harvard University, on the Genocide in Gaza.
 
The remarks of
Dr. Luigi Daniele, who teaches and researches international criminal law and international humanitarian law at Nottingham Law School, delivered at the side event held in parallel to the 55th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, organized by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, titled “Understanding Genocide: The Case of Gaza”.
 
“Easter Vigil for Gaza” Sermon by
Reverend Dr. Munther Isaac, Palestinian Christian Theologian, Evangelical Lutheran Pastor in Bethlehem in occupied Palestine, and the Academic Dean of Beth Bible College, delivered on March 30, 2024.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

March 28, 2024   (Episode # 1,106)

     
Topic:

Ongoing Genocide in Gaza: Remarks by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Yumna Patel, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Francesca Albanese, Dr. Nicola Perugini, and Hamdi Shaqoura
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1106), we will continue to talk about the catastrophic situation in the occupied and destroyed Gaza Strip, and the famine threatening thousands of Palestinians as a result of the ongoing Israeli genocide and blockade of food, medicine, clean drinking water, and other life essentials from reaching the 2.3 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. We will air recent remarks for:

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the unfolding genocide and famine in Gaza

Yumna Patel, Palestine News Director at Mondoweiss, on the famine in Gaza

Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, on Security Council resolution 2728 calling for an immediate ceasefire

Francesca Albanese, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, presenting her report "Anatomy of a Genocide" during the 55th session of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council

Dr. Nicola Perugini, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, and Hamdi Shaqoura, Deputy Director for Program Affairs at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, on “Understanding Genocide: The Case of Gaza”, delivered at a side event held in parallel to the 55th session of the Human Rights Council, organized by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

March 21, 2024   (Episode # 1,105)

     
Topic:

Professor Noura Erakat on Israel's legal manipulation to erase Palestinians
 
Apartheid Israel continues its genocide, war crimes, slaughter, and ethnic cleansing in the Gaza Strip at an unprecedented rate killing more than 32,000 Palestinians (mostly women and children), injuring more than 75,000, and destroying most of the Gaza Strip, in just over the past 5 months, making the Gaza Strip uninhabitable. Israel has been attempting very hard and for many years, not just after October 7, 2023, to erase Palestinians.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,105), we will air a couple of segments from The Chris Hedges Report, in which journalist, author, and commentator Chris Hedges interviews Professor Noura Erakat on Israel's legal manipulation to erase Palestinians.
 
From The Chris Hedges Report:
 
Time and time again, the human rights attorney Noura Erakat writes, we see evidence of the laws assumed insignificance in the dispossession of Palestinians. Great Britain remained committed to establishing a Jewish national homeland in Palestine despite its legal duties as the Mandatory Power to shepherd local Arab peoples to independence. The Permanent Mandates Commission remained committed to the incorporation of the Balfour Declaration into the Mandate for Palestine, in contravention of the Covenant of the League of Nations, which, in discussing the disposition of the communities formerly belonging to the Turkish Empire stated that the wishes of these communities must be a primary consideration. The United Nations proposed partition of Palestine without legal consultation and in disregard of the existing populations well-being and development, which the same Covenant had declared to be a sacred trust of civilization. Zionist militias established Israel by force, without regard to the Partition Plans stipulated borders. The United Nations accepted Israel as a member despite the states violation of the nondiscrimination clauses of the Partition Plan and of the UN's own condition that Israel permit the return of forcibly displaced Palestinian refugees.
 
The very origins of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Erakat continues, suggest that it is characterized by outright lawlessness, and yet conflicts have been as defined by astute attention to law and legal controversy as this one. Do Jews have a right to self-determination in a territory in which they did not reside but settled? Are Palestinians a nation with the right to self-determination, or are they merely a heterogeneous polity of Arabs eligible for minority rights? Did the United Nations have the authority to propose partition in contravention of he will of the local population? Are the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip occupied, as a matter of law, that is, are they recognized as such by law? Does Israel have the right, in law, to self-defense against Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories? Do Palestinians have the right to use armed force against Israel? Is the route of Israel's Separation barrier, built predominantly in the West Bank, illegal? Is Israel and apartheid regime?
 
Joining Chris Hedges to discuss these issues, examined in her book Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, is the human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University Noura Erakat.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

March 14, 2024   (Episode # 1,104)

     
Topic:

"War on Gaza: impact on Palestinian women and children" by Dr. Rola ElFarra, Feda Abdelhady Nasser, Laila Baker, and Alexandra Saieh
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,104), we will air some of the remarks delivered at the special event titled “War on Gaza: impact on Palestinian women and children”, held on March 13, 2024, organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, a committee mandated by the United Nations General Assembly. We will air the remarks of Feda Abdelhady Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Laila Baker, Regional Director for the Arab States at the United Nations Population Fund, and Alexandra Saieh, Head of Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy at Save the Children International. We will also air a personal perspective presentation by Dr. Rola ElFarra, a Palestinian-American physician from Houston, Texas. She is the Director of the Center for Health & Biosciences at Rice University's Institute of Public Policy, and an Associate Professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Rola ElFarra has family in the Gaza Strip (150 of her relatives have been killed including 90 women and children during the current Israeli genocide in the Gaza Strip).

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

March 7, 2024   (Episode # 1,103)

     
Topic:

Dr. Riyad Mansour's UNGA's Remarks on Israel's Genocide in Gaza, and what Susan Abulhawa witnessed recently in Gaza
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,103), we will listen to portions of the remarks delivered on March 5, 2024, at the United Nations General Assembly by Dr. Riyad Mansour, Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, about the U.S. use of veto power repeatedly to block ceasefire resolutions for Gaza, Israel’s atrocities, and his call for an immediate action to halt the ongoing genocide in Gaza.
 
We will also air an interview Democracy Now! conducted with
Susan Abulhawa, who just left the Gaza Strip after spending two weeks there. In that interview, Abulhawa describes the situation, what she witnessed in Gaza, and more. Abulhawa is Palestine Writes Executive Director, festival organizer, novelist, poet, activist, and scientist, who's first novel, Mornings in Jenin, is considered a classic in Palestinian literature, and became an international bestseller, translated into 32 languages, and made Abulhawa one of the most widely read Arab authors in the world.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

February 29, 2024   (Episode # 1,102)

     
Topic:

Israel's ongoing Genocide against the Palestinians, Aaron Bushnell, Alan Shebaro, Christopher Lockyear, and Ralph Wilde's ICJ Remarks
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,102), we will talk about the catastrophic and ongoing Israeli genocide and war crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. We will talk about Aaron Bushnell, a member of the U.S. Air Force, who set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. to protest Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians and protest U.S. support for it, the remarks of Alan Shebaro, a United States Special Forces combat veteran speaking at the City Council meeting in McKinney, Texas, condemning Israel's genocidal assault on Gaza and United States support for the slaughter. We will also talk about the message sent to President Biden with the recent Michigan Democratic primary, where over 100,000 voted "Uncommitted" because of Biden’s stance on the genocide in Gaza.
 
In addition, we will also air the urgent update delivered at the United Nations Security Council by
Christopher Lockyear, Secretary General at Doctors Without Borders, on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and the powerful presentation by Dr. Ralph Wilde, Associate Professor of international law at UCL in the UK, delivered at the International Court of Justice on behalf of the League of Arab States highlighting the illegality of the Israeli occupation and effectively countering arguments from the US and UK aimed at perpetuating it.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

February 22, 2024   (Episode # 1,101)

     
Topic:

The Ongoing Genocide against the Palestinians by Apartheid Israel, and Paul Reichler's ICJ Remarks
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,101), we will talk about the ongoing genocide against the Palestinians by Apartheid Israel, and air the remarks of Paul Reichler, one of the lawyers and legal experts representing the Palestinians, delivered at the historic public hearings held on February 19, 2024, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the advisory proceedings on the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Paul Reichler spoke on the illegality of Israel's prolonged occupation.
 
During the public hearings, which lasted several days, dozens of other speakers (representing different countries) delivered remarks on the occupation of Palestine.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

February 15, 2024   (Episode # 1,100)

     
Topics:

Israeli Genocide, the Catastrophe in Gaza & Reactions to it, and Mnar Adley on “How Corporate Media Whitewash Israeli Crimes- A Personal Narrative”
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,100), we will talk about the horrendous catastrophe in occupied Palestine as a result of the ongoing Israeli genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and destruction of the Gaza Strip, and the daily atrocities against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.
 
We will air a few remarks on the catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian journalist
Ahmed Alnaouq, co-founder of We Are Not Numbers, Josep Borrell, European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Senator Bernie Sanders.
 
During the second segment, we will air the keynote speech “How Corporate Media Whitewash Israeli Crimes- A Personal Narrative” by
Mnar Adley, delivered at a conference held in Chicago in January 2014. Mnar is an award-winning journalist and editor and is the founder and director of MintPress News. She is also president and director of the non-profit media organization Behind the Headlines. Mnar also co-hosts the MintCast podcast and is a producer and host of the video series Behind The Headlines. The speech was about Israel's ongoing attack against Palestinian journalists, how Western corporate media whitewash Israeli crimes, along with sharing her personal journey of surviving Israeli occupation.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

February 8, 2024   (Episode # 1,099)

     
Topics:

Miko Peled's Comments on Palestine, and Jeremy Scahill on Israel's Lies to Justify & Slaughter Palestinians
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the ongoing Israeli genocide of the Palestinians.
 
We will air the recent comments of
Miko Peled, Jewish activist, author, and human rights advocate, delivered on January 31, 2024, at a European Parliament Roundtable organized by The Left group in Brussels. Peled spoke on the hypocrisy and willful ignorance surrounding the Palestinian genocide, one that did not begin after October 7, 2023, but has been ongoing for 75 years.

We will also air a recent interview Democracy Now! conducted with
Jeremy Scahill, a senior reporter and correspondent at The Intercept about his recent article headlined “Netanyahu’s War on Truth: Israel’s Ruthless Propaganda Campaign to Dehumanize Palestinians”. In that interview, Scahill talks about the Israeli lies about Hamas beheading babies and raping Israeli women on October 7, 2023, to justify and slaughter Palestinians.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

February 1, 2024   (Episode # 1,098)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: International Court of Justice Ruling on Gaza by ICJ President/Judge Joan Donoghue
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,098), we will continue to talk about the ongoing Israeli genocide, slaughter, and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, the destruction of the Gaza Strip, and the catastrophic situation there. Since October 7, 2023, Israeli occupation forces killed more than 27,000 Palestinians (mostly children & women), and injured more than 66,000. Thousand more remain under the rubble.
 
In the previous episodes of Arab Voices, we aired some of the remarks delivered at the historic hearing held in January 2024 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in the case filed by South Africa against Israel for its genocidal acts against the Palestinians. On January 26, 2024, the ICJ announced its ruling on the emergency measures in this case, in which it rejected Israel’s claim that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear South Africa’s case against it, and issued Israel with six orders about its bombardment of Gaza.

During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some segments of what ICJ President and Judge
Joan Donoghue said at that ruling.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: "Emergency Conference of Global Intellectuals of Conscience to Stop Genocide in Gaza" Remarks by Professor Avi Shlaim & Dr. Mustafa Barghouti
 
On January 27, 2024, an Emergency Conference of Global Intellectuals of Conscience to Stop Genocide in Gaza was held in London, at which several prominent speakers delivered remarks on the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza.

During this episode, we will air the remarks of
Professor Avi Shlaim, Israeli-British historian and author, who spoke about Zionist settler colonialism and Western imperialism, Gaza as an open-air graveyard, and the war between Israel and America against the Palestinians and their national movement. During his talk, Professor Shlaim described the war on Gaza as the most destructive, bloodiest, and most lethal war so far, and talked about America as the enabler of Israel's war crimes.

We will also air the remarks of
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian physician, human rights activist, and politician, who spoke on the devastating impact of Israel's attacks on Gaza, ethnic cleansing, collective punishment, genocide, the outbreak of severe epidemics in the Gaza Strip, the importance of the ICJ resolution, the reason the US administration is angry with Israel (no, not because it is killing Palestinians), the double standards of Western countries, and the suspension of aid by some countries to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). Dr. Barghouti also shared eight points he is calling for to be implemented after the ICJ resolution.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 25, 2024   (Episode # 1,097)

     
Topic:

The "March On Washington for Gaza" Remarks (largest march ever in the USA for Palestine)
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,097), we will air some of the remarks delivered at the largest march held in the United States for Palestine, ever. The March On Washington for Gaza was held on January 13, 2024, hosted by the American Muslim Task Force for Palestine, in partnership with the ANSWER Coalition, endorsed by over 350 organizations, and attended by more than 400,000 people. Participants demanded the Biden administration and Congress to call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, and an end to the U.S. military funding to Israel.
 
There were over 25 speakers at the march, and during this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of
Laila El-Haddad, Palestinian-American journalist and activist from Gaza, Congressman André Carson, Arshia Ali-Khan, CEO of the Muslim Legal Fund of America, Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Dean of the Islamic Seminary of America, Alana Hadid, influential activist and advocate for social change, and Imam Omar Suleiman, American Muslim scholar, civil rights activist, public speaker, author, and founder of Yaqeen Institute. We will also air special spoken words titled "Breaking News" by Noor Daoud.
 
Several Palestinian families from Gaza whose family members have been killed, injured, displaced, or abducted by the Israeli occupation forces during the current Israeli genocidal war on the Palestinians shared their stories at the march, and we will air a couple of them by
Randa Muhtaseb and Yasmeen Elagha.
 
Josh Paul, a former State Department official, who resigned from his position in protest of the United States arms sales to Israel during its current bombardment of Gaza, spoke at the Washington march, delivered a message to Arab and Muslim Americans, and read a statement from U.S. Government Employees, which we will also air during this episode.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 18, 2024   (Episode # 1,096)

     
Topic:

South Africa's Case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (part 2): Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh & Vaughan Lowe
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,096), we will talk about the ongoing Israeli Genocide against the Palestinians, the catastrophic situation in the besieged Gaza Strip, and the daily Israeli atrocities in the occupied West Bank.
 
We will also air some of the remarks delivered at the historic hearing held at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in the case filed by South Africa on December 29, 2023, against Israel for its genocidal acts against the Palestinians. During the hearing held on January 11, 2024, several prominent expert advocates, lawyers, and others spoke on behalf of South Africa making the case against Israel. We will air during this episode the remarks of
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh, an Irish lawyer who is advising South Africa’s legal team, presenting the case for why Israel’s actions in Gaza signify a real danger, and the risk of further genocidal acts, and the remarks of Professor Vaughan Lowe, a British counsel, and advocate on South Africa’s Team, describing the provisional measures sought by South Africa on behalf of the Palestinian People.
 
During the previous episode of Arab Voices, we aired more remarks delivered at that hearing, and that episode is archived on our website ArabVoices.net.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 11, 2024   (Episode # 1,095)

     
Topic:

South Africa's Case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (part 1): Ronald Lamola, Adila Hassim, & Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,095), we will air some of the remarks delivered at the historic hearing held on January 11, 2024, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, Netherlands, a case filed by South Africa against Israel for its genocidal acts against the Palestinians. South Africa filed the case on December 29, 2023, with ICJ in an 84-page filing, accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip, laying out its case with extensive details of the Israeli deadly actions since October 2023. During the hearing, several prominent expert advocates, lawyers, and others spoke on behalf of South Africa making the case against Israel.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered by
Ronald Lamola, South Africa's Minister of Justice, asserting that the violence and destruction in Gaza did not originate on October 7, 2023, the remarks of Advocate Adila Hassim, a prominent lawyer and one of the advocates representing South Africa, on the genocidal conduct of Israel, and the remarks of Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, a South African lawyer and legal scholar, on Israel’s genocidal intent towards the Palestinians in Gaza.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 4, 2024   (Episode # 1,094)

     
Topic:

"The War on Palestine and the Politics of History" by Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti (part 2)
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,094), we will air part 2 of “The War on Palestine and the Politics of History” lecture delivered by Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti on December 1, 2023, during the farewell event organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
We aired part 1 of that lecture during the previous episode of Arab Voices, and that is archived on our website, www.ArabVoices.net.
 
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, Associate Professor at the Department of History, and founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston, has a new position at Rice University in Houston, as Associate Professor of History and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies.

   
             

 
             

Date:

December 28, 2023   (Episode # 1,093)

     
Topics:

A Catastrophic Year for the Palestinians; Christmas Message by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac; Scholars' Call for Ceasefire; and "The War on Palestine and the Politics of History" by Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti (part 1)
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,093), we will talk about the disastrous and catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip as a result of the ongoing Israeli ethnic cleansing, genocide, and war crimes against the Palestinians, as the year 2023 is being recorded as one of the worst ever in Palestinian history.
 

   
 

We will air Scholars Against the War in Palestine's call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire via a circulated petition that has been signed by thousands of scholars from across the world. The petition is titled “All I Want for the Holidays is a Ceasefire”.
 

   
 

We will air a special Christmas Message by the Reverend Dr. Munther Isaac, Palestinian Christian Theologian, Evangelical Lutheran Pastor in Bethlehem in occupied Palestine, and the Academic Dean of Beth Bible College. He delivered that message at the Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem on December 23, 2023, during a ceremony titled “Christ in the Rubble: A Liturgy of Lament”, in which he criticized those who are complicit in Israel's ongoing bombardment of Gaza, and provided words of encouragement to the Palestinians.
 

   
 

We will also air part 1 of “The War on Palestine and the Politics of History” lecture delivered by Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti on December 1, 2023, during the farewell event organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston. We will also air the introductory remarks delivered by Dr. David McNally, Distinguished Professor and NEH-Cullen Chair in History and Business at the University of Houston. Arab Voices will air part 2 of the lecture during the next episode of Arab Voices.
 
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, Associate Professor at the Department of History, and founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston, has a new position at Rice University in Houston, as Associate Professor of History and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 21, 2023   (Episode # 1,092)

     
Topic:

The ongoing Israeli Genocide in Gaza, & Remarks from Pope Francis, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Majed Bamya, Lara Elborno, & Dr. Noura Erakat
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,092), we will talk about the ongoing Israeli genocide against the Palestinians, and the catastrophe in the Gaza Strip where Israel has killed nearly 20,000 Palestinians (mostly women and children) and injured more than 52,500 others since October 7, 2023.
 
We will also air the following remarks and speeches:
 
Pope Francis’ reaction to the Israeli atrocities in Gaza, calling them a war and terrorism.
 
Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem, Palestine, delivering a message about the cancellation of Christmas festivities in Palestine because of the war on Gaza, and the Christmas story in the context of Gaza!
 
Majed Bamya, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations speaking about the crisis in Gaza at a side event organized by the Palestinian civil society organizations on the margins of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court at the United Nations.
 
Lara Elborno, Palestinian-American international lawyer and activist based in Paris though her family originally hails from Gaza and Yaffa, speaking at the Stop the War Rally held in London on December 2, 2023, about the realities of the Palestinians who have more than 4,000-year history in the occupied territories.
 
Dr. Noura Erakat, human rights attorney, author, and associate professor at Rutgers University, speaking at the Palestine Festival of Literature held November 1, 2023, at the Union Theological Seminary in New York titled “But We Must Speak: On Palestine and the Mandates of Conscience”.

   
   
             

 
          

Date:

December 14, 2023   (Episode # 1,091)

     
Topic:

1st Segment: Ethnic Cleansing & Genocide by Apartheid Israel against the Palestinians continue...
 
The latest Israeli genocidal war on the Palestinians entered its 3rd month with a continuation of its ongoing and escalated bombardment of the Gaza Strip, racing the clock to destroy everything there. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Israel has killed more than 18,600 Palestinians (70% are women and children) and injured more than 50,000 since October 7, 2023. Thousands of Palestinians are still under the rubble of destroyed buildings across the Gaza Strip and are presumed dead, as no one can reach them. 60% of the residential buildings in the entire Gaza Strip where 2.3 million Palestinians live have been destroyed! Apartheid Israel has been working hard on making the Gaza Strip unlivable for whoever is left alive from the slaughter it is inflicting on the 2.3 million Palestinians there, and it seems that Israel wants to force whoever is left alive to leave Gaza to Egypt, as part of its ethnic cleansing plans.
 
The health care system in the Gaza Strip has been targeted heavily by Apartheid Israel and has collapsed from the ongoing Israeli genocidal war, as part of its plan to make the Gaza Strip unlivable. During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,091), we will air the remarks of
Dr. Ben Thomson with "North America Medical Doctors" about the health crisis in the Gaza Strip, the remarks of Dr. Sukkar with "Doctors for Ceasefire", whose 41 members of her husband's family in Gaza were killed by Israel, speaking about the catastrophic health situation in the Gaza Strip, and the remarks of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on the same topic.
  

   

2nd Segment: Israel's Assassination of Dr. Refaat Alareer and his Interview with Arab Voices
 
On December 7, 2023, Dr. Refaat Alareer, a Palestinian professor, author, co-editor of the book Gaza Unsilenced and the editor of (and a contributor to) Gaza Writes Back, a collection of short stories, was assassinated by Apartheid Israel in Gaza. Dr. Alareer was one of the most prominent and important English language teachers in the Gaza Strip, an influential academic, translator, poet, and activist. Dr. Alareer has a Ph.D. in English Literature, and was teaching world literature, comparative literature, and both fiction and non-fiction creative writing at the Islamic University of Gaza since 2007.
 
