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An interview with filmmaker Jean Marie Offenbacher  talking about her Syria film “Tea on the Axis of Evil”.

Jean Marie Offenbacher graduated from NYU with honors in Philosophy and Film. Her initial work in film was as an artist, creating 16mm experimental films. She worked in post-production on three documentaries, including Ken Burns' Thomas Hart Benton (first assistant picture editor and sound editor). Her career in post-production mainly focused on studio feature films, including Reversal of Fortune with Glenn Close, American Heart with Jeff Bridges and The Rapture with David Duchovny. From 1994 to 1996, she worked on various projects for BBC and Prisma Films providing production management services. She produced and directed her first feature documentary, Tea on the Axis of Evil,  after spending the larger part of 2004 to 2006 filming throughout Syria. She is currently shooting a feature documentary in Algeria that explores the relationship between imposed identity and violence in that society

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Jean Marie Offenbacher

 

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Presented by: People of African Descent & Students for Justice in the Middle East.

It took place on Wednesday Dec 9, 2009, at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

In this week program you'll hear from Mr. Ashanti Alson Speaker, Writer, Organizer

To be followed by the Question and Answer period.

Feel free to email the sponsors at: sjme@umassd.edu
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Mr. Ashanti Alson

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presented by: People of African Descent & Students for Justice in the Middle East.  

It took place on Wednesday Dec 9, 2009, at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

 guest speakers:

Dr As’ad Abukhalil from California State University     

And Mr. Ashanti Alson Speaker, Writer, Organizer

 In this program, we’ll bring you Dr. As’ad AbuKhlil presentation. To be concluded next week with speaker Ashanti Alson and the Question and Answer period.

Feel free to email the sponsors at: sjme@umassd.edu

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Views of Bethlehem: Then and Now - An exhibition of historical images and contemporary photographs with our guests:
- Dr. Jeffery Spurr, Islamic and Middle East Specialist and former archivist at Harvard’s Fine Arts Library
- Dr. Abdulfattah Abusrour resident of the Aida Palestinian Refugee camp in Bethlehem and director of the photography program at the AL-Rowwad cultural center.
- John Roberts, of the Cambridge/Bethlehem People-to-People Project

The historic footage Courtesy of:
The Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library

Related links:

http://alrowwad.virtualactivism.net/
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Watch an interview with Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

author of:

"Through the Wall of Fire: Armenia, Iraq, Palestine – from Wrath to Reconciliation".

 Muriel Mirak-Weissbach, born of Armenian immigrant parents in the United States, has

lived most of her adult life in Italy and Germany.  For the last twenty years, she has

been active as a political journalist, travelling extensively throughout the Arab and Islamic World. 

During the 1990s, she engaged in a humanitarian aid effort for young Iraqi victims of Desert Storm and

monitored developments in Arab-Israeli relations.  Her book tackles the question, whether peoples and

nations who have been pitted against each other in geopolitically manipulated conflict can ever reach true

 reconciliation and peace.  Taking the examples of the Armenian genocide of 1915, the ethnic cleansing of the

Palestinians beginning in 1948, and the two Anglo-American wars against Iraq, she presents the tragic events

through the eyes of those who were children at the time, to communicate the emotional and psychological impact

 on them and their offspring.  Her accounts are based on personal experience, through family history as well

 as journalistic work over many years in the Middle East.

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Today, we'll conclude the interview with our guest Nimer Sultany, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School.

He is the editor of “Citizens Without Citizenship”, “Israel and the Palestinian Minority 2003”, and “Israel and the Palestinian Minority 2004”.

he’ll be examining the situation of Palestinians who are citizens of Israel, and who constitute around 20% of the Israeli population.

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Our guest today is Nimer Sultany, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School.

He is the editor of “Citizens Without Citizenship”, “Israel and the Palestinian Minority 2003”, and “Israel and the Palestinian Minority 2004”.