Arab Voices had interviewed Dr. Refaat Alareer in October 2023 and in May 2021.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the interview we conducted with
Dr. Refaat Alareer on October 12, 2023, while he was in Gaza, 5 days after the latest Israeli genocidal war on the Palestinians started. We will also listen to the last poem Dr. Alareer published on November 1, 2023, titled “If I must die, let it be a tale”, read by Scottish actor Brian Cox.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 7, 2023    (Episode # 1,090)

     
Topic:

Israel's Genocidal War on the Palestinians; Dr. Adela Cedillo's & Dr. Hosam Aboul-Ela's Palestine Teach-In Remarks; & Dr. Marc Lamont Hill's UN Talk
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,090), we will have an update on the ongoing genocidal war on the Palestinians by Apartheid Israel, listen to Palestinian Journalist Noor Harazeen in Gaza on the situation there after the ceasefire was broken, the catastrophic health situation in the Gaza Strip, a message from Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian physician specializing in emergency medicine who has helped provide emergency trauma care in Gaza for over 40 years, to Western leaders, Palestinian-Canadian Hala Alshaer with a message to those who advocate for ethnic cleansing and believe evacuating and removing Palestinians from their homeland is the answer, and Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General on the invoking of Article 99 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

In addition, we will air the remarks of both
Professor Adela Cedillo, Assistant Professor of Mexican History at the University of Houston, and Professor Hosam Aboul-Ela, Professor of English and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Dr. Burhan and Mrs. Misako Ajouz Chair in Arab Studies at the University of Houston, speaking at the Emergency Palestine Teach-In held in October 2023 at the University of Houston organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies.

We will also air the remarks of
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, an academic, author, activist, and television personality, delivered at the United Nations 5 years ago at a special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in which he called for equal rights for all in historic Palestine. Dr. Hill was fired from his position as a commentator for CNN at that time, one day after he spoke at the United Nations!

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 30, 2023    (Episode # 1,089)

     
Topics:

Gaza: ICJP's Investigation, Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta's Testimony, and Dr. Tshepo Chéry on Solidarity with the Palestinians
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,089), we will air the remarks of Tayab Ali, Director of the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP), outlining the criminal allegations under investigation and what the evidence ICJP is collecting regarding the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. Tayab Ali spoke about that during a press conference ICJP held on November 27, 2023, in the UK.
 
We will also air the testimony/eyewitness account of
Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta, a world-renowned Palestinian-British surgeon who spent 43 days in Gaza treating the injured while Israel was attacking the Gaza Strip. Dr. Abu-Sitta, who participated in the same ICJP press conference, explains the situation he witnessed in the Gaza Strip and describes the Israeli aggression through the types of injuries received at Gaza hospitals.

November 29th of every year is observed as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, and in support of that, we will air the remarks of Professor
Tshepo Chéry, Assistant Professor of African History at the University of Houston, delivered at the Emergency Palestine Teach-In held in October 2023 at UH, organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at UH.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 23, 2023    (Episode # 1,088)

     
Topic:

Israel's Ongoing Genocide against the Palestinian People
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,088), we will continue to talk about the ongoing genocide against the Palestinian people by Apartheid Israel and the catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip.
 
It has been over 47 days of non-stop 24 hours a day 7 days a week bombardment of the Gaza Strip, targeting everything and anything inside the Gaza Strip where 2.3 million Palestinians live, half of them are children. Israel has been bombing hospitals, urgent care centers, ambulances, rescue teams, civil defense staff, schools and universities, shopping malls, supermarkets, bakeries, grocery stores, United Nations staff and centers, electricity plants, and water plants. Israel has also been targeting and destroying the infrastructure of the entire Gaza Strip. It has cut off water, electricity, and food to the entire Gaza Strip, and has been preventing medical aid and critically needed supplies from reaching the Gaza Strip. Since October 7, 2023, Israel killed more than 14,854 Palestinians, including 6,150 children, 4,000 women, 690 senior citizens, 205 medical staff, 36 civil defense staff, and 62 journalists. What the entire world has been witnessing is genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, atrocities, and terrorism committed by Apartheid Israel against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and also in the occupied West Bank.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the final words of Palestinian journalist
Ayat Al Khadour moments before she was killed by the Israeli bombardment on November 20, 2023, in Beit Lahya in the Gaza Strip. We will also air the remarks of Nada Abu Tarbush, Palestine's representative to the United Nations, delivered at the 5th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties in Geneva, in which she condemns Israel's actions in Gaza, and confronted the dismissal of Palestinian identity, emphasizing the dire consequences of such actions. We will also air a new message by Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, best-selling author, and activist, on the crisis in Gaza and a letter by Chris to the Children of Gaza, and will air portions of a speech he delivered during the 2014 Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. In addition, we will air the remarks of Professor Sue Ferguson, Associate Professor Emerita at Wilfrid Laurier University, delivered at the Emergency Palestine Teach-In held at the University of Houston and organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 16, 2023    (Episode # 1,087)

     
Topic:

Israel's Ongoing Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinian People
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,087), the topic will be the ongoing Israeli genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and Israel’s targeting of the health care system and medical workers in the Gaza Strip.
 
We will air one of the final interviews Democracy Now! conducted with
Dr. Hammam Alloh, one of the Palestinian doctors who worked at Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical center in the Gaza Strip, who was killed on November 11, 2023, when Israel bombed his house. He was killed along with his father, brother-in-law, and father-in-law.
 
We will also air
Ali Abunimah's opening remarks from the November 15, 2023, Electronic Intifada podcast on Israel's history of lies about Gaza's al-Shifa hospital. Abunimah is author and co-founder of the Electronic Intifada.
 
We will air some of the remarks delivered on November 12, 2023, in Houston, Texas, by
Congressman Al Green (Texas 9th Congressional District) at the “Unfiltered Town Hall” he organized on the topic “the injustice innocent civilian Palestinian men, women, and especially children are suffering in the name of justice”, at which he also called for a ceasefire, and said “Israel's bombardment of Palestine has created a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions”. The event also closed with a peaceful “Justice for Palestinians Candlelight Vigil.”
 
We will also air the remarks of
Dr. David McNally, Cullen Distinguished Professor of History & Business at the University of Houston delivered at the Emergency Teach-In event on Palestine, held at the University of Houston on October 13, 2023, organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 9, 2023    (Episode # 1,086)

     
Topic:

Israel's Genocidal War on the Palestinians and the Catastrophe in Gaza
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, episode # 1086, I will continue to talk about the ongoing slaughter and genocide of the Palestinian people by apartheid Israel, approved, funded, armed, and encouraged by the United States government.
 
Since October 7, 2023, we have been witnessing unprecedented massive extermination of a population in front of our own eyes 24/7. We are literally witnessing war crimes, genocide, extermination, starvation, and population transfer, committed by Apartheid Israel against millions of Palestinians.

A horrific and catastrophic situation is unfolding in the Gaza Strip where 2.3 million Palestinians are being bombed from the air, land and sea, 24/7 by apartheid Israel. Entire residential neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip and countless blocks were wiped out, and hundreds of families were massacred. 2.3 million Palestinians have no water, no electricity, and no food, not because of a natural disaster like an earthquake, but because apartheid Israel decided to do so, supported and funded by the United States government!

Since October 7, 2023, and the time I am producing this episode of Arab Voices, 10,569 Palestinians have been killed by apartheid Israel, including 4,324 children, 2,823 women, and 649 senior citizens. Nearly 50% of the Palestinians killed are children, as young as 1 day old!

During this episode of Arab Voices, I will air a
message from Palestinian children in Gaza to the world, an update from Palestinian journalist Noor Harazeen in Gaza, an update from Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian physician specializing in emergency medicine who has helped provide emergency trauma care in Gaza for over 40 years, and an update from Issa Amro, a human rights defender based in Hebron on the recent surge in Israeli violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli occupation forces killed more than 170 Palestinians and injured more than 2,300 since October 7. I will also air portions of an interview conducted by Amy Goodman with Josh Paul who recently resigned from the US State Department to protest continued arms sales to Israel, and I will also air the remarks of Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib delivered at the US House of Representatives at a hearing to censure her.
 
In addition, I will air some of the remarks delivered at the largest pro-Palestinian rally in US history held in Washington, D.C. on November 4, 2023, and attended by more than 300,000. I will air the remarks of
Dr. Hatem Bazian with UC Berkley, Dr. Noura Erakat, human rights attorney, author, and associate professor at Rutgers University, and Mohammed El-Kurd, writer and author from occupied Jerusalem, Palestine correspondent at The Nation, and culture editor at Mondoweiss.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 2, 2023    (Episode # 1,085)

     
Topic:

Israel's Ongoing, Horrific, Catastrophic, and Genocidal War on the Palestinians
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,085), the topic will be the ongoing horrific, catastrophic, and genocidal war on the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip by Apartheid Israel. Since October 7, 2023, Israel has launched a massive destructive assault on the Gaza Strip by dropping thousands of bombs on the 2.3 million Palestinians living there, causing massive death and destruction. Entire residential neighborhoods were wiped out, hundreds of families massacred, and completely wiped off the civil registry. The Israeli actions are clearly intended to kill as many Palestinians as possible, and/or force whoever is left to leave the Gaza Strip (Ethnic Cleansing). Since October 7, 2023, Israel killed 9,061 Palestinians, including 3,760 children, 2,326 women, and 135 medical staff. At least 22,000 Palestinians have been injured, while more than 2,000 remain missing under the rubble.
 
We will hear reactions and statements about the ongoing catastrophe from
James Elder, spokesperson for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on killing Palestinian children, Noor Harazeen, a Palestinian Journalist in Gaza on the situation there, the Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb with a special message from heads of churches on behalf of Christian Palestinians in Gaza, Mary Lou McDonald, an Irish politician, UN Chief António Gutteres on the dire situation in Gaza, John Kirby and the double-standards and hypocrisy of the US administration, Diana Buttu on the leaked document from the Israeli Intelligence Ministry advocating for the Ethnic Cleansing of 2.3 million Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and force them to go to Egypt, Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib calling for a ceasefire, Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and we will also air spoken words titled "Time is Ticking By" by Amal Albaz, Writer, Poet, and Speaker.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 26, 2023    (Episode # 1,084)

     
Topic:

1) Israel's War on the Palestinians; 2) Voices from Palestine; 3) Ceasefire Rally; 4) Teach-In on Palestine
 
Israel's War on the Palestinians
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,084), we will continue to talk about the ongoing genocide against the Palestinians by Apartheid Israel, Israel’s attempts at exterminating and/or displacing Palestinians with its round-the-clock bombing of 2.3 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the catastrophic situation inside the Gaza Strip, and Apartheid Israel's escalation of its attacks against Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem. We will also share some of the most outrageous, shocking, dehumanizing, and violent remarks by several Israeli and US politicians!
 
Since October 7, 2023, Apartheid Israel killed 7,028 Palestinians (including 2,913 children, 1,709 women, 397 elderly, 24 journalists, and 73 medical staff), injured 18,484 Palestinians, and destroyed more than 100,000 civilian homes. Israel has targeted and bombed hospitals, ambulances, medical facilities, mosques, churches, businesses, supermarkets, malls, residential buildings, governmental offices, police stations, bakeries that make bread, schools, and universities, under the full support and impunity for its war crimes by the United States and others. Israel also cut off water, electricity, food deliveries, and fuel to the 2.3 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip while bombing them 24/7! Israel's ongoing bombardment and siege have led to severe shortages, devastating Gaza's healthcare system, and on October 24, 2023, the Palestinian Ministry of Health declared the complete collapse of the health system in the Gaza Strip!
  
Voices from Palestine
We will air voices from the occupied West Bank on the current situation from Mariam Barghouti, a Palestinian writer, and Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Member of the Palestinian parliament, co-founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a leading figure in Palestinian civil society, and a longtime advocate for the non-violent Palestinian protest movement.
 
Ceasefire Rally
We will also air some of the remarks delivered at the Ceasefire Now rally held in Washington, D.C. on October 20, 2023, and attended by thousands. We will air the remarks of Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg with Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbi Alissa Wise, with Jewish Voice for Peace, and Laila El-Haddad, an award-winning Palestinian author, social activist, policy analyst, and journalist from Gaza.
 
Teach-In on Palestine
On October 13, 2023, an emergency Teach-In event on Palestine was held at the University of Houston organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston. This emergency teach-in featured contributions from distinguished scholars of Palestine and global settler-colonialism, and during this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California Berkeley, who was previously Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University in Houston, and also air some of the remarks of Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 19, 2023    (Episode # 1,083)

     
   
Arab Voices was preempted on KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston on October 19, 2023. Because this program is syndicated on other radio stations in the US and Europe, the following episode was produced for airing on the other radio stations.
 
   
Topic:

Israel's Genocide, War Crimes & Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza
 

In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,083), we will continue to talk about the catastrophic and ongoing Israeli Genocide, Terrorism, Atrocities, War Crimes, and Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinian People in the Gaza Strip and all of Palestine. We will share with you several remarks and reactions to what is happening by different people, including:

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian parliament, co-founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a leading figure in Palestinian civil society, and a longtime advocate for the non-violent Palestinian protest movement. We will listen to his remarks delivered at a press conference Arab Voices attended and recorded.
 
Dr. Riyad Mansour, Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, speaking at the UN and also addressing a reporter's question about the Israeli attack on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital.

Loureen Sayej, diplomat and legal advisor at the Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations.

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a distinguished Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, scholar, and Chairperson of The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy - MIFTAH, delivering a message to the world.
 
Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta, Palestinian-British surgeon who was at Al-Ahli Baptist hospital when it was attacked by Israel.
 
Dr. Thaer Abubaker, Palestinian diplomat and ambassador with a message for US Secretary of State Blinken.
 
Mohammed El-Kurd, writer from occupied Jerusalem, Palestine correspondent at The Nation, culture editor at Mondoweiss, and author of RIFQA.
 
We will also talk about the increase in hate incidents against Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims in the US since October 7.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 12, 2023    (Episode # 1,082)

     
Topic/
Guests:

Israeli Genocide and War Crimes Continue...
 
The Gaza Strip (365 km²) where over 2.3 million Palestinians live, one of the most densely populated areas on this planet, which has been under blockade and strangulation for over 16 years by Apartheid Israel, is being destroyed by constant non-stop bombardment by Apartheid Israel since October 7, 2023. We are witnessing genocide, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing committed against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, targeting commercial buildings, residential homes, apartment buildings, hospitals, ambulances, mosques, a church, schools, and universities. Israeli fighter jets are targeting and destroying roads, infrastructure, and the Gaza-Egypt crossing. As of 10/12/23 afternoon, and according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 1,417 Palestinians have been killed (including 447 children and 248 women) and at least 6,268 others were wounded (including 1531 children and 932 women), and many are still missing under the rubbles. 44 families were massacred, 10 medical staff were targeted and killed, 14 health facilities were attacked, and several journalists were killed.
 
On October 9, 2023, Israeli War Minister Gallant said “We are putting a complete siege on Gaza … No electricity, no food, no water, no gas – it’s all closed”, and yes, Israel cut off food, water, and electricity for the 2.3 million Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza Strip, a clear war crime. Israel even warned Egypt that if it sent food and other aid to the 2.3 million Palestinians, Israeli jets would bomb them!
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,082), we will talk about this catastrophe and will interview Refaat Alareer (in Gaza), and also air portions of a previous interview we conducted with Nurit Peled-Elhanan.
 

   
 

Interview with Refaat Alareer (in Gaza)
 
We will speak with Refaat Alareer (in Gaza) about the ongoing massive, deadly, and catastrophic attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, and the ongoing Israeli Genocide, Terrorism, Atrocities, War Crimes, Murder, Bombings, and Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinian people.
 
Refaat Alareer is a Palestinian professor, activist, author, co-editor of the book Gaza Unsilenced and the editor of (and a contributor to) Gaza Writes Back, a collection of short stories. Refaat has a Ph.D. in English Literature, and has been teaching world literature, comparative literature, and both fiction and non-fiction creative writing at the Islamic University of Gaza since 2007. Refaat Alareer is a native of Gaza City’s Shijaieh neighborhood.
 

   
 

Nurit Peled-Elhanan
 
We will also air portions of an interview Arab Voices conducted previously with Nurit Peled-Elhanan, author of Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education, in which she details how Israelis (including young children) are taught to hate Arabs and Palestinians, that Arabs and Palestinians are enemies, invaders and intruders, and Israelis should get rid of them one way or another, and how Israel justifies mass murder and massacres of Palestinians!
 
Nurit Peled-Elhanan is an Israeli Lecturer in Language Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an award-winning Israeli peace activist, poet, and author, and one of the founders of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. She is the daughter of Israeli General Matti Peled. In 2001, she was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and the Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 5, 2023    (Episode # 1,081)

     
Guest/
Topics:

Interview with Ahmad Abuznaid about USCPR National Conference, 30 Years of Oslo, Taxpayers' Money Funding Israeli Atrocities, US Foreign Policy, & US Visa Waiver Program
 
Ahmad Abuznaid is the Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR). Before joining USCPR, he co-founded the Florida-based Dream Defenders after the killing of Trayvon Martin, serving as Legal & Policy Director and Chief Operating Officer during his time there. Ahmad went on to lead the National Network for Arab American Communities as the Executive Director from 2017 to 2019.
 
We will speak with Ahmad about the upcoming "Seize the Moment" USCPR National Conference that will be held in Houston, Texas, October 27-29, 2023. Hundreds of activists will be attending from different cities, in what is expected to be the largest movement-wide gathering for Palestinian rights in the USA. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib will be delivering the keynote address at the conference, which will include 4 Main Plenary Sessions, 45 Workshops and Gatherings, and a Cultural Night. Dozens of speakers and activists will be participating including Huwaida Arraf, Omar Barghouti, Phyllis Bennis, Marc Lamont Hill, Darryl Li, Dylan Saba, Diala Shamas, Jehad Abusalim, Ash-Lee Woodard, Cindy Stella Wiesner, Melanie Yazzie, Lara Kiswani, Sumaya Awad, and Mariam Barghouti.
  
We will also speak with Ahmad about the ongoing Israeli atrocities in occupied Palestine 30+ years after the Oslo Accord was signed, the use of US taxpayers’ money to fund Israeli occupation, the admission of Israel into the US Visa Waiver Program, grassroots efforts in the US for Palestinian rights, the hypocrisy of the US foreign policy and media outlets, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 28, 2023    (Episode # 1,080)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Israel's Admission into the US Visa Waiver Program, the Strong Opposition to it, and the Lawsuit Filed to Halt it
 
We will talk about the designation by the United States government of allowing Israel into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) by November 30, 2023, despite the failure of Apartheid Israel to meet all of the legal requirements for admission into that program, the strong opposition to this decision by numerous organizations and legal experts, and the federal lawsuit filed by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) against the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State in defense of civil rights for Arab and Palestinian Americans, asking the court to halt further actions to admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program. The opposition is launched because Israel has been discriminating against U.S. Citizens, particularly Palestinian-Americans, when they try to enter Israel.  We will talk about that lawsuit, the statement issued by the opposing organizations, and share some of the reactions to the US decision by representatives from various national organizations.

   
 

2nd Segment: Palestine Writes Literature Festival
 
Palestine Writes Literature Festival, the only North American literature festival dedicated to celebrating and promoting cultural productions of Palestinian writers and artists, held its 2023 festival on September 22-24 at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and was a historic and successful festival with more than 1,500 registered attendees, despite the efforts of Zionists and their supporters to cancel the festival.
 
During this segment of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at the festival, including the remarks of
Amer Zahr, Palestinian American Comedian, Activist and Author, who was the festival MC, Susan Abulhawa, Palestine Writes Executive Director, festival organizer, novelist, poet, activist, and scientist, who's first novel, Mornings in Jenin, is considered a classic in Palestinian literature, and became an international bestseller, translated into 32 languages, and made Abulhawa one of the most widely read Arab authors in the world, Huda Fakhreddine, author, translator, and associate professor of Arabic literature at the University of Pennsylvania, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Director of Publishing, an award-winning writer of books for adults and children who won an American Book Award for her novel-in-stories, A Curious Land, won two Arab American Book Awards, and a Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artists Award, and Jenan Abushtaya, an SJD student at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
 
Arab Voices is planning to air more remarks and spoken words delivered at that festival during future episodes of Arab Voices.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 21, 2023    (Episode # 1,079)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Rania Succar, Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist of the Year
 
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy has chosen Rania Succar to be the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist of the Year Award.

Rania Succar is a Syrian-American life-long social entrepreneur and an accomplished business leader. She is the CEO of Intuit Mailchimp. Before that, she was Google's Director of Brand Solutions for North America and worked for McKinsey in the US and Dubai before joining Google. Rania co-founded the Harvard Arab Alumni Association in 2001 and was president until 2008. She has a Harvard MBA, a Harvard MPA in International Development, and a Harvard BA in economics. Rania is passionate about closing the opportunity gap that exists for children and youth in the Arab world. In 2011 she Co-Founded Jusoor, an Arabic word meaning Bridges, a global non-profit that has provided education opportunities to over 10,000 Syrian children and youth and has impacted the lives of thousands more.
 
We will speak with Rania Succar about the prestigious award she is receiving, her organization Jusoor, and her work with Syrian youth and refugees.

   
 

2nd Segment: Professor Edward Said's Speech on Dignity and Solidarity
 
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Professor Edward Said, and in memory and honor of Dr. Said, we are going to air a portion of a speech he delivered on Dignity and Solidarity at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s annual convention held in Washington, D.C. in June 2003 (three months before he died).
 
Professor Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935 to a Christian Arab family. His father immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century. Said was raised in Jerusalem and Cairo. In 1951, he went to the United States to attend Princeton and Harvard universities. He specialized in English literature, comparative literature and musicology. He was appointed professor at Columbia University in New York City, where he stayed for the rest of his life. He died on September 25, 2003, in New York. For more than a decade, Said battled leukemia, but never stopped writing a great deal on the Palestinian Israeli subject - choosing to participate in conferences and speak out with the vehemence that characterized him. Professor Said is an internationally renowned writer, author, and scholar. His writings about the Middle East and its relationship with the West have gone far to open new roads in academia and to influence public opinion. During the course of his life, Professor Said articulated a vision of Palestine and the Arab world that not only recalled the significant contributions of the region’s people, but also offered hope for the future.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 14, 2023    (Episode # 1,078)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Catastrophic Earthquake in Morocco & Deadly Flooding in Libya, and how you can help
 
During the first segment, we will talk about the catastrophic earthquake in Morocco and the unprecedented deadly flooding in Libya, two Arab countries in northern Africa, and how you can help.
 
On September 8, 2023, a major earthquake that registered a magnitude of 6.8 hit Morocco, the deadliest earthquake in over 60 years. According to the Moroccan Ministry of Interior, nearly 3,000 people were killed and nearly 6,000 were injured. The numbers are expected to go higher. Several villages were wiped off the map by this catastrophic earthquake, and rescue teams are facing challenges reaching many areas as the search for the thousands of missing people and survivors trapped in the rubble of flattened villages continues. It has been a challenge for rescuers to reach remote mountain villages where victims are still being trapped.
 
On September 10, storm Daniel hit several Libyan cities very hard with massive rain that caused catastrophic flooding, especially after two dams collapsed. The flooding was unprecedented and destroyed cities and villages. More than 6,000 people were killed and the number is expected to be much higher as recovery efforts are still underway with more than 10,000 still missing or unaccounted for. More than 30,000 people were displaced. Storm Daniel hit the cities of Bayda, Benghazi, al-Marj, Susa, and the port city of Derna, which suffered the most after two dams collapsed, causing catastrophic flooding in the city. Thousands of families are left homeless without shelter, food, and access to clean water.
 
Our hearts go out to the people of Morocco and the people of Libya!
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Grand Opening of the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project & The Mudhif
 
Iraq, the cradle of civilization, with a very rich culture, heritage, great contributions to the world, and a rich ancient civilization, is also home to the Marsh Arabs, mainly in Southern Iraq, near where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers join. A Mudhif, an Arabic word for a guest house, a 5000-year-old structure, a traditional reed house, used to be one of the popular and unique builds of the Marsh Arabs in the swamps of southern Iraq. It serves as a cultural center, court, site for religious ceremonies, and place for welcoming visitors.
 
A huge project named the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project, which included the building of a Mudhif structure on the lawn of Rice University in Houston, Texas, was launched in Houston, Texas, about two years ago. The Project is a collaboration between Archeology Now and the Arab-American Educational Foundation, and it provides one of the first opportunities for Americans to see and experience an authentic representation of an ancient culture with immense historical significance.

One of the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project milestones was revealed at the grand opening ceremony held on September 9, 2023, at Rice University, and that is the Mudhif, created as a place to celebrate the story of the Iraqi Marsh Dwellers and to preserve 5,000 years of history. It is the first of its kind ever built outside of Iraq from materials shipped from Iraq. It was constructed in June and July 2023 by over 100 volunteers from across Houston, including many members of the multi-cultural and multi-faith Iraqi community, who found purpose in the project.
  
During the second segment, we will air remarks from some of the organizers, volunteers, and attendees at the grand opening ceremony, including the remarks of Dr. Aziz Shaibani, President of the Arab-American Educational Foundation (AAEF), Azzam Alwash, Founder and CEO of Nature Iraq,
Ali Daher, President of the Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, Dr. Hussain Alobaidi, Iraqi American Doctor, Dr. Sinan Antoon, Iraqi Poet, Writer & Academic, Amer Al-Nahhas, with the AAEF, Becky Lao, Executive Director of Archeology Now, Dr. Omar Aldabagh, President & Founder of the Iraqi American Community and Board Member with Archeology Now, Dr. Ghaidaa Makki, Iraqi American Doctor and Board Member with the Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, Ali, an Iraqi youth, Sarah Izzat, Ruth Ann Skaff, Board Member with the AAEF, Dalia Khalil, Iraqi American, and Noor, Iraqi Artist with Afaf Arts.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 7, 2023    (Episode # 1,077)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Grand Opening of the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project
 
We will talk about the grand opening of the Senan Shaibani Marsh Arabs Project, scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rice University. In addition to a tour of the Mudhif, a replica of a 5000-year-old structure built of reed from the Iraqi Marshes and shipped to Houston, there are several activities planned including family fun and entertainment, music, traditional Iraqi food, and dance. We will also share a brief message from Dr. Aziz Shaibani, President of the Arab-American Educational Foundation, about the historic Mudhif structure and the grand opening event.
  
The project is a collaboration between Archeology Now and the Arab-American Educational Foundation, and provides one of the first opportunities for Americans to see and experience an authentic representation of an ancient culture with immense historical significance.

In addition to the grand opening on September 9, there are other activities planned including talks on Iraqi marsh culture and ecology, a documentary screening on life in the Iraqi marshes, and more. A list of those events is posted in our Community Calendar section.

   
 

2nd Segment: "Islamophobia and Imperialism: 20 years after the invasion of Iraq"
 
During the second segment, we will air a program from CovertAction Bulletin, the official podcast of CovertAction Magazine, titled "Islamophobia and Imperialism: 20 years after the invasion of Iraq". It is an interview with Dr. Nazia Kazi, author of Islamophobia, Race and Global Politics, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University in New Jersey.
  
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Islamophobia became a sort of unofficial religion in the United States. Vigilante street attacks on Muslim people became common. The government surveilled mosques and community centers. Over two decades later, the situation doesn't seem much different. Resistance to bringing refugees from Syria into the US based entirely in racism and Islamophobia. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the war in Iraq in March 2023, the New York Times major retrospective piece barely mentions the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who died, and says nothing about its own role in the war or the toll on Muslim people in the US.
 
But Islamophobia as a weapon of imperialism goes deeper: The US has a long history of funding right-wing political Islamist forces from Afghanistan to Syria and Indonesia. In this episode, we investigate the role that Islamophobia plays in US foreign and domestic policy. It's a tool used by those in power to justify its wars and surveillance operations in its quest for continued global hegemony.
 
We're joined by
Dr. Nazia Kazi, author of Islamophobia, Race and Global Politics, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University in New Jersey.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 24, 2023    (Episode # 1,076)

     
Topics:

Edward Said Library in Gaza & Poetry Reading by Mosab Abu Toha from "Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza", winner of the 2023 American Book Award
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,076), we will air some of the remarks delivered at an event held in Houston, Texas on March 14, 2023, about the Edward Said Library that serves thousands of Palestinian children, youth, and families in the occupied Gaza Strip. We will air the remarks of Mosab Abu Toha, Founder of the Edward Said Library, Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, Middle East Children’s Alliance Executive Director, and Joe Shahda, one of the event organizers.
 
We will also air Mosab Abu Toha's reading of selected poems from his newest book Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, a winner of the Palestine Book Award, winner of the 2023 American Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. In this poetry debut, Mosab Abu Toha writes about his life under siege in Gaza, first as a child, and then as a young father. A survivor of four brutal Israeli military attacks, he bears witness to a grinding cycle of destruction and assault, and yet, his poetry is inspired by a profound humanity.
 
 
Mosab Abu Toha is a Palestinian poet, scholar, and librarian who was born in Gaza and has spent his life there. A graduate in English language teaching and literature, he taught English at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools in Gaza from 2016 until 2019, and is the founder of the Edward Said Library, Gaza’s first English-language library. Abu Toha is a columnist for Arrowsmith Press, and his writings from Gaza have appeared in The Nation, Arrowsmith Press, and Literary Hub. His poems have been published on the Poetry Foundation’s website, in Poetry Magazine, Banipal, Solstice, The Markaz Review, The New Arab, Peripheries, and other journals. His newest book Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza is winner of the Palestine Book Award, winner of the 2023 American Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry Finalist.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 24, 2023    (Episode # 1,075)

     
Topic:

"Progress in the Shadow of Prejudice" Civil Rights Report & Update on the Federal Watchlist Program
 
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, held a community briefing on April 11, 2023, on CAIR's new civil rights report titled "Progress in the Shadow of Prejudice", and an update on the federal watchlist program.
  
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1075), we will air the remarks delivered at that briefing by Corey Saylor, Research and Advocacy Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ammar Ansari, CAIR Research and Advocacy Coordinator, and Zanah Ghalawanji, Legal Director at CAIR. Two expert guests also participated at the briefing, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Chair and Founder of Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race & Gender at the University of California Berkeley, and Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C. We will also air their remarks regarding CAIR's new civil rights report "Progress in the Shadow of Prejudice".
 
CAIR's report reveals that in 2022, it received a total of 5,156 complaints nationwide (a 23 percent decrease from 2021), complaints about law enforcement and government overreach dropped by 38 percent, while at the same time, complaints about school incidents increased by 63 percent.
 
In the report, CAIR states: "Regardless of the total number of complaints, the human experience of being subjected to hate remains chilling. The case studies section of this report provides examples of the effects of Islamophobia on the lived experiences of American Muslims and efforts to secure justice for them."

   
             

 

Date:

August 17, 2023    (Episode # 1,074)

     
Guests/
Topic:

"Christian Theology in the Palestinian Context" by Varsen Aghabekian, Munther Isaac, Mitri Raheb, and Jack Sara
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1074), we will air the remarks of four esteemed Palestinian Christian leaders from Bethlehem, Palestine, who spoke in Houston, Texas at an event organized by Churches for Middle East Peace and Fuller Seminary Houston. We will air the remarks of Dr. Varsen Aghabekian, the Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb, the Reverend Dr. Munther Isaac, and Dr. Jack Sara. Their talk explores how Palestinian Christian theology engages with biblical notions of the Land and its inhabitants. In their remarks, they talk about their perspectives and their take on what’s happening in Palestine, the Christian Palestinian population, the plight of Palestinian Christians and their experience living under occupation, oppression, discrimination, injustice, and dehumanization, Palestinian Christian Theology, “Christ at the checkpoint”, the new Israeli government, the rise of Israeli incitements and incidents against Palestinian Christians, their call for American Christians, evangelicals, activists, leaders, pastors and theologians, and much more.
 
We will also listen to brief remarks from the organizers of the event, Alexis Busetti with Fuller Seminary Houston, Wayne Park, chancellor of Fuller Texas, and Lauren Draper, Middle East Fellow at Churches for Middle East Peace.
  
Varsen Aghabekian (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, USA) is a management and policy consultant. She has directed several national studies and authored numerous manuals, articles and national reports on Jerusalem, education, youth, and women. Recent publications include Palestinian women in politics and Christian migration from the Holy Land. A founding member of several non-governmental organizations and forums. Dr. Aghabekian is an active member in university boards and human rights organizations, including Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. She served as the Commissioner General of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights as well as a member of the Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Church of the Nativity.
 
Munther Isaac (Ph.D., Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) is the academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine and director of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference. He is also pastor of Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. He is the author of The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope and From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centered Biblical Theology of the Promised Land."
 
Mitri Raheb (Ph.D., Philipps University at Marburg, Germany) is the founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem and the co-founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a not for profit 501c3 in the USA. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author and editor of 40 books including: The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine; Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes; I am a Palestinian Christian; Bethlehem Besieged.
 
Jack Sara (Ph.D., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) is the President of Bethlehem Bible College and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Alliance Church in the Holy Land, where he maintains a role overseeing church leadership. Jack has worked extensively in the area of peace and reconciliation and has played a pioneering role in several ministries in the Bethlehem area and internationally.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 10, 2023    (Episode # 1,073)

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Lein Soltan
 
We will speak with Lein Soltan, Advocacy and Operations Manager at UNRWA USA about UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and the crucial services it has been providing to millions of Palestinian refugees, Advocacy work at UNRWA USA, and the Blocking of $75 Million US Food Aid to UNRWA by Rep. McCaul (R-TX) & Sen. Risch (R-ID).
 
Lein Soltan is a Palestinian American born and raised in North Carolina to Palestinian refugee parents fleeing the Gulf War in Kuwait. She holds a Masters in Public Health with a Global Health concentration and a Bachelors in Biology with a Marine Science concentration from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Lein spent the first seven years of her career as a marine biologist, managing a sea turtle research lab at UNC after working as an ocean outdoor educator in San Diego.

Lein’s transition to global health was inspired by her experience growing up as a first-generation American in a Palestinian refugee family, ingraining a sense of global connectivity and a responsibility to advocate for her people. Lein is passionate about the connections between the environment, animals, and health and hopes to bring an environmental justice lens to her advocacy work at UNRWA USA.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Interview with Mustafaa Carroll and Hadi Jawad
 
We will speak with two Texas activists Mustafaa Carroll and Hadi Jawad about Representative Michael McCaul of Texas and Senator James Risch of Idaho Blocking of $75 Million Food Aid to Palestinian Refugees through UNRWA, and the URGENT Call for Action.
 
Mustafaa Carroll is a lifelong community activist, and lecturer, who currently serves as the Convenor for the North Texas Chapter of the Muslim Alliance for Black Lives, and also serves on the board of United Colors Education Center.
 
Carroll has served on several boards including the Shura of the North Texas Islamic Council, the Make-A-Wish Foundation board of North Texas, the advisory committee of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the board of the Coalition Of Community Organizations in Houston’s 5th Ward, and also served as Executive Director for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Houston and Dallas.
  
Hadi Jawad is a Dallas based peace and justice activist, advocate and organizer who devotes much of his time to human rights and social justice issues in the DFW metroplex area.
 
Working with the Dallas Peace Center in the 1990’s, Jawad led efforts in North Texas to oppose sanctions on Iraq, the subsequent US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and organized the largest antiwar protest in Dallas’ history. He is a co-founder of the Crawford Peace House in Crawford, Texas, that in 2005 drew national and international attention to the failing US/ NATO occupation of Iraq. In 2007, Jawad launched the short-lived “American Muslim Voices” in N. Texas, one of the earliest Muslim radio shows in the country.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 3, 2023    (Episode # 1,072)

     
Topic:

"Navigating Anti-Imperialism and Anti-Authoritarianism: The Syrian Uprising and the Question of Palestine" by Bassam Haddad
Part 2 of 2 / Q&A Session

  

During the previous episode of Arab Voices (# 1,071), already archived on our website ArabVoices.net, we aired a lecture by Professor Bassam Haddad titled "Navigating Anti-Imperialism and Anti-Authoritarianism: The Syrian Uprising and the Question of Palestine," that shed light on crucial aspects of the Syrian civil war. During this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,072), we will air the question and answer session that followed his lecture.
 
Dr. Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, delivered that lecture on May 24, 2023, at the annual Hisham Sharabi Memorial Lecture, organized by the Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. The annual lecture is dedicated to Professor Hisham Sharabi, the founder of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center.
 
Professor Haddad delved into the complexities of the Syrian civil war, which initially began as a popular uprising fueled by widespread discontent due to neoliberal policies implemented since the 1990s. However, it eventually escalated into a multifaceted regional and international proxy conflict. He discussed how interventions by regional actors, ostensibly supporting the uprising, had a detrimental effect on its original inclusive nature. These interventions led to the sectarianization, weaponization, and internationalization of the uprising.
 
Professor Haddad addressed the significant implications of the devastating Syrian war on Syrians, Palestinians, and the region. He addressed the interplay between the Syrian situation and its influence on the Palestine question, particularly within the dynamic landscape of shifting alliances in the region. Professor Haddad's lecture emphasized the need for a nuanced understanding of the intricacies surrounding the Syrian case, highlighting its far-reaching repercussions within Syria and the broader Middle East.
   
Bassam Haddad is Founding Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the acclaimed three-part documentary series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam served on the Board of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and is Executive Producer of Status Audio-Visual Podcast. He is also the Executive Editor of the Knowledge Production Project and Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). He received MESA’s Jere L. Bacharach Service Award in 2017 for his service to the profession. Currently, Bassam is working on his second Syria book titled Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 27, 2023    (Episode # 1,071)

     
Topic:

"Navigating Anti-Imperialism and Anti-Authoritarianism: The Syrian Uprising and the Question of Palestine" by Bassam Haddad
Part 1 of 2 / Lecture
  

The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held its annual Hisham Sharabi Memorial Lecture on May 24, 2023, dedicated to Professor Hisham Sharabi, the founder of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center. The guest speaker was Professor Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, and a former student of Sharabi. His lecture, titled "Navigating Anti-Imperialism and Anti-Authoritarianism: The Syrian Uprising and the Question of Palestine," shed light on crucial aspects of the Syrian civil war.
 
Professor Haddad delved into the complexities of the Syrian civil war, which initially began as a popular uprising fueled by widespread discontent due to neoliberal policies implemented since the 1990s. However, it eventually escalated into a multifaceted regional and international proxy conflict. He discussed how interventions by regional actors, ostensibly supporting the uprising, had a detrimental effect on its original inclusive nature. These interventions led to the sectarianization, weaponization, and internationalization of the uprising.
 
Professor Haddad addressed the significant implications of the devastating Syrian war on Syrians, Palestinians, and the region. He addressed the interplay between the Syrian situation and its influence on the Palestine question, particularly within the dynamic landscape of shifting alliances in the region. Professor Haddad's lecture emphasized the need for a nuanced understanding of the intricacies surrounding the Syrian case, highlighting its far-reaching repercussions within Syria and the broader Middle East.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,071), we will air that lecture in its entirety, and some of the questions and answers that followed, and we plan to air the rest of the questions and answers during the next episode of Arab Voices.
  
Bassam Haddad is Founding Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the acclaimed three-part documentary series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam served on the Board of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and is Executive Producer of Status Audio-Visual Podcast. He is also the Executive Editor of the Knowledge Production Project and Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). He received MESA’s Jere L. Bacharach Service Award in 2017 for his service to the profession. Currently, Bassam is working on his second Syria book titled Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 20, 2023    (Episode # 1,070)

     
Topic:

“Actualizing a One-State Solution” by Jeff Halper
     
Jeff Halper, an Israeli-American activist, organizer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Director of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and co-founder of The One Democratic State Campaign, spoke in Houston, Texas on the topic  "Actualizing a One-State Solution", opposing US government support of Israeli apartheid and advocating for the One Democratic State Campaign - a genuine call for political action, and the establishment of a single democratic state including everyone living between the River and the Sea, including Palestinian refugees who choose to return to their homeland.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,070), we will air Jeff Halper's remarks. Halper delivered that talk at the University of Houston on October 22, 2022, at an event organized by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.
 
While in Houston, Jeff Halper also spoke at a different event on “Israeli House Demolitions”, and that talk was aired on Arab Voices previously and is archived on our website at https://www.arabvoices.net/archives/ArabVoices102722.mp3.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 13, 2023    (Episode # 1,069)

     
Topic:

“From Adam to Murad: Universal History Through Ottoman Eyes”, by Dr. Emine Fetvacı
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1069), we will air the 2023 Annual Lecture in Ottoman History held on March 1, 2023, at the University of Houston, organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston. The lecture is titled “From Adam to Murad: Universal History Through Ottoman Eyes”, presented by Dr. Emine Fetvacı, and introduced by Dr. Emire Cihan Yüksel, Associate Professor at the University of Houston, who is serving as the 2022-23 Acting Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies.
 
In the sixteenth century, artists and historians working for the Ottoman court in Istanbul produced multiple works of Ottoman history that eulogized the ruling elite. The books varied in content: some described the reign of a particular sultan, others focused on the military campaigns of a courtier, yet others were universal histories that fit the Ottoman dynasty into a long line of rulers including Old Testament prophets and pre-Islamic Persian heroes from the Shahnama (Book of Kings). This talk will examine Zubdat al Tawarikh, an illustrated universal history that was made for the ruler Murad III (r. 1574-1595) and its models. Through the paintings of this and other Ottoman histories, we will trace changes in the Ottoman concept of the ideal ruler during the sixteenth century.
 
Dr. Emine Fetvacı is the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor in Islamic & Asian Art, Boston College. She specializes in the arts of the book in the early-modern Islamic world. Her first book, Picturing History at the Ottoman Court (Indiana University Press, 2013), was awarded the 2014 M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. Her latest monograph, The Album of the World Emperor: Cross-Cultural Collecting and Album Making at the Ottoman Court (Princeton University Press, 2019), which has been nominated for the 2021 Charles Rufus Morey Award of the College Art Association, focuses on an imperial album created for the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-1617), and examines the art and architecture produced during the sultan’s reign. Her most recent project examines artistic connections between the Ottoman and Mughal Empires.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 6, 2023    (Episode # 1,068)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Israel's Deadly Attack & War Crimes in Jenin
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1068), we will talk about the latest Israeli attack, aggression, and war crimes committed in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, where on July 3, 2023, the Israeli occupation forces launched another deadly and destructive attack on the city of Jenin and its refugee camp, murdering 12 Palestinians, injuring 120, and causing massive destruction to the city and its refugee camp. It even used aerial missile strikes against the Palestinian population, and forced thousands of Palestinians out of their homes.
 