He’ll be examining the situation of Palestinians who are citizens of Israel, and who constitute around 20% of the Israeli population.

part 1.

 

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coverage of "Implications of the Goldstone Report" 

a Panel discussion covering the many aspects of the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the war against Gaza 

Speakers:

Omar Baddar:

Political Scientist & Human Rights Activist based in Washington , DC .

 Ahmad Amara

Clinical Instructor & Global Advocacy Fellow, human right program, Harvard law school 

Dr. Assaf Kfoury

Professor & Political Activist; Boston University

 

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The conclusion of “A History Of Palestine”,                                          courtesy of Alternate Focus.

Alternate Focus is a non-profit                                                    organization. Their Mission is to offer                                              the general public a balanced                                                     coverage of Middle East issues.

www.alternatefocus.org

 

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Part1 of “A History Of Palestine”,                                          courtesy of Alternate Focus.

Alternate Focus is a non-profit                                                    organization. Their Mission is to offer                                              the general public a balanced                                                     coverage of Middle East issues.

www.alternatefocus.org

 

 

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Noam Chomsky on " the war on Gaza" which will be the focus on today's program in light of the recent Goldtosone report. The  report accused Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It also accused the Hamas movement of war crime violations, but reserved most of its criticism for Israel.

Prof Chomsky's lecture took place on Jan 13, 2009 @MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts during the time of the war on Gaza.

World-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky has been a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of technology

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 On September 26, 2009, the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth honored the eminent Palestinian-American Scholar, Dr. Naseer Aruri.  Dr. Aruri served on the Political Science Faculty of the University for decades.  
  He retired from the University several years ago.
Recently, he contributed his papers, publications, and book collections to
the University’s Carney Library to be deposited in their research archives.
Among his many papers from his long professional and activist careers were those from his term on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International.  It was on the occasion of the dedication of his life’s work that the University organized the celebration of this esteemed scholar.  
 Dr. Aruri is no stranger to Arabic Hour audiences.  He is also nationally and internationally recognized as a respected public intellectual.  Arabic Hour is happy to present the University program honoring Dr. Aruri.
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Today’s guests are Tom Arabia and Khury Petersen Smith, two young activists from the Boston Area who recently returned from Gaza, part of the Viva Palestina-USA convoy members to reach Gaza on July 15, 2009.

 

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Chris Hedges, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East.

Hedges was a member of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper's coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.

He is the author of:

best seller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”, a book that draws on the many conflicts he covered to explore what war does to societies and individuals.

his New York Times bestseller “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America”.

His most recent work on the subject is titled “I Don't Believe in Atheists”.

Recently, Chris Hedges delivered the 2009 Tom Cassidy Lecture at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

 

Today, We bring you the conclusion including the question and answer period.

 

Footage courtesy of:

Roger Leisner, Radio Free Main

 

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Chris Hedges, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East.

Hedges was a member of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper's coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.

He is the author of:

- Best seller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”, a book that draws on the many conflicts he covered to explore what war does to societies and individuals.

-  His New York Times bestseller “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America”.

-       His most recent work on the subject is titled “I Don't Believe in Atheists”.

Recently, Chris Hedges delivered the 2009 Tom Cassidy Lecture at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Hedges' lecture was entitled "Covering War and Conflict as a Foreign Correspondent,"

Today, We bring you part 1 of this lecture, and the conclusion including the question and answer period next week.

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ON this week’s Program:
we’ll bring you a speech by George Galloway, a British Member of Parliament
and founder of the Viva Palestina aid convoy to break the siege of Gaza.
this program, was brought to you courtesy of alternate focus.
(www.alternatefocus.org)
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On today’s Program:

1- A program courtesy of Alternate                                           Focus:  entitled: “As’as Abu Khalil,                                THE ANGRY ARAB

2- Music by                                                                                    Bassam Saba & ensemble

 

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On this week's Show:
we’ll bring you two programs courtesy of Alternate Focus:
1-“Reverand Don Wagner on Christian Zionism”
2-“Life in Occupied Palestine, a Jewish-American speaks out”.