2nd Segment: How Israel tests weapons on Palestinians, a podcast from the Electronic Intifada
     
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will also air a podcast from the Electronic Intifada on how Israel tests weapons on Palestinians. In this podcast, Nora Barrows-Friedman interviews journalist, filmmaker, and best-selling author Antony Loewenstein to talk about his latest book, The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports The Technology Of Occupation Around The World. Loewenstein’s book is a meticulously researched exposé on how Israel tests weaponry and surveillance technology on Palestinians, perfecting what he calls the architecture of control. He talks about Israel’s occupation and the requisite dehumanization of Palestinians as a marketing tool, and its weapons and spyware – including NSO Group’s signature Pegasus software – as Israel’s export assets. This technology is being sold to global markets as “field-tested.”

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 29, 2023    (Episode # 1,067)

     
Guest/
Topic:

“The Black Study of an Old Matter: The Poetic Socialities of Africanité and Arabité" by Professor R.A. Judy
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1067), we will air a lecture delivered at the University of Houston held on February 9, 2023, titled “The Black Study of an Old Matter: The Poetic Socialities of Africanité and Arabité by R.A. Judy, Professor of Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. The lecture was organized by The Arab-American Educational Foundation Dr. Burhan and Mrs. Misako Ajouz Professor of Arab Studies at the University of Houston, co-sponsored by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies, the Department of English, and the Department of African American Studies at the University of Houston.
 
In his lecture, Professor R.A. Judy considers the way in which the confluence of conceptual performative poetic practices of living with nothingness challenge the politic
al foundations of the neoliberal world order. Two illustrations of this are “sṭambālī” and “diwān.”
 
Professor R.A. Judy is introduced by D
r. Hosam Aboul-Ela, Professor of English and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Dr. Burhan and Mrs. Misako Ajouz Professor of Arab Studies at the University of Houston.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 22, 2023    (Episode # 1,066)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Salim Tamari (in Ramallah) - "Virtual Return to Jaffa"
Nakba 75 Special

     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,066), we will air an interview Hanan Awad conducted with Salim Tamari (in Ramallah) on the topic "Virtual Return to Jaffa".
 
Salim Tamari is a Palestinian sociologist, and historian, who serves as a Research Associate for the Institute for Palestine Studies, and is the editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly.
   
This interview
is part of Arab Voices Nakba 75 Special Episodes we are airing during the months of May and June 2023, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe.
    
All Arab Voices episodes, including the special Nakba 75 episodes are archived on our website www.ArabVoices.net for on-demand listening.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 15, 2023    (Episode # 1,065)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Marwah Tibi (in Taybe) on Film & Identity in Palestine
Nakba 75 Special

     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,065), we will air an interview Hanan Awad conducted with Marwah Tibi (in Taybe) about ”Film & Identity in Palestine”. Marwah Tibi is an independent filmmaker who produces and directs documentaries in Palestine.
  
This interview
is part of Arab Voices Nakba 75 Special Episodes we are airing during the months of May and June 2023, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe.
    
During the next episode of Arab Voices, we will air an additional interview hosted by Hanan Awad with another distinguished guest, Salim Tamari (in Ramallah) with a ”Virtual Return to Jaffa”.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 8, 2023    (Episode # 1,064)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamie (in Gaza) on Mental Health Under Occupation (Part 2 of 2)
Nakba 75 Special

     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,064), we will air part 2 of the interview Hanan Awad conducted with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamie (in Gaza) on "Mental Health Under Occupation". Dr. Abu Jamie is the General Director of the Gaza Mental Health Program, and a leading Palestinian Psychiatrist. During the previous episode of Arab Voices, we aired part 1 of that interview (archived on our website www.ArabVoices.net).
 
This interview
is part of Arab Voices Nakba 75 Special Episodes we are airing during the months of May and June 2023, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe.
    
Over the next few weeks, we will air additional interviews hosted by Hanan Awad with other distinguished guests, including Marwah Tibi in Taiybe on ”Film & Identity in Palestine”, and Salim Tamari in Ramallah with a ”Virtual Return to Jaffa”.
 

   
  Clare Daly's Response to Ursula von der Leyen
     
In this episode, we will also air the response of Clare Daly, Member of the European Parliament, to the message issued by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, about "a celebration of 75 years of Israel's independence and friendship with Europe", which included many lies!
   
             

 
          

Date:

June 1, 2023    (Episode # 1,063)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamie (in Gaza) on Mental Health Under Occupation (Part 1 of 2)
Nakba 75 Special

     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,063), we will air part 1 of an interview Hanan Awad conducted with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamie (in Gaza) on "Mental Health Under Occupation". Dr. Abu Jamie is the General Director of the Gaza Mental Health Program, and a leading Palestinian Psychiatrist.
 
This interview
is part of Arab Voices Nakba 75 Special Episodes we are airing during the months of May and June 2023, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe.
    
We will air part 2 of Hanan's interview with Dr. Abu Jamie during the next episode of Arab Voices, and over the next few weeks, we will air additional interviews hosted by Hanan Awad with other distinguished guests, including Marwah Tibi in Taiybe on ”Film & Identity in Palestine”, and Salim Tamari in Ramallah with a ”Virtual Return to Jaffa”.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 25, 2023    (Episode # 1,062)

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Batoul Abuharb about the Houston Palestine Film Festival
      
Interview with Batoul Abuharb with the Houston Palestine Film Festival about the upcoming 16th annual festival that features the latest films in Palestinian Cinema. The festival is scheduled to take place over two weekends: June 2nd & 3rd (at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston) and June 9th & 10th (at Rice University Cinema). Three major films will be screened at the festival:
 
A Gaza Weekend

Friday, June 2 & 9, 2023 at 7 p.m.
A British journalist tries to escape Israel after the UN imposes an embargo from land, air, and sea due to the spreading of a virus.
 
Mediterranean Fever
Saturday, June 3 & 10, 2023 at 3 p.m.
Waleed is an aspiring writer suffering from chronic depression who cultivates a relationship with a petty criminal neighbor.
 
Alam
Saturday, June 3 & 10, 2023 at 7 p.m.
A Palestinian-Israeli high schooler undergoes a political awakening when he falls for the outspoken new girl in his class.
 
The festival will also screen several short films: Palestine 87 directed by Bilal Alkhatib, Angel of Gaza directed by Ahmed Mansour, and the short documentary Last May in Palestine directed by Rabeea Eid.
     

 

2nd Segment: Interview with Saleh Diab (in Sheikh Jarrah)
Nakba 75 Special

     
Interview with Saleh Diab, a Palestinian activist, and one of the leaders of the struggle against expulsions of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. Diab was jailed 20 times by the Israeli Occupation Forces but continues to resist, and his story speaks volume of the resilience and steadfastness of the Palestinians against the ongoing Israeli aggressions and attempts to force him and other Palestinians out of their homes from Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem. Saleh Diab’s family was forced out of their home in Jaffa in 1948, so for him and many other Palestinians, the Palestinian Nakba is ongoing!
 
This interview with Saleh Diab
is part of Arab Voices Nakba 75 Special Episodes we are airing during the months of May and June 2023, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe.
   
Over the next few weeks, we will air interviews hosted by Hanan Awad with other distinguished guests, including Yasser Abu Jamie in Gaza on “Mental Health Under Occupation”, Marwah Tibi in Taiybe on ”Film & Identity in Palestine”, and Salim Tamari in Ramallah with a ”Virtual Return to Jaffa”.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 18, 2023    (Episode # 1,061)

     
1.  Apartheid Israel's deadly attack on the Gaza Strip (May 8-13, 2023) that killed 33 Palestinians including 6 children and 3 women, injured 190 others including 64 children and 38 women, and resulted in the complete destruction of 103 housing units, severely damaged 140 units (considered unlivable), and damaged another 2,700 units, displacing 1,244 Palestinians, an ongoing Nakba. Furthermore, the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip damaged 26 schools, 2 hospitals, and 2 primary health care clinics.
 
2. Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Rana Barakat (in Birzeit) about Lifta Village
Nakba 75 Special Episode

      
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,061) we will air an interview Hanan Awad conducted with Rana Barakat, Associate Professor of History and Contemporary Arab Studies at Birzeit University in occupied Palestine. Barakat's research interests include the history and historiography of colonialism, nationalism, and cultures of resistance. She is currently working on a book monograph titled "Lifta and Resisting the Museumification of Palestine: Indigenous History of the Nakba". Barakat’s work explores the struggles of Lifta's people and their efforts to preserve their village as a symbol, not just for the importance of cultural heritage, but also as a symbol of the hope to return to their homes in Palestine.
  
This interview is part of Arab Voices Nakba Special Episodes we are airing during the months of May and June 2023, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe. These episodes are hosted by Hanan Awad, and include interviews with several distinguished guests, including Salman Abu Sitta on the “The Right of Return”, Rana Barakat on “Lifta Village”, Yasser Abu Jamie on “Mental Health Under Occupation”, Marwah Tibi on ”Film & Identity in Palestine”, Saleh Diab and his ”Eyewitness Account”, and Salim Tamari with a ”Virtual Return to Jaffa”.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 11, 2023    (Episode # 1,060)

     
1. Commentary on the one-year anniversary of Shireen Abu Akleh's assassination by Apartheid Israel
2. The Deadly Israeli Attack on the Gaza Strip
3.
   
Interview with Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (part 2 of 2)
    
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (in London) on "The Right of Return" (Part 2 of 2)  -  Nakba 75 Special Episode
      
The month of May 2023, marks the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba. Nakba is an Arabic word for Catastrophe. 75 years ago, in May 1948, right before the British Mandate was to expire in Palestine, 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 nearly 850,000 Palestinians out of their homes. The Palestinians call that Al-Nakba (The Catastrophe).
 
In commemoration of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba, Arab Voices will air special episodes hosted by Hanan Awad during May & June 2023. Hanan will interview several distinguished guests, including Salman Abu Sitta on “The Right of Return”, Rana Barakat on “Lifta Village”, Yasser Abu Jamie on “Mental Health Under Occupation”, Marwah Tibi on ”Film & Identity in Palestine”, Saleh Diab and his ”Eyewitness Account”, and Salim Tamari with a ”Virtual Return to Jaffa”.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,060), we will air part 2 of the interview Hanan Awad conducted with Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (in London). During the last episode of Arab Voices, we aired part 1 of that interview (archived on our website).
 
Abu Sitta is a Palestinian researcher, former member of the Palestinian National Council, Founder of Palestine Land Society, general coordinator of the Right of Return Congress, and author of several books.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 4, 2023    (Episode # 1,059)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (in London) on "The Right of Return" (Part 1 of 2)  -  Nakba 75 Special Episode
      
The month of May 2023, marks the 75th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba. Nakba is an Arabic word for Catastrophe. 75 years ago, in May 1948, right before the British Mandate was to expire in Palestine, 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 nearly 850,000 Palestinians out of their homes. The Palestinians call that Al-Nakba (The Catastrophe).
 
In commemoration of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba, Arab Voices will air special episodes hosted by Hanan Awad during May & June 2023. Hanan will interview several distinguished guests, including Salman Abu Sitta on “The Right of Return”, Rana Barakat on “Lifta Village”, Yasser Abu Jamie on “Mental Health Under Occupation”, Marwah Tibi on ”Film & Identity in Palestine”, Saleh Diab and his ”Eyewitness Account”, and Salim Tamari with a ”Virtual Return to Jaffa”.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,059), we will talk about Al-Nakba, and air part 1 of the interview with Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (in London). Abu Sitta is a Palestinian researcher, former member of the Palestinian National Council, Founder of Palestine Land Society, general coordinator of the Right of Return Congress, and author of several books.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 27, 2023    (Episode # 1,058)

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Becky Lao about the Marsh Arabs Project
      
During the first segment, we will interview Becky Lao, Executive Director of Archeology Now, and one of the Marsh Arabs Project leaders.
 
The Marsh Arabs Project is a collaboration between Archeology Now and the Arab-American Educational Foundation. The project will include the construction of an Iraqi mudhif (المضيف) on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas, and will be made up of reeds from Iraq (15 feet tall, 15 feet wide, and 27 feet long). The project will also include talks/lectures, cultural activities, a film screening on the Marsh Arabs of Iraq, and will also host classes. The project will provide one of the first opportunities for Americans to see and experience an authentic representation of an ancient culture with immense historical significance.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Interview with Dr. Khaled Mustafa Medani about the Crisis in Sudan
     
We will interview Professor Khalid Mustafa Medani about the crisis in Sudan that reached the Sudanese Capitol Khartoum, for the first time in Sudan's history. We will talk about the fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces that has killed hundreds of Sudanese and injured thousands. Tens of thousands have fled their homes, and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding as a result of the fighting. We will discuss all of that and more.
 
Dr. Khalid Mustafa Medani is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies who is also Chair of the African Studies Program at McGill University in Canada. His research focuses on globalization, and the political economy of Islamist and Ethnic Politics in Africa and the Middle East, with a special focus on Sudan, Egypt, and Somalia. Dr. Medani is a Sudanese Scholar. He is the author of
Black Markets and Militants: Informal Networks in the Middle East and Africa, which received an award from the American Political Science Association for the Best Book in the Field of Middle East and North Africa Politics by a Senior Scholar in 2022.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 20, 2023    (Episode # 1,057)

     
Topic:

International Day of Al-Quds Houston Remarks      
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,057), we will air some of the remarks delivered at the International Day of Al-Quds rally held in front of the Consulate General of Israel in Houston, Texas, on April 14, 2023. Al-Quds is Jerusalem in Arabic, and the International Day of Al-Quds is usually held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan in numerous cities in the U.S. and other countries.
 
During this episode, we will air the remarks of Syed Farhat Abbas, a Muslim Scholar with the Islamic Education Center in Houston, David Smith, an organizer with the Houston Socialist Movement, Kamal Khalil with the Palestinian American Council, Pervez Agwan, running for Congress in the newly drawn District 7 in Texas, Derrick Broze, activist, author, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and Houston Mayoral Candidate, Zaara Shafi with Students for Justice in Palestine at Rice University, Anna Rajagopal with Students for Justice in Palestine at Rice University, Alizay Azeem with Students for Justice in Palestine at Rice University, Dr. Qamber Jafri, Alex Kerry with the Palestinian Youth Movement, Yasmeen with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, Alex McDonald, founder of Texas Coalition for Human Rights, Mohammed Nabulsi with the Palestinian American Cultural Center and the Palestinian Youth Movement, and Mohammed Rashid with the Palestinian Youth Movement.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 13, 2023    (Episode # 1,056)

     
Guest/
Topics:

Zakaria Odeh (in occupied Jerusalem)
      
Our guest for
this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,056) will be Zakaria Odeh, a human rights activist, and Executive Director for the Civil Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem.
 
We will speak with Zakaria Odeh (in occupied Jerusalem) about the occupied city of Jerusalem, the significance of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque, banning Palestinian Christians & Muslims from the West Bank and Gaza Strip to visit Jerusalem, denying access to Al-Aqsa mosque to Muslims, denying permits for medical treatments to Palestinians, the ongoing and escalated Israeli brutal attacks on Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem, the discrimination and measures imposed by Apartheid Israel on Palestinians in Jerusalem and at Al-Aqsa mosque, the revocation of residency from Palestinians living in occupied Jerusalem, absentee law, forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes, home demolitions, military checkpoints and roadblocks, Israeli colonies and colonizers horrific acts against Palestinians, targeting, prosecuting and jailing Palestinian children, imposing Israeli education system & curriculum on Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, forbidding teachers from talking about the Palestinian Nakba or Israeli Occupation in schools, the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and more.
 
NOTE: The International Day of Al-Quds-Houston event will be held on Friday, April 14, from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm. in front of the Consulate General of Israel, 24 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 6, 2023    (Episode # 1,055)

     
Topic:

National Arab American Heritage Month, and National Arab American Medical Association Houston Chapter biennial Ben Qurrah Award Gala Honorees
      
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,055), we will talk about the National Arab American Heritage Month (April 2023), which is a celebration and recognition of Arab Americans, their rich culture, heritage, and contributions, and President Joe Biden's historic proclamation.
 
And in celebration of Arab Americans and their contributions, we will air some of the remarks delivered at the National Arab American Medical Association Houston Chapter 12th biennial Ben Qurrah Medical Award Gala, held in Houston, Texas, on February 4, 2023. Named for the 8th Century Arab Physician Thābit Ben Qurrah, renowned for his work to modernize mathematics and medicine, the biennial Ben Qurrah 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. Hana El Sahly, Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology and Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine as the Houston honoree.
 
Dr. Elias Jabbour, Professor of Medicine, Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as the National/International honoree.
 
Dr. Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, Cataract, Refractive, & Cornea Surgeon, Director of Research, Whitsett Vision Group, Clinical Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine as the Rising Star Award honoree.
 
And from the 2020 pandemic selection:
Dr. Nizar Tannir, Endowed Ransom Horne, Jr. Professorship for Cancer Research at The University of Texas (UT), MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). He served as Deputy Chair (April 2012-February 2019) then as Chair ad interim (March 2019-August 2020) of the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of some of the honorees delivered at that gala, including the remarks of Dr. Nizar Tannir, Dr. Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, and Dr. Hana El Sahly. Because of the time limit, we will not air the remarks of Dr. Elias Jabbour, but you can listen to his remarks here.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 30, 2023    (Episode # 1,054)

     
Guest:

Richard Silverstein
      
Richard Silverstein is a freelance journalist. He writes the Tikun Olam blog, devoted to exposing the excesses of the Israeli national security state. His work has appeared in Haaretz, the Middle East Eye, The Nation, the New Arab, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Forward, and the Seattle Times.
 
Silverstein contributed to the essay collection devoted to the 2006 Lebanon war, A Time to Speak Out, and has another essay in the collection, Israel and Palestine: Alternate Perspectives on Statehood.
  

   
Topics:

In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,054), we will discuss with Richard Silverstein the strikes, and mass protests in Apartheid Israel, the new extremist far-right wing fascist Israeli government, the proposed "judicial changes", reactions to what is happening from the U.S. administration and amongst the Jewish communities and organizations, the new letter sent by several U.S. representatives led by Jamaal Bowman and Sen. Bernie Sanders and endorsed by 70 Jewish organizations demanding President Biden to probe Israel's use of U.S. arms, media coverage of how Israeli forces are handling Israeli demonstrators vs. Palestinian demonstrators, the impact the new government has on the Palestinians, the ongoing genocide against the Palestinians by Israel and its colonizers, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 23, 2023    (Episode # 1,053)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Ramadan, Remembering Rachel Corrie, Home Demolitions, Smotrich's Remarks & Use of Map
      
During the 1st segment, we will talk about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, The 20th anniversary of Apartheid Israel’s murder of U.S. Citizen and peace activist Rachel Corrie, Israeli home demolitions, and the Israeli Finance Minister’s remarks about the Palestinians and his use of a map showing Jordan as part of Israel.
 
March 16, 2023, marked the 20th anniversary of the murder of Rachel Corrie, a U.S. peace activist from Olympia, Washington. She was killed by Israel in the occupied Gaza Strip in Palestine. On that day, Rachel Corrie was protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the occupied Gaza Strip by the Israeli Occupation Military, when an Israeli bulldozer crushed her to death.
 
On this 20th anniversary of the murder of Rachel Corrie, we will air a prose written by Amber Poole titled "Rachel Corrie: Slated For Demolition". Amber read that prose live on Arab Voices during an interview we conducted with Cindy and Craig Corrie, the parents of Rachel Corrie back in 2003.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Iraq 20 Years Later
     
Twenty
years ago, on March 20, 2003, the United States, under President George W. Bush, launched a massive attack on Iraq and occupied it. The U.S. waged that war based on lies accusing Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction, which was not the case. The war was catastrophic to Iraq and its people. It devastated the country, destroyed its infrastructure, killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, displaced millions of Iraqis, destroyed the health and educational systems, Iraq’s economy, and its oil (Iraq has the second largest oil reserve in the world, and many believe Iraq’s oil is one of the main reasons the US occupied Iraq to steal its oil). That war wreaked havoc on Iraq on many levels. The US also used Depleted Uranium on the Iraqi people, and its effect are lived to this day in Iraq because depleted uranium is a chemically toxic and radioactive heavy material that can pose extremely harmful environmental and health risks for communities that live close to war zones.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air previous interviews we conducted with Dr. Imad Khadduri, former Iraqi Nuclear Scientist, who worked with the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission for 30 years (we talked about Iraq's nuclear weapons program), and an interview with Scott Ritter, former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector in Iraq (we talked about weapons of mass destruction and his inspection in Iraq). In addition, we will air portions of a recent interview Democracy Now! conducted with two Iraqis looking back at how the unprovoked U.S. invasion devastated Iraq and helped destabilize much of the Middle East. They interviewed Feurat Alani, a French Iraqi writer and documentarian who was based in Baghdad, Iraq from 2003 to 2008. His recent piece for The Washington Post is headlined “The Iraq War helped destroy what it meant to be an Iraqi.”, and Sinan Antoon, an Iraqi born and raised in Baghdad. He is a writer, poet, translator, and associate professor at New York University. His latest piece appeared in The Guardian, headlined “A million lives later, I cannot forgive what American terrorism did to my country, Iraq.”