 

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Documentary Film: Postcard from Lebanon.

The title refers to a 10 day time frame, in October of 2006,
six weeks after the Israeli war on Lebanon when a delegation of Americans including Arab American leaders, congressional staffers, clerics and journalists visited Lebanon, particularly South Lebanon, to assess the destruction in the aftermath of the war.

The director, Jocelyn Ajami, had no affiliation with any of the members of the delegation.
This program gives a basic framework of the aftermath of the 34-day war including
interviews with major Lebanese officials contrasted to the facts on the ground and to the
destruction of South Beirut and Southern Lebanon.
The documentary will also ask fundamental questions regarding the effects of war, in particular the legacy of cluster bombs on civilians
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On this week's program, we bring you the documentary “WOUNDS OF THE HEART: AN ARTIST AND HER NATION” a film by John Halaka presented courtesy of Alternate focus. (www.alternatefocus.org).
The film features Palestinian visual Artist Rana Bishara whose work includes sculpture, installation and performance art.
Rana’s artwork functions both as an elegy to the Palestinian Nakba (the catastrophe of 1948), and as an unmasking of the brutality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

 
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 The war on Gaza and it’s aftermath will be the focus of this program.

1- the conclusion of last week’s interview with Jeff Klein of Dorchester People for Peace and a long time human rights activist.
Mr. Klein just returned from Gaza where he was one of the US members of Viva Palestina, a humanitarian aid convoy whose purpose is to break the relentless siege of Gaza.

2- the moving story of Dr. Izzeldine Abuleish.
Dr. Abuleish has been nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. And he continues his struggle for peace and coexistence even in the face of tragedy.
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Jeff Klein Izzeldine Abuleish

   

Part 1 of an interview by Dr. Souad Dajani with Jeff Klein of Dorchester People for Peace and a long time human rights activist.

Mr. Klein just returned from Gaza where he was one of the US members of Viva Palestina, a humanitarian aid convoy whose purpose is to break the relentless siege of Gaza.

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Jeff Klein

Coverage of an event held at the Palestine Cultural Center for Peace in Boston, to mark the 42nd anniversary of Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.
 
- Salma Abu-Ayyash

Palestinian Activist, Engineer, and Co-Founder of Tawassul. Tawassul’s main aim is to promote Palestinian art and culture in Massachusetts and Palestine. (www.Tawassul.org)

- Deema Faisal

Palestinian Poet
 

- Dr. Husam Zomlot

Visiting fellow at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Served as a PLO representative to the UK (2003-2008). His previous work experience includes the United Nations, the London School of Economics, the Oxford Research Group and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute.

 

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Salma Abu-Ayyash Dema Faisal Husam Zomlot Omar Baddar

1- The American Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee of Massachusetts
(ADC-MA) had their 4th Annual Community Banquet  on  Saturday, May 9th, 2009. in Boston
Keynote Speaker was Atty Noura Erakat, and This Year's Honoree recipient of ADC-MA was  Atty Susan Akram.

2- The conclusion of the Q/A segment of the Debate that we started last week. The “Conflict in Gaza” debate was sponsored by the Lesley University Chapter of Amnesty International- Participants in the debate were :

Mr. Jeff Robbins, Omar Beddar and moderated by Joshua Rubenstein

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Noura Erakat and Merrie Najimi

Coverage of the Debate on “the conflict in Gaza”, which was sponsored by the Lesley University Chapter of Amnesty International, and was held in Lesley University. The debate addresses the conflict in Gaza and question of whether combatants on either side committed war crimes.

Participants were :

Mr. Jeff Robbins, a former US delegate to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland

Mr. Omar Beddar, a political scientist and Director of the Palestine Cultural Center for Peace

The debate was moderated by Mr. Joshua Rubenstein, the Northeast Regional Director of Amnesty International USA

 

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Joshua Rubenstein
Jeff Robbins
Omar Beddar
Coverage of the Evelyn Abdalah Menconi Memorial Cultural Series With Guest speaker Anthony Shadid

A Lost Levant: A Reporter’s Reflections on Lebanon, Palestine, & Iraq “  the title of Anthony Shadid’s presentation

Anthony Shadid is presently the Middle East correspondent for the Washington Post. Previously he served with the Boston Globe. Since 2001, he has reported from most countries in the Middle East, where he was wounded in the back while covering fighting in 2002 in the West Bank

 

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Anthony Shadid

1- An interview with Ogarite Dandache who was on the "brotherhood" boat. Ogarite is a Lebanese reporter who works with the Lebanese Television New TV and she will tell us today the full story of the Lebanese brotherhood that  was hijacked by the Israelis. The interview will be in Arabic with English subtitles.

2- The conclusion of our coverage of the the event entitled “Iraq Uncensored”, Dahr Jamail’s report on the US invasion and occupation’s impact on the Iraqi people.

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Two documentaries:

1- A talk by rev. Rev. Naim Ateek and Dr Jeff Helper on Israel divestment Strategy. Program by Sabeel and brought to you by Alternate Focus

 

2- Ex-communicated: Enclosure Landscapes in Palestine

or more information on the program please visit www.alternatefocus.org

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Naim Ateek
Jeff Helper
A coverage of the event entitled “Iraq Uncensored”, Dahr Jamail’s report on the US invasion and occupation’s impact on the Iraqi people.  He is the author of “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Un-embedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. The event was sponsored by, among others, Dorchester People for Peace, William Joiner Center for the Study of War & Social Consequences at UMASS Boston, And “Iraqi Veterans Against the War”, and it took place at the First Parish Church in Dorchester, MA on March 9th 2009. In the seminar Dahr Jamail discussed his personal experiences as an independent journalist in Iraqi society, and the Iraqi people’s side of the occupation’s story. PLAY VIDEO   3/14/09

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Dahr Jamail

the documentary film produced by My Way Productions entitled: Beyond the wall.  It is about peace workers in occupied West Bank of Palestine and the palestinian non-violant struggle against the occupation. PLAY VIDEO   3/8/09

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A documentary film produced by Alternate Focus entitled: Sea of Oil.  As Congress debates whether, when, and how to withdraw from Iraq, a long-standing strategy to control Iraqi oil emerges as the fundamental rationale for the 2003 invasion. Left unchallenged, the assumptions underlying this strategy, which fails to take the desires of the Iraqi people into account, will doom any attempts to end the occupation. PLAY VIDEO   2/28/09

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1- Part 2 of an interview with Dr. Paul Larudee, Co-Founder of the Free Gaza Movement which sailed the first boat to Gaza in 41 years and has now broken the Israeli blockade of Gaza shipping six times, delivering medicine and food.  The interview was conducted by our own Jeff Klein.

2- A short film about the grassroots effort of a relatively new Palestinian community organization, Dalia Association. (Dalia also means grapevine).  Dalia is located in East Jerusalem.  It was founded by members of the Palestinian community from the West Bank including East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in Israel and the Diaspora.  Dalia’s main goal, among others, is: To fund hopeful, inspirational, and sustainable civil society initiatives, including community efforts that just need a small grant to supplement their local resources. The film focuses on the village of Saffa in the West Bank where the Dalia Association implemented an innovative community-led resource distribution model call “The Village Decides” that Dalia hopes will develop into a permanent grant-making program. You can learn more about Dalia and its Board of Directors by going to its website: www.dalia.ps .   You can contribute to Dalia by sending a tax-deductible donation to its partner organization, Grassroots International, 179 Boylston Street, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02130, USA.  Make your check payable to Grassroots International but make sure to write in the Memo section: Grassroots International Dalia Fund. 