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 16, 2023    (Episode # 1,052)

     
Topic:

“Sisters in the Mirror: A History of Muslim Women and the Global Politics of Feminism” by Dr. Elora Shehabuddin
      
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1052), we will air some of the remarks delivered at an event organized and hosted by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston on February 2, 2023. It was a book launch discussion of “Sisters in the Mirror: A History of Muslim Women and the Global Politics of Feminism” by Dr. Elora Shehabuddin.
 
Dr. Shehabuddin is Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Global Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was Professor of Transnational Asian Studies and Core Faculty in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University prior to moving to Berkeley in 2022.
 
The book launch discussion featured a talk by Dr. Elora Shehabuddin about her new book “Sisters in the Mirror: A History of Muslim Women and the Global Politics of Feminism”, and contributions from Dr. Elora Halim Chowdhury, Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali, Professor of Anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Susan Ferguson, Associate Professor Emerita, Digital Media and Journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
We will air in this episode the remarks of Dr. Elora Shehabuddin, Dr. Elora Chowdhury, and Dr. Susan Ferguson.
 
We will skip the remarks of Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali because of the time, but we will post a link to the entire event on our website www.ArabVoices.net once it is published by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 9, 2023    (Episode # 1,051)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Michael Ibrahim
     
We will speak with Michael Ibrahim, National Arab Orchestra Founder and Music Director. We will talk about the National Arab Orchestra, and the upcoming Houston event Treasures of the East: Timeless Classics of the Arab World, which will highlight some of the Arab world’s most treasured pieces of music with a performance that will showcase the rich beauty and diverse heritage of the Arab world with special guest artists, Ranine Chaar and Mohamed Mohsen. Treasures of the East builds bridges between communities by providing a forum for people to connect through the joy of Arab music and the atmosphere of such performances the National Arab Orchestra is famed for.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: In Memoriam: Arab Voices Interview with Senator James Abourezk
     
We will air an interview we conducted previously with U.S. Senator James Abourezk who passed away on February 24, 2023, at the age of 92.

Senator James Abourezk was the son of Lebanese Arab immigrants. Between 1948 and 1952, James served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was elected as a United States Representative from South Dakota in 1970. He served in that role for one term before being elected as a United States Senator for South Dakota in 1972, where he served until 1979. James made history as the nation’s first Arab American Senator. James Abourezk was the founder of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

During that interview, we talked about several issues including the U.S.-led War on Iraq, the rhetoric of attacks on Iran, the Lebanese-Syrian relations, Nuclear weapons in the Middle East and Israel's Nuclear Arsenal, the Israel Lobby and its effect on U.S. Policy, Israel's attack on the USS Liberty and the U.S. cover-up, and the U.S. Patriot Act and status of Arab Americans.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 2, 2023    (Episode # 1,050)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Ongoing Palestinian Genocide
     
We will talk about the escalation of Apartheid Israel's ongoing plans of ethnic cleansing in Palestine, war crimes, atrocities, aggression, slaughter, genocide, terrorism, land theft, discrimination, Apartheid, home demolitions, and a whole lot more.  
 

On February 22, Israeli occupation forces murdered 11 Palestinians and injured more than 100 in Nablus City in the occupied West Bank. On February 26, hundreds of Israeli colonizers, gangs, and terrorists, escorted and protected by the Israeli occupation soldiers stormed the town of Huwara, south of Nablus City in the occupied West Bank, burned down 35 Palestinian houses and partially damaged 40 others, and torched or destroyed more than 100 cars belonging to Palestinians. One Palestinian was killed and 400 were wounded in the Israeli rampage on the Huwara town, and on March 1, large Israeli occupation forces stormed Aqabet Jaber refugee camp near Jericho in the occupied West Bank, killing one Palestinian, injured several others, and kidnapped a number of Palestinians. During its attack on the village, Israeli occupation soldiers placed a Palestinian man and his very young son as human shields, a common practice of the Israeli occupation soldiers, which is prohibited by International law.

 
What we are witnessing in occupied Palestine is genocide and terrorism at its highest forms, while Israel continues to enjoy full impunity for its terrorism, war crimes, and genocide against the Palestinian people.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: The Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange (Part 3 of 3)
     
During the previous two episode of Arab Voices, we aired some of the remarks delivered at
The Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange, held in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2023, organized by Progressive International and the Wau Holland Foundation.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (#1,050), we will air more remarks delivered at that tribunal, including the remarks of Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, John Shipton, father of Julian Assange, Betty Medsger, investigative reporter, Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Suchitra Vijayan, writer, photographer and activist, and Professor Noam Chomsky, linguist and activist.
  
Julian Assange is WikiLeaks Founder who exposed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq. He is being held in a British jail, was charged by the United States government with the publication of classified documents and exposing war crimes committed by U.S. forces, in Iraq. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted of violations of the Espionage Act. In June 2022, the British government approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges.

In 2010, WikiLeaks released government materials related to American military operations in the Middle East, including a video showing American pilots in Iraq making jokes as they opened fire on a group of non-combatants that included civilians and journalists, as well as on Iraqis who came to their aid, killing numerous civilians and seriously wounding two children.

Nearly 20 experts spoke at the Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange, including Ben Wizner, lead attorney at ACLU of Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, lawyer and former CIA employee, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher at the The Nation, Margaret Kunstler, civil rights attorney, Stefania Maurizi, investigative journalist, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Jeremy Corbyn, member of the U.K. Parliament and founder of the Peace and Justice Project, Steven Donziger, human rights attorney, Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief at WikiLeaks, Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights attorney, Chip Gibbons, policy director of Defending Rights & Dissent, Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, John Shipton, father of Julian Assange, Betty Medsger, investigative reporter, Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Suchitra Vijayan, writer, photographer & activist, and Professor Noam Chomsky, linguist and activist. Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now! and Sreshko Horvat, co-founder of DiEM25, co-chaired the tribunal.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 23, 2023    (Episode # 1,049)

     
Topic:

The Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange (Part 2)
     
During the previous episode of Arab Voices, we aired some of the remarks delivered at
The Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange, held in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2023, organized by Progressive International and the Wau Holland Foundation.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices (#1,049), we will air more remarks delivered at that tribunal, including the remarks of Jeremy Corbyn, member of the U.K. Parliament and founder of the Peace and Justice Project, Steven Donziger, human rights attorney, Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief at WikiLeaks, Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights attorney, and Chip Gibbons, policy director of Defending Rights & Dissent.
 
Julian Assange is WikiLeaks Founder who exposed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq. He is being held in a British jail, was charged by the United States government with the publication of classified documents and exposing war crimes committed by U.S. forces, in Iraq. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted of violations of the Espionage Act. In June 2022, the British government approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges.

In 2010, WikiLeaks released government materials related to American military operations in the Middle East, including a video showing American pilots in Iraq making jokes as they opened fire on a group of non-combatants that included civilians and journalists, as well as on Iraqis who came to their aid, killing numerous civilians and seriously wounding two children.

Nearly 20 experts spoke at the Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange, including Ben Wizner, lead attorney at ACLU of Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, lawyer and former CIA employee, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher at the The Nation, Margaret Kunstler, civil rights attorney, Stefania Maurizi, investigative journalist, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Jeremy Corbyn, member of the U.K. Parliament and founder of the Peace and Justice Project, Steven Donziger, human rights attorney, Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief at WikiLeaks, Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights attorney, Chip Gibbons, policy director of Defending Rights & Dissent, Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, John Shipton, father of Julian Assange, Betty Medsger, investigative reporter, Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Suchitra Vijayan, writer, photographer & activist, and Noam Chomsky, linguist and activist. Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now! and Sreshko Horvat, co-founder of DiEM25, co-chaired the tribunal.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 16, 2023    (Episode # 1,048)

     
Topic:

The Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange (Part 1)
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1048), we will air some of the remarks delivered at The Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange, held in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2023, organized by Progressive International and the Wau Holland Foundation.
 
Julian Assange is WikiLeaks Founder who exposed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq. He is being held in a British jail, was charged by the United States government with the publication of classified documents and exposing war crimes committed by U.S. forces, in Iraq. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted of violations of the Espionage Act. In June 2022, the British government approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges.

In 2010, WikiLeaks released government materials related to American military operations in the Middle East, including a video showing American pilots in Iraq making jokes as they opened fire on a group of non-combatants that included civilians and journalists, as well as on Iraqis who came to their aid, killing numerous civilians and seriously wounding two children.

Nearly 20 experts spoke at the Belmarsh Tribunal D.C. — The Case of Julian Assange, including Ben Wizner, lead attorney at ACLU of Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, lawyer and former CIA employee, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher at the The Nation, Margaret Kunstler, civil rights attorney, Stefania Maurizi, investigative journalist, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Jeremy Corbyn, member of the U.K. Parliament and founder of the Peace and Justice Project, Steven Donziger, human rights attorney, Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief at WikiLeaks, Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights attorney, Chip Gibbons, policy director of Defending Rights & Dissent, Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, John Shipton, father of Julian Assange, Betty Medsger, investigative reporter, Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Suchitra Vijayan, writer, photographer & activist, and Noam Chomsky, linguist and activist. Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now! and Srecko Horvat, co-founder of DiEM25, co-chaired the tribunal.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that Tribunal by Ben Wizner, Jeffrey Sterling, Margaret Kunstler, Stefania Maurizi, as well as the opening remarks by Amy Goodman and Srecko Horvat.
 
Arab Voices will air more remarks delivered at that Tribunal during the next episode of Arab Voices.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 9, 2023    (Episode # 1,047)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Devastating Earthquake in Turkey & Syria and How to Help
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the deadly earthquake that hit Turkey & Syria and ways you can help.
 
The massive 7.8 earthquake caused major damage in Turkey & Syria, and according to officials, the death toll has surpassed 20,000 in both countries with tens of thousands more injured, and the recovery efforts are still underway with many people still buried under the rubble. Thousands of buildings were destroyed, and tens of thousands of people can no longer go back to their damaged homes.
  
Arab Voices extends its deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of this devastating earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Turkey & Syria.

  
Organizations Accepting Donations for Earthquake Relief Efforts:
 

   www.syrianamericanclub.com
   www.hhrd.org
   www.centeraap.org
   www.isgh.org
   www.masnational.org/TE
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Removal of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee
     
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Democratic Representative from Minnesota, who is an Arab-American, Muslim-American, African-American, and critical of Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian people, was ousted on February 2, 2023, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee by House Republicans, who accused her of being anti-Semite. Many argue that her removal has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, but because she is outspoken, standing for what’s right and what’s wrong, and because she is critical of the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian people.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices,
we will talk about that, and we will air the remarks delivered on the House floor by some of the lawmakers that debated the resolution on her removal. We will air the remarks of Representatives Gregory Meeks (New York), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Cori Bush (Missouri), Pramila Jayapal (Washington), Mark Pocan (Wisconsin), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), Betty McCollum (Minnesota), Janice Schakowsky (Illinois), Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), and we will also air Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s response.
 
We will also air the remarks delivered at a press conference held in front of the U.S. Congress, by a coalition of American Muslim, Arab-American, Jewish, and Iranian-American groups responding to the ouster of Representative Omar from her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. We will air the remarks of Robert McCaw, Government Affairs Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Jasmine Hawamdeh, Communications Manager for the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Edward Ahmed Mitchell, National Deputy Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Iman Awad, Deputy Director of Emgage Action, Mohammad Ali, Director of Policy and Government Relations at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Donna Farvard, National Organizing Director at the National Iranian American Council Action, Emily Kaplan, Senior Legislative and Electoral Grassroots Organizer at Jewish Voice for Peace Action, and Mongi Dhaouadi, President of the Tunisian United Network and Executive Director of the Libyan American Alliance.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 2, 2023    (Episode # 1,046)

     
Guest:

Dr. Ramzy Baroud
     
A
US-Palestinian journalist, media consultant, author, internationally-syndicated columnist, Editor of Palestine Chronicle, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs. He is the author of several books and a contributor to many others. The books he authored include Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion, The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle, My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story, The Last Earth, a Palestinian Story, These Chains Will Be Broken, and his latest volume, co-edited with Ilan Pappe, is titled Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak Out.
 
Dr. Ramzy Baroud’s work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, has contributed to and was referenced in hundreds of books and academic journals, and has been a guest speaker at many universities around the world. He is also a regular guest on many television and radio programs nationally and internationally.
 

   
Topics:

We will speak with Dr. Baroud about many issues and points, including why Israel is escalating its attacks on the Palestinians throughout the West Bank, and particularly in Jenin, the reasons for the increased armed resistance to the Israeli occupation in the West Bank, Israeli theft of Palestinian artifacts and destruction of their archaeological sites, Israel’s “soft” annexation of the West Bank, the Israeli ”great Jerusalem plan”, home demolitions, the ongoing destructions in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Khan Al-Ahmar, Masafer Yatta, and other places, Israeli control of Palestinian water resources, Israeli colonies and the criminal acts of the Israeli colonizers, Palestine 48, the new Israeli government and its new measures and policies imposed on the Palestinians, the impunity Israel has, the support of the US to Israel’s crimes and its refusal to recognize Palestinians in the West Bank as occupied, Palestinian resistance and steadfastness, possible solutions to the crisis, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 26, 2023    (Episode # 1,045)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Another Israeli Massacre
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the latest Israeli massacre committed against the Palestinians, where on January 26, 2023, Israeli occupation forces stormed the Palestinian city of Jenin and its refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, shot and killed at least 9 Palestinians, including a 60-year-old Palestinian woman, and wounded at least 20 others (some are in critical condition). Israeli occupation forces prevented ambulances and paramedics from reaching the wounded or transporting them to hospitals, fired at an ambulance, and even fired gas bombs at the pediatric section of Jenin Government Hospital, causing suffocation cases from gas inhalation among Palestinians, including mothers and children.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Oppositions to Texas Senate Bill 147
     
We will talk about the proposed new legislation in the State of Texas (Senate Bill 147) that will ban governments, businesses, and individual citizens of China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia from buying real estate in Texas. Many are warning that such legislation could easily be expanded to include citizens of other countries, and there are talks about similar legislation that might be introduced to the US Congress.
 
In today’s episode of Arab Voices, we will air the reactions and some of the remarks about Senate Bill 147 delivered on January 23, 2023, by several elected officials, organizations, and community members at a press conference held in Houston, Texas, the 4th largest and most diverse city in the United States, and largest city in Texas. We will air the remarks of State Representative Gene Wu, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Representative Dr. Suleman Lalani (among first Muslims elected to Texas Legislature), William White, Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), Lesley Briones, Harris County Commissioner Pct. 4 and former judge, Phillip Andrews with Fort Bend County Republican Party, Alice Chen, City of Stafford Council Member, Niloufar Hafizi, Iranian-American and Civic Engagement Director at Emgage Texas, Ling Luo, Chair of the Asian Americans Leadership Council, and Zafar Tahir, Pakistani-American Businessman.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 19, 2023    (Episode # 1,044)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes" (part 2 of 2)
     
During
last week’s episode of Arab Voices (#1,043), we aired the remarks delivered at a panel discussion titled “Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes”. That panel was part of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 2022 Alex Odeh Memorial Conference and Gala held in October 2022 in California, where they explored the issues that impact the community, while honoring Alex Odeh and celebrating Arab American excellence and achievement. The panel was moderated by Cheryl Faris, and it explored how organizational and individual bonds overlap to effect and influence redistricting designations for voting rights, monitoring the police, and pressuring elected officials toward legislation that ensures effective changes for justice. The speakers on this panel were Buki Domingos, co-founder of San Diego’s Racial Justice Coalition, Jeanine Erikat, Palestinian-Muslim American serving as the Policy Lead at the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA), and Tazheen Nizam, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-San Diego.
  
During this episode of Arab Voices (#1,044), we will air the remaining questions and answers that followed the remarks we aired last week at the panel “Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes”. The questions addressed voting, empowering communities, engaging elected officials, political education, elevating young women leaders, advice to young women starting in the political world, and the rise in anti-Muslim hate in India.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Ajit Sahi on Hindutva
     
One of the questions and answers addressed in the Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes panel (previous segment) was on the rise of anti-Muslim hate in India, where nearly 200 million Muslims are facing persecution, illegal arrests, and unlawful demolition of Muslim houses. Many are calling what is happening in India a genocide against Muslims.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a speech about Hindutva, an ideology that advocates for Hindu supremacy. That talk was delivered at the ICNA-MAS Convention held in Baltimore, Maryland in May 2022, by Ajit Sahi, Advocacy Director at the Indian American Muslim Council.
 

   
 

3rd Segment: Directory of American Muslim Elected Officials
     
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, and Jetpac, held a news conference on October 25, 2022, in Washington, D.C., to announce the release of the first national directory of local, state and federal elected Muslim officials and judges in the United States. CAIR and Jetpac’s directory documented 189 elected officials holding local and state office across 30 states. These officials include members of Congress, state legislators, mayors, councilors, school board officials, judiciary members, and law enforcement.

During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that press conference announcing the release of the first national directory of local, state and federal elected Muslim officials and judges in the United States.
 
An updated/final list of 82 local, state legislative, statewide, judicial, and federal American Muslim electoral victories counted in 2022 midterm election, was released by CAIR and Jetpac, and that list is posted here.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 12, 2023    (Episode # 1,043)

     
Topics:

“Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes" (part 1 of 2)
     
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab American grassroots civil rights organization in the United States committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage, held its 2022 Alex Odeh Memorial Conference and Gala on October 7th and 8th 2022 in California, where they explored the issues that impact the community, while honoring Alex Odeh and celebrating Arab American excellence and achievement.
 
There were great speakers and excellent topics discussed at that conference, and in this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,043), we will air the remarks delivered at the panel titled “Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes”.
  
The panel was moderated by Cheryl Faris, and it explored how organizational and individual bonds overlap to effect and influence redistricting designations for voting rights, monitoring the police, pressuring elected officials toward legislation that ensures effective changes for justice, and more. The speakers on this panel were Buki Domingos, co-founder of San Diego’s Racial Justice Coalition, Jeanine Erikat, Palestinian-Muslim American serving as the Policy Lead at the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA), and Tazheen Nizam, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-San Diego.
  
About the moderator and panelists:
   
Cheryl Faris was raised in a Lebanese community in Fall River, MA. After earning a BA degree from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s from NYU, she moved to Los Angeles and obtained a JD degree from Loyola Law School. She practiced law for 25 years at an international telecommunications company, then switched careers to teach Law and Psychology at a college prep high school in West Los Angeles. While there, she founded and ran an award-winning Mock Trial program. Cheryl served on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, and for many years sat on the National Board of ADC, working closely with Alex Odeh and Jim Abourezk. She was the first woman president of the Arab-American Lawyers’ Association of Southern California, and is currently the chair of the board of Impro Theatre. She performs in long-form improvised plays in the styles of Dickens and Shakespeare, and can fluently speak in iambic pentameter.

Jeanine Erikat is a Palestinian-Muslim American serving as the Policy Lead at the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA). In that role, Jeanine leads PANA's community listening sessions, advocacy campaigns, redistricting efforts, and engages the community in PANA’s policy priorities to fight for the economic, social, and civic inclusion of refugee and immigrant communities. An alumnus of the Women Foundation of California's Solis Policy Institute, Jeanine holds a B.S. in Public Health Sciences as well as a B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine. A passionate advocate for health education, she devotes her free time volunteering at multiple organizations dedicated to uplifting both the Arab and Muslim communities

Nigerian-born Buki Domingos is the co-founder of San Diego’s Racial Justice Coalition. Fluent in five languages, she draws upon her personal experiences to build resources for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. As a member of San Diego County's Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board, Buki assists coalitions in vetting candidates and shaping legislation on policing and discrimination. In 2017 she attended the National Feminist Organizing School in Philadelphia sponsored by Grassroots Global Justice, and in 2019 was selected as one of the official representatives for San Diego at the National Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Buki began her career as a singer/songwriter who worked with artists such as Elton John and Whitney Houston. She now works full time as a healthcare professional while also volunteering with the Indigenous Health Care Support group. In addition to all that she does, Buki created, and continues to run, the KNSJ Radio show “Alafia: Voices of the African Diaspora” which focuses on the struggles that communities of color are immersed in and the organizations and individuals that support those communities

Tazheen Nizam is the Executive Director of CAIR - San Diego. Tazheen has deep roots in the San Diego Muslim American Muslim community and has worked extensively with the interfaith community, and has been an active voice in San Diego politics. She is the Founder & Co-Chair of the North County Immigration Task Force, where she has advocated for immigrants’ rights. She serves as Community Development Block Grant Commissioner for the City of Vista. She also serves on multiple non-profit boards, including the San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association, South Vista Communities, the Tri-City Islamic Center, and others. Prior to joining CAIR-SD , Tazheen worked as a finance consultant and accounting professional for over 20 years. Tazheen is an alumnus of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) and the Rockwood Fellowship Institute. Tazheen holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Organization Management & Finance. She also holds certifications in Non-Profit Management, Paralegal Studies, and Mediation.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 5, 2023    (Episode # 1,042)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: A Horrific, Deadly & Devastating 2022 for the Palestinians
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the horrific and bloody 2022 year for Palestinians in occupied Palestine, where Apartheid Israel continued to escalate its war crimes against the Palestinians, as part of its Zionist settler-colonial and ethnic cleansing project. At least 240 Palestinians were killed by Apartheid Israel including 47 children in 2022, approximately 10,000 Palestinians were injured by Apartheid Israel, 6,500 Palestinians were kidnapped from the occupied Palestinian areas by Apartheid Israel, more than 832 buildings and infrastructures belonging to Palestinians were demolished by Apartheid Israel, and at least 13,000 olive trees were uprooted.

 
          

   
 

2nd Segment: Israeli Apartheid: Tool of Zionist Settler Colonialism
     
On November 29, 2022, Al-Haq, an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization based in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, released a landmark coalition report titled “Israeli Apartheid: Tool of Zionist Settler Colonialism”. The report explores Israel’s settler colonial and apartheid regime imposed on the Palestinian people.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at a special event held in occupied Ramallah in the West Bank to talk about that report, including the remarks of
Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Rania Muhareb, one of the authors of the new report who is an Al-Shabaka policy member and a former legal researcher and advocacy officer at Al-Haq organization, Tamam Mohsen, advocacy officer at Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in the besieged Gaza Strip, and Omar Barghouti, a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. We will also air a new documentary produced by Al-Haq titled "Israel’s Settler Colonial Apartheid Regime: Segregating The Palestinian People".
 
Prominent Reports about Israeli Apartheid:
     

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 29, 2022    (Episode # 1,041)

     
Topic:

Rami Khouri on Arab Autocracies & U.S. Policy
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,041), we will air a program from
Alternative Radio, in which David Barsamian, the award-winning investigative journalist, interviews Rami Khouri, a senior fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Founding Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, on Arab Autocracies & U.S. Policy. The interview was conducted in early December 2022, at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, held in Denver, Colorado.
 
Topics covered in the interview: What influence, if any, the events in Iran may have on the Arab States, how has the Ukraine war impacted the Arab region, the disappearance of coverage of the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Palestine, Israel, BDS, autocrats in the Middle East, U.S., Saudi Arabia, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, United Arab Emirates, political relationships, US Policy, military basis in the Arab region, colonial powers, Arab uprisings, the war on Yemen, regional powers, proxy wars, political prisoners in Egypt, the situation in Lebanon and the collapse of its economy, what's happening in Syria, climate change, environmental issues, the water problem in Jordan, prospects for hope in the Arab region, and more.
  
Autocracy: concentrated power in the hands of a few. The U.S. is linked to a network of Arab autocracies led by sultans, emirs, and military dictators who are called allies and partners. Politics and economics make for strange bedfellows. Perhaps none is stranger than the one with the feudal regime of Saudi Arabia. The Washington/Riyadh axis goes back to 1945 when FDR met King Saud on a U.S. destroyer in the Suez Canal. The deal was struck. The U.S. would protect the Saud monarchy and in return, American corporations would have access to Saudi oilfields. In the decades since ties between the two countries have remained close. Today, the U.S. has been supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has resulted in almost 400,000 dead and millions hungry.
 
Rami Khouri has reported on the Arab region for decades. He is a senior fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School. He was the Founding Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut in 2006-14.He was Executive Editor of the Beirut Daily Star and before that Editor-in-Chief of The Jordan Times. His articles appear in major newspapers around the world.
     
Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is an award-winning weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in corporate media. With headquarters based in Boulder, Colorado and with only two full-time and two part-time paid staff, AR airs on over 200 radio stations.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 22, 2022    (Episode # 1,040)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: World Cup Hosted by Qatar, the Murder of Palestinian Political Prisoner Nasser Abu Hmeid, and the Forced Expulsion of Palestinian-French Human Rights Lawyer Salah Hammouri
     
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the
World Cup hosted for the first time in an Arab & Muslim country, Qatar, and its historic successes despite some outrage and hatred by some sports analysts, TV personalities, and politicians against hosting the World Cup in an Arab/Muslim country.
   
We will also talk about Nasser Abu Hmeid, a Palestinian Political Prisoner who died while in Israeli occupation custody because Israel prevented him from receiving proper medical aid, and will also talk about Apartheid Israel’s forcible expulsion of Palestinian-French Human Rights Lawyer Salah Hammouri from occupied Palestine.
       

   
 

2nd Segment: Al Jazeera takes the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court (ICC)
     
Shireen Abu Akleh, a prominent world-renowned Palestinian-American Journalist who worked for Al Jazeera TV Channel was assassinated by Apartheid Israel on May 11, 2022. Since her assassination, Shireen Abu Akleh’s family as well as Al Jazeera, have been calling for an independent investigation into her murder and also calling for justice and accountability. Several Human Rights groups, international media outlets, the United Nations, and as described by witnesses, concluded from their own findings that an Israeli soldier fired at and assassinated Shireen Abu Akleh.
 
On December 6, 2022, Al Jazeera Media Network submitted a formal request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute those responsible for killing veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. A press conference was held in the Hague after the filing with the International Criminal Court, and in this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at that press conference, including the remarks of
Cameron Doley, Al Jazeera's External Council, Rodney Dixon KC, Al Jazeera's Lawyer, Lina Abu Akleh, Shireen Abu Akleh’s niece, Walid Al-Omari, Al Jazeera's Bureau Chief in Jerusalem, Frane Maroević, Executive Director of the International Press Institute, and Antoine Bernard, Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation at Reporters Without Borders.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 15, 2022    (Episode # 1,039)

     
Topic:

ACC's 26th Annual Unity & Friendship Gala: Honoring History - Celebrating Change
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) in Houston, Texas, held its 26th Annual Unity and Friendship Gala on December 3, 2022. The Gala Chairs were Hadia Mawlawi and Rachida Benamar. The Master of Ceremonies was Jonathan Martin with FOX 26 News. During the Gala, the ACC highlighted and celebrated the rich Culture and People of Algeria. This year’s ACC honorees were Imad Abdullah (2022 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award), Dr. Kadreya Abou-Sayed (2022 ACC Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award), and Nujoud Merancy (2022 Arab American Women Trailblazers Award). The event also included live performances by Dalila Mekadder and Liliane Kheirbeck.
       
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will listen to most of the remarks delivered at the Gala, including the remarks of
Hadia Mawlawi and Rachida Benamar, Gala Chairs, Jill Yaziji, ACC President, honoree Imad Abdullah (introduced by Dr. Abdel Kader Fustok), honoree Dr. Kadreya Abou-Sayed (introduced by Imad Abdullah), and honoree Nujoud Merancy (introduced by Dr. Kadreya Abou-Sayed).
 
Imad Abdullah
Architect, real estate broker, original founding member of the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC), and a Charter Trustee. He served as ACC President and as a member of the board for many years. He chaired the Nominations Committee for five years and continues to be a member. Imad also served on the ACC Building Committee, which brought the building to completion in 2001, and since its inception, he offered site planning and design concepts for the building. Imad is a member of the Board of Directors of "Nora's Home for Transplant Patients and their families". In 2012 he published his book "A Crystal Ball Visioning: Unfolding the 21st Century". He recently published several articles on current world events in academia.edu.
 
Dr. Kadreya Abou-Sayed

One of the original founders of the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC). She has served on the board of the Arab-American Education Foundation (AAEF), and is one of the founders of the Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer (FECC) where she served as its first President. She is a licensed professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the Petroleum Industry.
 
Nujoud Merancy

Systems Engineer with extensive background in human spaceflight and spacecraft at NASA Johnson Space Center. She is currently the Chief of the Exploration Mission Planning Office responsible for the team of engineers and analysts designing, developing, and integrating NASA's human spaceflight portfolio beyond low earth orbit.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 8, 2022    (Episode # 1,038)

     
Topic:

"Gaza: The Longest Siege in Modern History - 2007 to the Present" (Part 2 of 2)
     
The Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island, held a panel discussion on October 3, 2022, titled "Gaza: The Longest Siege in Modern History - 2007 to the Present". The speakers were Aya Al-Ghazzawi, a Writer, and an English language teacher in the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Jehad Abusalim, a PhD candidate at the History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies Joint Program at New York University, Hadeel Assali, Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, Dr. Swee Chai Ang, Orthopedic surgeon, and Author, and Dr. Fady Joudah, Physician, Poet, and Translator.
 
The event was co-sponsored by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston and The Jerusalem Fund, and was hosted by the Mahmoud Darwish Visiting Professor in Palestinian Studies,
Abdel Razzaq Takriti, who is also the first holder of the inaugural Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History and the Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
During the last episode of Arab Voices, we aired the remarks of Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Aya Al-Ghazzawi, and Jehad Abusalim, and in this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of
Hadeel Assali, Dr. Swee Chai Ang, and Dr. Fady Joudah.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 1, 2022    (Episode # 1,037)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Lebanon: Turning Crisis Into Recovery" Q&A Session (part 2 of 2)
     
During
last week’s episode of Arab Voices, we aired the remarks delivered at a panel titled “Lebanon: Turning Crisis Into Recovery”. That panel was part of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 2022 Alex Odeh Memorial Conference and Gala held in October 2022 in California, where they explored the issues that impact the community, while honoring Alex Odeh and celebrating Arab American excellence and achievement. At that panel, Dr. Souhail Toubia moderated an examination of the multiple crises facing Lebanon, which included the various paths towards recovery. The panel explored the humanitarian crisis, Lebanese-American aid, the political and social upheaval, as well as economic and recovery options. Dr. Toubia was joined by Sarah M. A. Gualtieri, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, History, and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California, James E. Rauch, Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, and Hassan Essayli, all of whom provided invaluable insight into the unfolding situation in Lebanon.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air most of the questions and answers that followed the remarks we aired last week on Lebanon.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: "Gaza: The Longest Siege in Modern History - 2007 to the Present" (Part 1 of 2)
     
The Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island, held a panel discussion on October 3, 2022, titled "Gaza: The Longest Siege in Modern History - 2007 to the Present". The speakers were Aya Al-Ghazzawi, a Writer, and an English language teacher in the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Jehad Abusalim, a PhD candidate at the History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies Joint Program at New York University, Hadeel Assali, Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, Dr. Swee Chai Ang, Orthopedic surgeon, and Author, and Dr. Fady Joudah, Physician, Poet, and Translator.
 
The event was co-sponsored by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston and The Jerusalem Fund, and was hosted by the Mahmoud Darwish Visiting Professor in Palestinian Studies,
Abdel Razzaq Takriti, who is also the first holder of the inaugural Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History and the Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks of Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Aya Al-Ghazzawi, and Jehad Abusalim, and we will air the remarks of Hadeel Assali, Dr. Swee Chai Ang, and Dr. Fady Joudah during the next episode of Arab Voices.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 24, 2022    (Episode # 1,036)

     
Topic:

"Lebanon: Turning Crisis Into Recovery"
     
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab American grassroots civil rights organization in the United States committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage, held its 2022 Alex Odeh Memorial Conference and Gala on October 7-8, 2022, in California, where they explored the issues that impact the community while honoring Alex Odeh and celebrating Arab American excellence and achievement.
  
There were great speakers and excellent topics discussed at that conference, and we plan to air some of them on this program. In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,036), we will air the remarks delivered at the panel titled “Lebanon: Turning Crisis Into Recovery”.
  
At that panel, Dr. Souhail Toubia moderated an examination of the multiple crises facing Lebanon, which included the various paths towards recovery. The panel explored the humanitarian crisis, Lebanese-American aid, the political and social upheaval, as well as economic and recovery options. Dr. Toubia was joined by Sarah M. A. Gualtieri, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, History, and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California, James E. Rauch, Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, and Hassan Essayli, all of whom provided invaluable insight into the unfolding situation in Lebanon.
 
About the moderator and panelists:
 
Sarah Gualtieri is an award-winning historian, teacher, and author currently serving as a professor in the Departments of American Studies and Ethnicity, History, and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California. Her research bridges several areas of expertise, notably Middle East Migration Studies and Arab American Studies with a particular focus on questions of race, gender, and power. In 2009 Sarah published her first book, Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora, which traced how Arabs came to be officially classified as white by the U.S. government, and how different Arab groups interpreted, accepted, and contested this racial classification over the course of the 20th century. Her most recent book, published in 2020, titled Arab Routes: Pathways to Syrian California, traces the stories of Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian migrants in Southern California, which has won the Arab American Book Award and the Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies.
 
James E. Rauch is Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2019, Oxford University Press published his textbook, The Economics of the Middle East. He has conducted extensive research in the Middle East and was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Financial Economics in the American University of Beirut.
 
Hassan Essayli was born in Yater, South Lebanon in 1952. At age 17, he came to California as an exchange student with the American Field Service program, and upon his return to Lebanon, completed his baccalaureate education. Hassan then immigrated to the United States in 1972 to attend California State University, Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's degree in Political Science. Hassan became a member of the American-Arab University Graduates (AAUG) and the National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA), whose goals were to make Americans aware of Arab history and contributions to world civilization. With the Civil war raging in Lebanon, Hassan made it his mission to save young people from becoming casualties of the war by bringing them to study in the United States. He served as a National board member of ADC and won an ADC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He is a member of several civil and human rights organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International. He volunteers his time as head of the Sadr Foundation USA, West Coast branch, which aims to raise money for an orphanage in South Lebanon. Hassan is the proud father of two young men, Jad and Kareem, both attorneys, who continue his legacy in Southern California.
 
Dr. Souhail Toubia is a Lebanese American physician and inventor. For the past ten years he has served on the National Board of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and has been an ADC member since 1985. Dr. Toubia lives in Orange County, California. He has served on the Orange County ADC board for twelve years and has been actively involved in humanitarian work for thirty years. Dr. Toubia graduated from the University of Brussels, Belgium and did his family practice residency at the University of California, Irvine. He has participated in volunteer work with the Flying Samaritans treating and bringing medical equipment and medications to farmers and villagers in remote areas in Mexico, particularly in Baja California. Currently, Dr. Toubia is a retired physician who, alongside his charitable work, continues to invent, design, and develop medical/dental equipment and implants.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 17, 2022    (Episode # 1,035)

     
Topic:

Q&A Session that followed Professor Rashid Khalidi's Lecture on the Balfour Declaration and the Impact it has had on the Palestinian People (Part 2 of 2)
     
During the previous episode of Arab Voices (#1,034), we aired a lecture on the Balfour Declaration and the impact it has had on the Palestinian people as this month, November 2022, marks the 105th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, issued by the British government, and laid the foundation for the establishment of a Jewish-Zionist state at the expense of the indigenous Palestinian population, promising the land of Palestine to the Zionist movement. The lecture was delivered at the United Nations in November 2017 by Professor Rashid Khalidi, organized by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. 
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,035), we will air the Question & Answer Session that followed Professor Rashid Khalidi’s lecture on the Balfour Declaration and the impact it has had on the Palestinian people. Some of the questions included: could Palestinian leaders have targeted British colonialism instead of Zionism; why did Britain make such a promise in spite of its interest in the Arab world from the Suez to the Gulf; did the Zionist movement try to get support from the Ottoman Sultan, why is it that the British decided they would put the Jewish people in a particular area, and did they want to get rid of them; why the British have not apologized yet for the Balfour declaration; how would the international community deal with the issue of the absentee property law; how much did the Balfour declaration aim to delete the Palestinian identity; is a British apology for the Balfour Declaration beneficial for Palestinians; more information on the Aliens Act implemented by Balfour; the significance of identifying and calling the Palestinian people indigenous in Palestine; and more.
 
Professor Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 10, 2022    (Episode # 1,034)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: New Investigation Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh
     
On November 3, 2022, in commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, Al-Haq and Forensic Architecture announced the joint submission of forensic evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) based on their investigation of the Extrajudicial Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, Palestinian-American Journalist who was shot and murdered in May 2022 by the Israeli Occupation Forces. Their investigation reveals new evidence of the circumstances of Shireen’s targeted killing, and their findings establish that the report on the incident published by the Israeli occupation forces is false and deliberately misleading. This investigation by Al-Haq and Forensic Architecture is the first to employ a precise digital reconstruction of the incident and has been able to conclusively support both new and existing claims about the targeting of Shireen Abu Akleh by drawing upon new evidence from a range of sources, including previously unseen footage, unpublished autopsy documents, and original testimonies.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the information released in this new investigation report.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Professor Rashid Khalidi's Lecture on the Balfour Declaration and the Impact it has had on the Palestinian People (Part 1 of 2)
     
This month, November 2022, marks the 105th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, issued by the British government, and laid the foundation for the establishment of a Jewish-Zionist state at the expense of the indigenous Palestinian population, promising the land of Palestine to the Zionist movement.
  
In November 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People organized a lecture on the Balfour Declaration and the impact it has had on the Palestinian people. The lecture was delivered at the United Nations by Professor Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air Professor Rashid Khalidi’s lecture on the Balfour Declaration and the impact it has had on the Palestinian people.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 3, 2022    (Episode # 1,033)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Mohammed Nabulsi on the Upcoming Houston Palestinian Festival (largest in North America)
     
We will speak with Mohammed Nabulsi, Palestinian-American attorney, community organizer, Director of Advocacy and Education for the Palestinian American Cultural Center, and Chair of the Houston Palestinian Festival.
 
We will speak with him about the upcoming 10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival, the largest in North America, scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, 2022, at the Crown Festival Park, 18355 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: "Joint Israel/Lobby Infiltration of Civil Rights Group Exposed" by Edward Ahmed Mitchell
     
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The 2022 Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home & Abroad conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,033), we will air the remarks of Edward Ahmed Mitchell on the topic “Joint Israel/Lobby Infiltration of Civil Rights Group Exposed”. Mitchell is the deputy director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 27, 2022    (Episode # 1,032)

     
Topic:

Israeli House Demolitions by Jeff Halper
     
First, Arab Voices brief remarks on Apartheid Israel's ongoing attacks on Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine, its ongoing war crimes, genocide, extrajudicial executions, home demolitions, and its latest attack on Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.
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Jeff Halper, an Israeli-American activist, organizer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Director of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and co-founder of The One Democratic State Campaign, went on a speaking tour in the United States in October 2022, and he spoke in Houston, Texas on two different topics on October 22 and 23. He spoke on Actualizing a One-State Solution in one of these events, and on Israeli House Demolitions during the other.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1,032), we will air Jeff Halper's remarks on Israeli House Demolitions, and some of the questions and answers that followed his talk. Halper delivered that talk on October 23, 2022, at the Live Oak Friends Quaker Meeting House in Houston, Texas. Arab Voices is planning on airing Halper's remarks on Actualizing a One-State Solution in a different episode to be aired on a different week.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 20, 2022    (Episode # 1,031)

     
Topic:

“You Can Be the Last Leaf" - An Evening with Maya Abu Al-Hayyat
     
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston organized and hosted an evening with Palestinian Poet Maya Abu Al-Hayyat on October 19, 2022, for a poetry reading and a discussion about her book “You Can Be the Last Leaf”.

Translated from the Arabic and introduced by Dr. Fady Joudah, You Can Be the Last Leaf draws on two decades of work to present the transcendent and timely US debut of Palestinian poet Maya Abu Al-Hayyat. In You Can Be the Last Leaf, Abu Al-Hayyat has created a richly textured portrait of Palestinian interiority—at once wry and romantic, worried and tenacious, and always singing itself.
  
The evening, moderated by Hanan Awad, included readings from Maya's book. Maya read her poems in Arabic and Maha Abdelwahab read the translation to English.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,031), we will air the poems (in Arabic and English) read by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat, and parts of the discussion that followed.
 
Maya Abu Al-Hayyat is the author of four collections of poetry, four novels, including No One Knows His Blood Type (2013), and numerous children’s stories, including The Blue Pool of Questions (2017). Her work has appeared in A Bird Is Not a Stone: An Anthology of Contemporary Palestinian Poetry (2014). Maya is the editor of The Book of Ramallah: A City in Short Fiction (2021) and the director of Palestine Writing Workshop, an institution that seeks to encourage reading in Palestinian communities through creative writing projects and storytelling with children and teachers.
  
Hanan Awad
 is a Palestinian-American photo essayist, and guest host on Arab Voices Radio Talk Show, based in Houston. As a guest host for her special segment on Arab Voices Radio, Hanan has interviewed several important figures in the Palestinian community; arsists, activists, writers, and more. Hanan Awad is also the president and founder of the Olive Tree Project a 501© (3) that plants 1,000 olive trees in Palestine annually. Hanan’s photography has been exhibited around the world.
  
Maha Abdelwahab
 is a poet and a Literature and Creative Writing PhD candidate at the University of Houston specializing in Empire Studies. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon where she was the recipient of the Promising Scholar Award. Her work can be found in The Adroit JournalRusted RadishesThe Recluse and elsewhere. Her research interests include Arabic-to-English translation, colonial Egypt, and Arab-American diasporic literature exploring abolition, gender, liberation, geography, imperialism and neo imperialism.
  
Fady Joudah
 has published five collections of poems, most recently, Tethered to Stars (2021), translated several collections of poetry from the Arabic, including You Can Be the Last Leaf (2022), and is the co-editor and co-founder of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. He was a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007 and has received the Arab American Book Award, a PEN award, a Banipal/Times Literary Supplement prize from the UK, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is an Editor-at-Large for Milkweed Editions. He lives in Houston, with his wife and kids, where he practices internal medicine.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 13, 2022    (Episode # 1,030)

     
Topic:

"The Widespread Influence of Christian Zionism and Growing Backlash Inside American Churches" by Don Wagner
     
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1030), we will air the remarks delivered by the Reverend Dr. Don Wagner on the topic "The Widespread Influence of Christian Zionism and Growing Backlash Inside American Churches".
 
The Reverend delivered that talk at the annual 2022
Israel Lobby Conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2022, co-hosted by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.
  
Rev. Dr. Don Wagner recently retired as national program director of Friends of Sabeel-North America. Prior to that he was a professor of Middle East studies at North Park University, where he was also the director of its Center for Middle Eastern Studies. During the 1980s he was the national director of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rev. Wagner has served churches in New Jersey and Evanston, IL. He is the author or co-author of five books dealing with Palestinian human rights, Christian Zionism, a theological critique of Zionism and a history of Christianity in Palestine-Israel. These include Anxious for Armageddon: A Call to Partnership for Middle Eastern and Western Christians (1995) , Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land (2014) and Dying in the Land of Promise: Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentecost to 2000 (2003). The history and theology of Christian Zionism is a central topic of the book he is currently writing.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 6, 2022    (Episode # 1,029)

     
Topic:

Human Rights Groups: States Should Act to Protect Human Rights in Palestine, and Dismantle Israel’s Apartheid
     
In August 2021, Apartheid Israel labeled six Palestinian organizations as “terrorist" organizations”, and in 2022, Israeli forces stormed the offices of the Palestinian civil rights organizations, including the offices of
Al-Haq, Addameer, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Union of Palestinian Women Committees, and the Health Workers Committees. The Israeli occupation forces ransacked the offices, stole documents and equipment from them, and welded their doors shut in an attempt to shut them down and prevent them from doing any work.
 
On September 28, 2022, and in response to the alarming escalation in the repression of Palestinian civil organizations, the International Federation for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch gathered as a delegation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to voice their support for Palestinian civil society and fight against the abusive and prolonged Israeli occupation, annexation, impunity, and apartheid.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (# 1029), we will air the remarks delivered at that gathering in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, in support of the Palestinian civil society organizations, and to stand by them in the struggle against the Israeli occupation.
 
We will air the remarks of
Souhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights, Alexis Deswaef, Vice President for the International Federation for Human Rights, and a Human Rights Lawyer, Nathalie Godard, Amnesty International’s France Director of Campaigns, Sari Bashi, Human Rights Watch’s Program Director, and Shawan Jabarin, Al-Haq's General Director. We will also air some of the questions and answers that followed their remarks.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 29, 2022    (Episode # 1,028)

     
Topic:

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

   
   

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

 
  

 
   
          

Date:

September 20, 2022    (Episode # 1,027)

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 13, 2022    (Episode # 1,026)

     
Topic:

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

   
 

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 6, 2022    (Episode # 1,025)

     
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 30, 2022    (Episode # 1,024)

     
Topic:

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 23, 2022    (Episode # 1,023)

     
Guest/
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 16, 2022    (Episode # 1,022)

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 9, 2022    (Episode # 1,021)

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 2, 2022    (Episode # 1,020)

     
Topic:

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

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 26, 2022    (Episode # 1,019)

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 19, 2022    (Episode # 1,018)

     
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
 

3rd Segment: "Are U.S. news organizations getting better or worse in their Middle East reporting?" by Sut Jhally
     
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The 2022 Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home & Abroad conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,018), we will air the remarks of professor Sut Jhally on the topic "Are U.S. news organizations getting better or worse in their Middle East reporting?"

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 12, 2022    (Episode # 1,017)

     
Topics:

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

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

   
 

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 5, 2022    (Episode # 1,016)

     
Topic:

“The nature of democracy and human rights in Israel” by Gideon Levy
     
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The 2022 Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home & Abroad conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices (#1,016), we will air the keynote remarks delivered by Gideon Levy on the topic “The nature of democracy and human rights in Israel”. In his keynote speech he discusses the nature of democracy in Israel, questions about human rights, the occupation and apartheid, his views on the trajectory of Israeli and U.S. news media and how both could improve their reporting, the war on Ukraine and the way Israel had dealt with it, and more.
   
Gideon Levy is a columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz, which he joined in 1982. He spent four years as the newspaper’s deputy editor and is currently a member of its editorial board. He is widely considered the “dean” of Israeli journalism—as well as “the most hated man in Israel.” As Levy has written, “Treating the Palestinians as victims and the crimes perpetrated against them as crimes is considered treasonous.” Levy writes the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 30 years, as well as political editorials for the newspaper. His columns about politics, money, how Israel's military occupation is changing Israeli society and about U.S.-Israel relations are widely read and discussed around the world. Levy was the recipient, with Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb, of the 2016 Olof Palme Prize for their “fight against occupation and violence.” He has also received the Peace Through Media Award, at the 2012 International Media Awards; the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996. His book, The Punishment of Gaza, was published in 2010.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 28, 2022    (Episode # 1,015)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Protests against Human Rights Violations towards Muslims & others by the Indian Government
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, our topic will be the recent human rights and religious freedom violations against Christians, Muslims, and Dalits by the Indian government, as well as the insults by a member of the ruling BJP party toward the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Nearly 200 million Muslims in India are facing persecution, illegal arrests, and unlawful demolition of Muslim houses. In some areas in India, a ban was issued on Muslim women wearing the hijab in schools and colleges. Many are calling what is happening in India a genocide against Muslims.
 
Several protests were held in different cities in the United States in response to the increasing amount of violent and deadly attacks on Muslims, false imprisonment of Muslims, and the destruction of Muslim homes in India under the Modi/BJP regime.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at the recent protests held in Houston and Dallas. We will listen to the remarks of
Ammar Abdullah, a volunteer with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), Mohammed ElFarooqui, Imam of ISGH Baytown Masjid, Shakeib Mashood, President of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) Houston Chapter, William White, Director of Operations for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), and Dr. Omar Suleiman, American Muslim scholar, Imam, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Ajit Sahi on Hindutva
     
We will air a powerful speech on Hindutva delivered at the ICNA-MAS Convention held in Baltimore, Maryland on May 28, 2022, by Ajit Sahi.
 
Ajit Sahi is a journalist and activist, and he is the Advocacy Director at the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC).

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 21, 2022    (Episode # 1,014)

     
Topic:

The Urgency of the Julian Assange Case and the Crisis of Press Freedom
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a program from CodePink Radio titled “The urgency of the Julian Assange case and the crisis of press freedom”. That program was originally published on May 4, 2022,
to mark World Press Freedom Day, and it includes a conversation with journalist Julian Assange's wife Stella and his brother Gabriel who explain the urgency of his case and why it's critical to the future of press freedom.
 
On June 17, 2022, the British government approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges. Assange’s lawyers are expected to challenge that order in the British courts within 14 days. Julian Assange is charged by the United States government with the publication of classified documents and exposing war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted of violations of the Espionage Act. Back in 2010, WikiLeaks released government materials related to American military operations in the Middle East, including a video showing American pilots in Iraq making jokes as they opened fire on a group of non-combatants that included civilians and journalists, as well as on Iraqis who came to their aid, killing numerous civilians and seriously wounding two children.

Several organizations have renewed their call to the Biden administration to drop the charges against Julian Assange, and are calling them an attack on journalism and free speech.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 14, 2022    (Episode # 1,013)

     
Guest/
Topic:

Conversation with Palestinian Freedom Fighter & Resistance Icon Leila Khaled
     

In this episode, Arab Voices guest host Hanan Awad interviews Palestinian freedom fighter and resistance icon Leila Khaled about her journey as a freedom fighter for Palestine. Khaled is a member of the Palestinian National Council and a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Leila Khaled became well-known worldwide for the hijacking of two planes in 1969 and 1970.
     
Born in 1944 in the old city of Haifa, one of the most historical ports in all of Palestine, Leila Khaled spent the first four years of her life with her family until their ultimate displacement during the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948. Even after all these years, Leila still recalls her experience in her homeland and the brutality of her family’s expulsion as a continuous experience of trauma. Leila has since become a revolutionary icon for Palestinians; most notably through the famous picture of her – as a young woman – donning the traditional Palestinian kuffiyeh around her head. This picture alone has become its own symbol of resistance, struggle, and - most importantly – the Palestinian concept of sumud (steadfastness). Images of Leila Khaled can be found around the entire world, wherever signs of injustice are present. Specifically, the segregation wall around the West Bank as well as the military checkpoints, refugee camps, cafés, student dorms, and much more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 7, 2022    (Episode # 1,012)

     
Topic:

 

Journalism’s Fallen Hero: Commemorating Shireen Abu Akleh
     
A special event was held in Houston, Texas on June 5, 2022, at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center titled “Journalism’s Fallen Hero: Commemorating Shireen Abu Akleh”. Shireen was a world-renowned Palestinian-American journalist who was assassinated by the Israeli Occupation Forces on May 11, 2022. The event was co-sponsored by The Arab American Cultural & Community Center, the Palestinian American Cultural Center, the Palestinian Youth Movement, and Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that event and the poems recited about Shireen Abu Akleh. We will air the remarks of
Jill Yaziji, President of the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, Abbas Yacoubi, Palestinian-American activist, and board member, past president, and one of the co-founders of the Palestinian American Cultural Center, Aliya Khawaja with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, DeeDee Baba, Palestinian American Attorney, Mary Ramos, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Women’s Commissioner, and the Reverend Ronnie Lister, co-founder of the Enlightenment Gathering. We will also air two special poems (in Arabic) about Shireen Abu Akleh authored and recited by Hanan Khamis and Dr. Samir Tuma.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 31, 2022    (Episode # 1,011)

     
Topics:

 

1st Segment: Houston Muslim Study Key Findings
     
The recently conducted Houston Muslim Study was an in-depth and fascinating look into the Houston Muslim community: the positive impact, contributions, and challenges facing Muslims in Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States. The Wasat Institute commissioned the survey of Houston Muslims with New America, a think tank based out of Washington D.C., with the partnership of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Clear Lake Islamic Center, and the Islamic Dawah Center.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the key findings of the survey presented by Dr. Robert McKenzie, the senior researcher for this project. He revealed the results at an event organized by Wasat Institute in Houston on May 21, 2022.
 
Dr. McKenzie is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a non-resident fellow at New America. He is a domestic and foreign policy analyst, with fifteen years of applied research and work experience for the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.
 
Arab Voices had interviewed Dr. Robert McKenzie in January 2019 to discuss at that time the results of another study he worked on entitled “Houstonians Views on Muslim Americans”. That local study was part of a larger national study that broke down the “whys” at the heart of misunderstandings about Muslims in America. You can listen to that interview on our website, ArabVoices.net.
        
    

   
 

2nd Segment: International Conference on Jerusalem - The Spark Towards Liberation
     
Several Palestinian organizations, including Adalah, Al-Haq, the Community Action Center/Al-Quds University, and the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, held a conference entitled “International Conference on Jerusalem - The Spark Towards Liberation“. It was held on May 24, 2022, at Al-Quds University in occupied Jerusalem. Several sessions were held at that conference, aiming to build on the momentum sparked by the Unity Uprising in Jerusalem last year, and to further expand on the discourse of settler colonialism and apartheid that the Uprising reinforced internationally.
 
There were many speakers at the conference, and during this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at the “Legalities of the Systematic Geo-demographic Domination in Jerusalem” session, including the remarks of Dr. Mounir Nusseibeh, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, at Al Quds University who spoke on "Silent Displacement", and the remarks of Dr. Ahmad Amara, Legal Researcher, and Lecturer, at New York University, who spoke on “An Ideology of Dispossession: Settling in the Hearts”.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 24, 2022    (Episode # 1,010)

     
Topic:

 

On the Assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh: AlJazeera, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Reverend Ronnie Lister, Mosab Nasser, Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, & Letter by 57 Members of Congresses
     
In the last episode of Arab Voices, we talked about the Israeli assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh, a prominent world-renowned Palestinian-American journalist. Shireen was shot in the head and killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the occupied Jenin Refugee Camp in occupied Palestine on May 11, 2022.
 
During this episode of Arab Voices, we will continue to talk about this heinous crime. We will share with you remarks and comments from AlJazeera (
where Shireen worked for over 20 years) by airing a program called “Start Here” titled “Shireen Abu Akleh – What happened?”. In that segment, Al Jazeera Start Here explains one week after the Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, was shot dead, what do we know about what happened? And why did her work at Al Jazeera mean so much to so many?.
 
We will also air the remarks of
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh, a Moment of Silence for Shireen Abu Aqleh on the House floor by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and some of the remarks delivered on May 17, 2022, at the Vigil held at Houston City Hall in Texas, to
Mourn and Celebrate Shireen Abu Aqleh. We will air the remarks of Reverend Ronnie Lister, Imam and activist Mosab Nasser, and Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
In addition, we will talk about the
letter signed by 57 members of the U.S. Congress to Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, and Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) asking for an official investigation by the U.S. Department of State and the F.B.I. into the killing of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 17, 2022    (Episode # 1,009)

     
Topics:

 

1st Segment: The Assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh by Apartheid Israel
     
Shireen Abu Aqleh, a prominent world-renowned Palestinian-American journalist who was working for Al Jazeera TV was assassinated by the Israeli occupation forces in the occupied Jenin Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank in occupied Palestine on May 11, 2022. Shireen Abu Aqleh was 51 years old and was respected worldwide for her professionalism and coverage of the occupied Palestinian areas for the past 25 years. Shireen was wearing a bulletproof vest marked with the word PRESS in English and also wearing a bulletproof helmet, but the Israeli occupation snipers targeted her and shot her in the head killing her instantly. Al Jazeera producer Ali Al-Samudi who was with Shireen Abu Aqleh was shot in the back by the Israeli occupation forces. He is recovering now from his wounds.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will be talking about the assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh, and the world's reaction to her murder. We will also listen to remarks on that topic by George Galloway, British politician, broadcaster, and writer, and Irish Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett. In addition, we will air portions of the briefing held by Ned Price, US State Department spokesperson, and the tough questions he faced from Said Arikat with AlQuds Newspaper and Matt Lee with the Associated Press.
     
    

   
 

2nd Segment: The 74th Anniversary of the Palestinian NAKBA
     
May 15, 2022, marked the 74th anniversary of the Palestinian NAKBA (Arabic word for Catastrophe), that's when Israel declared its independence on 78% of historic Palestine after wiping out more than 530 Palestinian villages and towns, killing thousands of Palestinians and forcing more than 850,000 Palestinians out of their homes. The Palestinians started referring to that as Al-Nakba, which actually started before 1948 and it continues to this day!

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about the ongoing Palestinian NAKBA, air a special documentary on Al-NAKBA from the American Muslims for Palestine Chicago Chapter, listen to a report from Janna Jihad, the youngest Palestinian journalist, in occupied Ramallah, listen to “What's the Story?: Rami Younis on the Nakba in Lyd” by Mondoweiss, and listen to the Palestinian Reverend Dr. Munther Isaac with Bethlehem Bible College, reading excerpts on the 74th anniversary of Al-Nakba from "The Other Side of the Wall. A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope”.
 
Note: A few years ago, Pacifica Radio Network, produced a special documentary about Al-Nakba, to which Arab Voices contributed, and it aired on all Pacifica radio stations and their affiliates across the U.S. It was a collaboration between Arab Voices and several radio stations. This special documentary featured know experts, Palestinian politicians, elder survivors of the Nakba and their children and grand children, former detainees, reporters, and activists. You can listen to that hour here.
 
NEW: On May 16, 2022, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib introduced a historic resolution recognizing the Palestinian Nakba. The resolution was cosponsored by representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Betty McCollum, Marie Newman, Cori Bush, and Jamaal Bowman.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 10, 2022    (Episode # 1,008)

     
Guests/
Topics:

Conversation with Sanaa Seif and Sharif Abdel Kouddous about the New Book "You Have Not Yet Been Defeated" by Alaa Abd El-Fattah
     
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston and the Arab American Cultural & Community Center held a special Book Launch event on May 4, 2022, of "You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Selected Writings" by Alaa Abd El-Fattah, hosting Sanaa Seif (Alaa's sister) and Sharif Abdel Ko​uddous.
 
Alaa Abd el-Fattah is arguably the most high-profile political prisoner in Egypt, if not the Arab world, rising to international prominence during the revolution of 2011. A fiercely independent thinker who fuses politics and technology in powerful prose, an activist whose ideas represent a global generation which has only known struggle against a failing system, a public intellectual with the rare courage to offer personal, painful honesty, Alaa’s written voice came to symbolize much of what was fresh, inspiring and revolutionary about the uprisings that have defined the last decade. Collected here for the first time in English are a selection of his essays, social media posts and interviews from 2011 until the present. He has spent the majority of those years in prison, where many of these pieces were written. Together, they present not only a unique account from the frontline of a decade of global upheaval, but a catalogue of ideas about other futures those upheavals could yet reveal. From theories on technology and history to profound reflections on the meaning of prison, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated is a book about the importance of ideas, whatever their cost.
 
Sanaa Seif is an Egyptian filmmaker, producer, and political activist. She has been imprisoned three times under the Sisi regime for her activism. Most recently from the summer of 2020 until December 2021, when she was abducted by security forces after trying to get a letter in to her brother in prison. Hundreds of cultural figures and dozens of institutions campaigned for her release. She was released in December and will travel to the US to promote her imprisoned brother, Alaa Abd el-Fattah's, newly published book, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated.

Sharif Abdel Ko​uddous is an independent journalist based in Cairo. For eight years he worked as a producer and correspondent for the TV/radio news hour Democracy Now! In 2011, he returned to Egypt to cover the revolution. Since then, he has reported for a number of print and broadcast outlets from across the region, including Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere. He received an Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media for his coverage of the Egyptian revolution and an Emmy award for his coverage of the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban. He is currently an editor and reporter at Mada Masr, Egypt's leading independent media outlet.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the conversation between Sanaa Seif (Alaa's sister) and Sharif Abdel Ko​uddous, and some of the questions and answers that followed.
 
You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Book Events in the USA

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 3, 2022    (Episode # 1,007)

     
Topics:

 

1st Segment: Arab-American Heritage Month & AAEF Center for Arab Studies at UH - Interview with Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
     
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a program from Sprouts Radio, produced by Arab Voices. Sprouts is a radio program that features community stories from the grassroots and airs nationally on over 100 radio stations in the USA and Europe. In this episode of Sprouts, we talk about the Arab-American Heritage Month and the contributions of Arab-Americans to the American Society. We also highlight (as a recent major Arab-American contribution to the American Society & Globally) the newly created Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston in an interview with
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Remarks at two Major Protests held in Houston Denouncing the Ongoing Israeli Atrocities and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
     
We will air some of the remarks delivered at two recent protests held in Houston, Texas, and attended by hundreds to condemn the ongoing Israeli crimes, atrocities, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
 
The first protest was held on April 23, 2022, in the Galleria area, at one of the busiest intersections in the city, and the second one was held on April 29, 2022, in front of the Israeli Consulate in Houston on the International Day of Al-Quds, which is held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 26, 2022    (Episode # 1,006)

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, for a special Pacifica Radio Archives National Fund Drive that aired on all Pacifica stations in the U.S.
 
The Early History of the Arab-American Community
Although Arab Voices was preempted, a program was submitted for syndication on the other radio stations that air Arab Voices weekly, and I selected to re-air (during the Arab-American Heritage Month) a lecture titled "The Early History of the Arab-American Community" by Professor
Akram Khater, University Faculty Scholar, author, Professor of History, and Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University. He delivered that lecture on February 19, 2019, at the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies at the University of Houston.
 
You can listen to that lecture here.
   
             

 
          

Date:

April 19, 2022    (Episode # 1,005)

     
Guest:

Taher Herzallah
 
Taher Herzallah is the Associate Director of Outreach & Community Organizing for the American Muslims for Palestine organization. He is one of the 'Irvine 11,' a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by the Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. He was also one of six people arrested for protesting the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February 2017. He has had articles published in various media outlets including the Orange County Register and Al Jazeera English, and has been featured on several media and radio interviews throughout the US and internationally. Taher Herzallah studied Political Science and International Affairs at UC Riverside.
    

   
Topic: 

We will speak with Taher about the ongoing Israeli attacks and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, what’s happening in occupied Jerusalem at Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, what’s happening in the occupied West Bank, home demolitions, Israeli colonies, the ongoing blockade on the Gaza Strip, the hypocrisy and double standard of western governments and media outlets coverage of the crisis in Ukraine vs. the crisis in occupied Palestine, the US foreign policy, what people can do in the US, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 12, 2022    (Episode # 1,004)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Houston Iftar 2022 Remarks
     
On April 10, 2022, nearly 2,000 people attended the Annual Houston Iftar (Ramadan Dinner) with the Mayor of Houston. It was one of the largest Iftar dinners in North America. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air a few of the remarks delivered at that event, including the remarks of the keynote speaker, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, Nasruddin Rupani, honorary chair of Houston Iftar 2022, and chairman of Ibn Sina Foundation, MJ Khan, a member of the Houston Iftar organizing committee, former President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and former Houston City Council member (the first Muslim-American council member), Ayman Kabire, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and Congressman Al Green.

   

   
 

2nd Segment: H. RES. 1090: “Recognizing Islam as one of the great religions of the world"
     
Congressman Al Green introduced House Resolution 1090 in August 2020, recognizing Islam as one of the great religions of the world. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered by Congressman Al Green at the U.S. House of Representatives, presenting that resolution. We will also air the remarks of Congressman André Carson speaking about Islam and Muslims at the U.S. House of Representatives in support of Congressman Al Green’s resolution.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 5, 2022    (Episode # 1,003)

     
Topic:

Protecting Palestinian Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society Organizations: Israel’s Baseless Designation of the 6
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at a special panel discussion held on March 15, 2022, in parallel to the 49th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council titled: ‘Protecting Palestinian Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society Organizations: Israel’s Baseless Designation of the 6.’
 
The event was organized by Al-Haq organization in Palestine and co-sponsored by many other organizations. The panel included
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Moayyad Bsharat, Lobbying and Advocacy Department Director of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and Sahar Francis, General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. The moderator for the panel discussion was Maha Abdallah, International Advocacy Officer at Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.
 
In October 2021, we aired a program on this show about the classification of the six world-renowned Palestinian non-governmental civil society organizations (Addameer, Al-Haq, Defense for Children International-Palestine, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees) as "terrorist organizations", by the Apartheid state of Israel. The outrageous classification generated calls from across the world for Israel to rescind its decision.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 29, 2022    (Episode # 1,002)

     
Topic:

Launch of The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies (AAEF-CAS) at the University of Houston
 

On March 24, 2022, the Arab-American Educational Foundation and the University of Houston hosted a special dinner and reception to celebrate the launch of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies (AAEF-CAS) at the University of Houston. The event was attended by many supporters and elected officials, and included several distinguished speakers. Dr. Hashem El-Serag was the event's MC.
 

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at that event, including the remarks of
Dr. Daniel O'Connor, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston, Dr. Aziz Shaibani, President of the Arab-American Educational Foundation, Dr. Nancy Young, Chair of the Department of History at the University of Houston, and Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and Founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston. We will also listen to the proclamation issued by the Mayor of the City of Houston, Sylvester Turner, read by City of Houston Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, declaring March 24, 2022, as "Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies Day", as well as some of the remarks delivered by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
 
The Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston is the only academic center in Texas, and one of two in the United States, solely focusing on the Arab region. The AAEF-CAS is based at the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and houses two major endowed positions: The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and The Arab-American Educational Foundation Dr. Burhan and Mrs. Misako Ajouz Endowed Professorship in Arab Studies.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 22, 2022    (Episode # 1,001)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Interview with Dr. Suad Amiry (part 2 of 2)
 

Last week on Arab Voices, we aired part 1 (archived at www.ArabVoices.net) of the interview Arab Voices guest host Hanan Awad conducted with Dr. Suad Amiry, an award-winning Palestinian architect, writer, community leader, and founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air part 2 of that interview, in which Hanan continues to explore with Suad her journey as a Palestinian architect, writer, and community leader.
    
Dr. Suad Amiry was born in Damascus, Syria, and grew up between Amman, Damascus, Beirut, and Cairo. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and finished her graduate and Ph.D. studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is the founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine, for which she received numerous architectural awards amongst them was the prestigious "Aga Khan Award for Architecture" in 2013 as well as the 2007 Qattan Distinction Award. Personally, Amiry has won many awards such as the Tamayouz Excellence Award, Woman in Architecture and Construction in 2018.
 
Dr. Amiry has written extensively on architecture and authored several books, including My Damascus and Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, which was awarded Italy's Viareggio-Versilia Prize in 2004 and was translated into 20 languages.
 
Dr. Amiry taught architecture at Columbia University, Birzeit University, and the University of Jordan. She also participated in the 1991-1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington, D.C.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: The victorious battle for the 1st Amendment against Virginia's anti-boycott bill by Paul Noursi
 
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The 2022 Transcending the Israel lobby at Home & Abroad conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the talk delivered by
Paul Noursi, an activist with the Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR) since its founding in 2016. He is also active with several other organizations working for peace and justice in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, the New Dominion PAC, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Arab American Democratic Caucus of Virginia. He was also a Barack Obama Delegate to the Virginia State Convention in 2008, a Bernie Sanders Delegate to the Virginia State Convention in 2016 and 2020, and he has served on various Get-Out-the Vote and Democratic campaigns.
 
Noursi has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, including Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. He has a BS in Civil Engineering, an MS in Engineering Management, and is a licensed and practicing civil engineer with wide-ranging experience in land development and public works in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 15, 2022    (Episode # 1,000)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: National Day of Action: Protest U.S. Support for the War in Yemen
     
On March 5, 2022, over 80 organizations from across the US, coordinated and held a national day of action to protest U.S. complicity in the war on Yemen, and called for an end to that disastrous war. Demonstrators from all around the nation also convened at the offices of congressional delegations with a united message “Introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution Now!” They also urged everyone to call 1-833-STOP-WAR (www.1833StopWar.com) and demand an immediate end to U.S. participation in the war.
   
One of the rallies was held in Oakland, California, with many speakers participating. In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at that rally by Neda Saleh Aldabyani, activist and one of the event’s organizers, Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies, and is affiliated with the Middle East/South Asia Studies program and with the Cultural Studies Graduate Group at UC Davis, Jack with ANSWER Coalition, Eleanor Levine with CODEPINK, Ali with Yemen Freedom Council, and Sharif Zakout, with the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC).

    

   
 

2nd Segment: Interview with Dr. Suad Amiry (part 1 of 2)
 

Hanan Awad, a regular guest host on Arab Voices, interviewed Dr. Suad Amiry, an award-winning Palestinian architect, writer, community leader, and founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine. In this interview, Hanan explores with Suad her journey as a Palestinian architect, writer, and community leader.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air part 1 of that interview, and next week, we will air part 2.
 
Dr. Suad Amiry was born in Damascus, Syria, and grew up between Amman, Damascus, Beirut, and Cairo. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and finished her graduate and Ph.D. studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is the founding director of RIWAQ (Centre for Architectural Conservation) in Ramallah, Palestine, for which she received numerous architectural awards amongst them was the prestigious "Aga Khan Award for Architecture" in 2013 as well as the 2007 Qattan Distinction Award. Personally, Amiry has won many awards including the Tamayouz Excellence Award, Women in Architecture and Construction in 2018, and most recently the lifetime achievement award from TAKREEM in Lebanon.
 
Dr. Amiry has written extensively on architecture and authored several books, including My Damascus and Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, which was awarded Italy's Viareggio-Versilia Prize in 2004 and was translated into 20 languages.
 
Dr. Amiry taught architecture at Columbia University, Birzeit University, and the University of Jordan. She also participated in the 1991-1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington, D.C.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 8, 2022    (Episode # 999)

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Double Standards, Hypocrisy & Racism in Media Coverage and Politicians' Stand Over Ukraine
     
During the first segment of this episode of Arab Voices,
we will talk about the double standards and hypocrisy in media coverage and politicians’ stand when it comes to the Ukrainian/Russian crisis, and the never-ending crisis after crisis of invasions, occupations, and wars on countries in the Middle East including Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Palestine.
 
We will also air the remarks delivered by
Richard Boyd Barrett, Member of the Irish Parliament, on the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, including the recent report of Amnesty International, and on the double standards on Ukraine and Palestine. He delivered those remarks on March 2, 2022, at the Irish Parliament.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: "The Israel lobby's attacks on freedom of speech and successful legal challenges" by Radhika Sainath
     
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, co-hosted their annual Israel Lobby Conference on March 4, 2022. The conference brought together people from across the country and the world to critically assess the pro-Israel lobby and the U.S. government's unflinching support for Israel. There were several incredible speeches given by activists, artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and others.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the talk delivered by
Radhika Sainath on the topic "The Israel lobby's attacks on freedom of speech and successful legal challenges". In her talk, Radhika analyzed events on college campuses and elsewhere that constitute an assault on free speech and exercise a chilling effect on students, professors, and others who attempt to discuss or organize against Israeli apartheid and other forms of repression. She explained —and how often—Palestine Legal responds to the campaign against freedom of speech that is being waged throughout the United States.
 
Radhika Sainath is a senior staff attorney at Palestine Legal. Her writing has appeared in Jacobin, The Nation and Huffington Post. She's working on her first novel, set in Palestine during the Second Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 1, 2022

     
Topic:

Richard Wolff and Gerald Horne: After Three Decades of NATO Menacing its Border, Russia Draws a Line and Pushes Back in Ukraine... What's Next... Follow the Money... Plus Headlines
     
Today on Arab Voices, we will air a recent episode from the award-winning, weekly hour “On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation's Capital”, on the Ukrainian/Russian crisis, and guests take on the US behavior in this crisis, given the history of the US invading, occupying, and supporting aggressions against other countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, and Palestine.
 
Esther Iverem, producer and host of “On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation's Capital” speaks with two distinguished guests during the February 25, 2022 episode about the Ukrainian/Russian Crisis:
 
Professor Richard D. Wolff, economist, author, visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City, and host of the weekly show, Economic Update, and Professor Gerald Horne, the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, and author of several publications. We will also hear remarks from Leela Anand, the Southern Regional Coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 22, 2022

     
Topic:

New Evidence Showing Anti-Muslim Hate Group Used Paid ‘Spies’ to Surveil Prominent Muslim Leaders & Groups for More Than a Decade
   
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will share with you the information released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), detailing new evidence showing the anti-Muslim hate group IPT working with the Israeli government, spent more than a decade and hundreds of thousands of dollars to surveil and spy on prominent Muslim organizations and leaders, including then-Rep. Keith Ellison.
 
CAIR revealed the new spying evidence during a press conference held on January 12, 2022, at which Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Attorney and National Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Nihad Awad, Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, participated.
  
CAIR also revealed that two individuals, a former IPT staffer and a Muslim who worked as a spy for IPT, have come forward to confess, apologized for their involvement, and provided detailed information about the hate group’s activities and motivations.
   
On December 21, 2021, Arab Voices aired a segment on how the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) uncovered and disrupted a hate group’s effort to infiltrate and spy on over a dozen mosques and Muslim American organizations. That anti-Muslim hate group is the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), led by Steven Emerson, a far-right extremist who has been described as an anti-Muslim activist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. CAIR had revealed that IPT has been collaborating with Israeli intelligence to spy on US organizations. CAIR’s investigation at that time revealed that the executive and legal director of its Ohio Chapter, Romin Iqbal, had been secretly working with IPT, secretly sharing confidential information about CAIR’s civil rights work, strategic plans, and private emails.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 15, 2022

     
Guest/
Topic:

Steve Sabella on Art, Exile and Palestinian Identity
     

In this episode, Arab Voices guest host Hanan Awad interviews Steve Sabella on Art, Exile and Palestinian Identity.
 
Steve Sabella is an award-winning Palestinian artist and writer (born in Jerusalem, Palestine), and is well-known as the author of the award-winning memoir, The Parachute Paradox (2016) tackling the colonization of the imagination. The book won the 2017 Eric Hoffer Award and the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards for best memoir. In addition, Sabella has published several academic essays that deal with the concept of exile and identity. His research focuses on the genealogy and archaeology of the image. Sabella is an international artist that uses photography and photographic installations as his primary forms of expression. He has had many exhibits throughout Palestine as well as internationally, most notably through the collections of the British Museum in London, the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Arab World Institute in Paris, and the Contemporary Art Platform.
 
Hanan Awad is a Palestinian American street photographer, whose photos have been exhibited around the world. Here photos capture the tragedy of the physical and cultural forced displacement of Palestinians and narrate their resilience and resistance against the colonialist occupation of Palestine.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 8, 2022

     
Topic:

The War in Yemen: One Year into the Biden Administration
  

Demand Progress, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, co-sponsored a panel discussion on February 4, 2022, on "The War in Yemen: One Year into the Biden Administration". 
 
The event featured Hassan El-Tayyab with Friends Committee on National Legislation (moderator), Dr. Aisha Jumaan with Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, Bruce Riedel with the Brookings Institution, Dr. Annelle Sheline with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and Dr. Marcus Stanley with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. The panelists offered updates on the war and blockade on Yemen, the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and the US's role; highlighted stories from the ground in Yemen; analyzed the Biden administration’s policies over the past year; and offered perspectives on what role Congress can play in ending U.S. involvement in the war and blockade.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that panel discussion. To view the entire event and listen to the the Question and Answer session that followed the remarks, click here.
   
Event Description:
One year after the Biden administration announced an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen, critical forms of U.S. military support remain, including ongoing spare parts transfers and maintenance for Saudi warplanes. As the war approaches the seven-year mark, the conflict continues to escalate and Yemeni civilians suffer the consequences. This event will offer reflections on the Biden administration’s Yemen approach over the past year and discuss steps Congress can take to resolve the crisis.

Our conversation comes at a desperate moment with roughly 16.2 million Yemenis at risk of famine. The UN warned in March 2021 that 400,000 children under the age of 5 would perish from severe acute malnutrition without urgent action. Despite growing pressure from lawmakers, civil society, and Yemeni-American activists against the Saudi blockade of Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition only allowed 5% of Yemen's fuel needs into its Red Sea ports in December and conducted multiple airstrikes on Sana’a Airport, closing the runway to UN-aid flights. The lack of fuel has driven the price of food and water beyond the reach of many Yemenis, exacerbating malnutrition and starvation. Over 15,000 Yemeni civilians were displaced by the conflict in December, and over 350 civilians were killed directly by the conflict.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 1, 2022

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Federal Judge Blocks the State of Texas from Enforcing its anti-BDS Law against a Texas Businessman
  

In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air some of the remarks delivered at a press conference held on January 31, 2022, by the Council on American Islamic Relations after a federal judge ruled on January 28, 2022, that Texas Anti-BDS Law Violates Free Speech Rights. We will air the remarks of
CAIR Attorney and National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, Chairman of CAIR Texas-Houston John Floyd, and Director of Operations at CAIR-Houston William White.
 
The Judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Council on American Islamic Relations on behalf of the owner of A&R Engineering and Testing firm, Rasmy Hassouna, who has done more than two million dollars of business with the City of Houston over the last 20 years, but was unable to renew the contract with the city of Houston because he refused to sign the state imposed oath not to boycott Israel.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: New Report by Amnesty International: “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel system of domination and crime against humanity”
  

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization focused on human rights, with more than 10 million members and supporters around the world, released a new report on February 1, 2022, labeling Israel an Apartheid State. The 280-page report is titled “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel system of domination and crime against humanity”.
  
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will talk about that newly released report, and air an audio statement from Amnesty International that was released with the new report.
 
This is not the first time a prominent and internationally recognized non-governmental organization issues such a report labeling Israel an Apartheid State. In 2021, two other reported were published by Human Rights Watch titled "A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution", and another report released by the Israeli Human Rights group B’tselem documented Israeli Apartheid against Palestinians in its report "A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is Apartheid".
 

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 25, 2022

     
Topics:

1st Segment: 2nd Arab Bazaar - Interview with Bashira Idelbe
  

We will speak with Bashira Idelbe, board member and events director with the Palestinian American Cultural Center in Houston, Texas, about the upcoming 2nd Arab Bazaar scheduled to be held on February 12, 2022, at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC), 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, Texas 77099.
    
Discover and Support Arab-owned businesses showcasing their products to Houstonians and strengthen the Arab community in Houston.
 
The 2nd Arab Bazaar is co-hosted by the Palestinian American Cultural Center and the Arab American Cultural & Community Center.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Protests Against the Israeli Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and the Saudi-led War in Yemen
  

We will talk about the ongoing Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the ongoing home demolitions in occupied Jerusalem and other occupied Palestinian cities, and the forced displacement of Palestinians from their land.
 
We will air some of the remarks delivered at a recent Houston and New York protests to stand with the residents of occupied Palestine (two protests amongst dozens held in different cities in the US and around the world recently). The protesters also called for an end to the US-supported Saudi-led war on Yemen. We will air remarks delivered by representatives from Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, Palestinian Youth Movement, Palestinian American Council, Malaya Movement Texas, Jewish Voice for Peace, Texas People's Party, Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and other individuals.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 18, 2022

     
Topic:

Award Winning Pacifica Documentary: I Have A Dream
  

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will air the award winning Pacifica Radio documentary, I Have A Dream, produced 3 days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was one of the greatest civil rights leaders.
 
In 2013, Pacifica Radio commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Civil Rights, by airing a unique recording from Pacifica Radio historic collection, I Have A Dream documentary. Pacifica Radio special also featured a conversation with Dr. Clayborne Carson, Stanford University Professor and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air the 2013 Pacifica Radio special, which included the award winning documentary, I Have A Dream.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 11, 2022

     
Topic:

"Path of Love in Islam: Rumi and His Ancestors" by Dr. Omid Safi
  

The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston hosted an online lecture on November 23, 2021, titled “Path of Love in Islam: Rumi and His Ancestors”, by Dr. Omid Safi.
  
Omid Safi is a Professor of Sufism and contemporary Islam at Duke University. His most recent book on Persian Sufism is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, which was published by Yale University Press. He has two forthcoming books on Rumi and Kharaqani. Omid leads spiritually oriented tours to Turkey and Morocco through Illuminated Tours, and teaches courses online on subjects ranging from Rumi and Sufism through Illuminated Courses.
  
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air that lecture.
  
The event also featured thoughts and commentary on the lecture by Dr. Emran El-Badawi, Chair of the Modern and Classical Languages department, and program director and associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston, followed by a question and answer session, and you can watch the entire event here.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 4, 2022

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Speech at Palestine Rally
  

The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, passed away on December 26, 2021, at the age of 90. Not only did Desmond Tutu speak against white nationalist Apartheid system in South Africa, but he also spoke loudly against the Israeli occupation and apartheid, and he supported Palestinian human rights. Tutu also called for a global boycott of "Israel" and urged the Episcopal Church not to invest in firms that support the Israeli occupation. Tutu once said "I have been to the Occupied Palestinian territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid". He also spoke against the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. In 1984, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
 
In this episode of Arab Voices, we will air one of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s speeches delivered at a rally for Palestine held in South Africa in 2014.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Holding South Africa, But Not Israel, Accountable
  

We will also air a talk by John Dugard, titled “Holding South Africa, But Not Israel, Accountable”. John Dugard is a South African Professor of international law and an outspoken critic of apartheid. He became a member of the U.N.’s International Law Commission in 1997. From 2000 to 2018 he served as Judge ad hoc in the International Court of Justice, and from 2001 to 2008 he was the U.N. Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories. He has written several books on apartheid, human rights and international law. His memoir, Confronting Apartheid: A Personal History of South Africa, Namibia and Palestine, was published in 2018.
 
Professor John Dugard delivered his talk on “Holding South Africa, But Not Israel, Accountable” in April 2021, at the annual conference held to discuss Israel, its US Lobby and apartheid, sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 28, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 21, 2021

     
Topic:

Anti-Muslim Hate Group, IPT, Collaborates with Israel, Infiltrates & Spies on Muslim American Organizations
  
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, revealed on December 16, 2021, that it has uncovered and disrupted a hate group’s effort to infiltrate and spy on over a dozen mosques and Muslim American organizations. This anti-Muslim hate group is the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), led by Steven Emerson, a far-right extremist who has been described as an anti-Muslim activist by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

CAIR also revealed that this IPT anti-Muslim hate group has been collaborating with Israeli intelligence to spy on U.S. organizations.

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 14, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 7, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 30, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Conversation with Dr. Salim Tamari about the Shrines in Palestine
     

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 23, 2021

     
Topic:

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 16, 2021

     
Topic:

New Lawsuit against Houston & Texas over Anti-BDS Law
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 9, 2021

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

 
          

Date:

November 2, 2021

     
Topic:

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 26, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 19, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 12, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 5, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 28, 2021

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 21, 2021

     
Guest/
Topic:

Interview with Sahar Francis (in Ramallah)
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 14, 2021

     
Topics:

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

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

   
 

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 7, 2021

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Abed Ayoub
     

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

  

   
 

2nd Segment: Lindsay Koshgarian
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 31, 2021

     
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Interview with Matthew Hoh
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 24, 2021

     
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Sliman Mansour on Palestinian Art and Resistance
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 17, 2021

     
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Symposium on Age of Coexistence (part 2 of 2)
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 10, 2021

     
Topic:

Symposium on Age of Coexistence (part 1 of 2)
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 3, 2021

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 27, 2021

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 20, 2021

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 13, 2021

     
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Debate: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 6, 2021

     
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1st Segment: Emergency Rally For Palestine
     

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

   
 

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 29, 2021

     
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Yemen: Famine and Future
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 22, 2021

     
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Conversation with Dr. Salim Tamari by guest host Hanan Awad
     

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 15, 2021

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

We will listen to the key remarks delivered at the protest held on June 12, 2021 outside the office of Congressman Troy Nehl, who represents the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. The participants protested his support for Israel's human rights abuses, Israel’s Killing of Palestinian Civilians, Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid. We will listen to the remarks of Kamal Khalil (Palestinian American Council), Amina Ishaq (An-Nisa), Ambreen Hernandez (Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-Houston),