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Dr. Paul Larudee

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1- A part 1 of an interview we had with Dr. Paul Larudee, Co-Founder of the Free Gaza Movement. Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement, which sailed the first boat to Gaza in 41 years and has now broken the Israeli blockade of Gaza shipping six times successfully. Dr. Larudee is a human rights advocate a. He has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University. He last traveled to Gaza in August 2008 on the first boat to break the 41-year siege. The Free Gaza Movement is a 501(c)(3) IRS approved human rights organization.

2- Part 2 of our coverage of the forum entitled “For Gaza” that took place recently in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Dr, Paul Laroude

A coverage in two parts, of  forum entitled “For Gaza . . .”, a forum that took place in Cambridge Massachusetts on Jan 31st, 2009. It featured leading intellectuals on the subject, such as Nancy Murray, Sarah Roy, Leila Farsakh, And highly anticipated guest thinker Howard Zinn .

Sponsors were: The American Friends Service Committee, Arrowsmith Press, and The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences. The event took place against the backdrop of the recent Israeli War on Gaza. Which had killed 1,330 Palestinians, and left 5,300 wounded. The Forum’s speakers focused on the ongoing conflict, its causes, the Gaza crisis, and the region’s uncertain future. We take you now to footage of the event.

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1- An exclusive interview with world-renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky has long been a critic of American middle east foreign policy.

2- A full coverage of a  teach-in given by prof Chomsky at the Palestine Cultural Center for Peace, in Boston on Wednesday Jan 21, 2009. The event entitled: The truth about the war on Gaza, the US government's role, and why we must fight back!

Our own Omar Baddar, spoke with Prof. Chomsky, in his office at MIT, in Cambridge about the current crisis in Gaza, as well as President Barack Obama’s election and the possibility of change of American foreign policy toward the middle east.

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Prof. Chomsky

Footage courtesy of Paul Hubbard

Discussing the aftermath of the “War on Gaza”.  Since Israel started its bombardment of Gaza, over 1,300 Palestinians have been killed at least 410 of which were children. And over 5400 injured. During the 22 day war, Gaza was completely besieged land, air and sea including the Rafaah crossing with Egypt. The Egyptian authorities prevented all access to Gaza from it’s territory including humanitarian aid.

On the program: A telephone interview with anti war activist Dr. Rania Masri. Dr. Masri, is a Lebanese-American antiwar activist, author, and currently is a professor of Environmental Science at the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

And in our studios, we are honored to have Prof. Duncan Kennedy from Harvard Law School. Where, among other things,  he teaches Israel/Palestine Legal Issues at Harvard university. Interview conducted by Dr. Elaine Hagopian

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Prof. Duncan Kennedy
 
As of Jan 17th 2009, the date of taping this program, the Israeli assault on Gaza continued. To understand further the situation in Gaza. And it’s impact on the residents of Gaza we interviewed two guests: from Gaza, an exclusive interview with Dr Eyad Sarraj. And here in our studios we have Omar Baddar in conversation with Howard Lenow.

1- Attorney Howard Lenow is a founding member of American Jews for a just peace. American Jews for a Just Peace (AJJP) is an alliance of activists in the United States working to ensure equal rights, safety, and dignity for all the people of historic Palestine.  Their website is: www.ajjp.org.

2- A phone interview with, Dr. Eyad Sarraj from Gaza. Dr Sarraj is the founder and president of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program and the commissioner of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights.

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Howard Lenow
Dr. Eyad Sarraj
On this week program:

1- we’ll conclude our interview with Human rights activist Dr Nancy Murray. The interview was taped on Jan 3rd, 2009.

2- Footage from the Boston rally that took place on Sat Jan 3rd.2009

On Saturday December 27 2008, Israel launched air attacks across the besieged Gaza Strip followed by ground incursion on Saturday January 3 2009.

On Saturday 1/17/09, Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, has announced a unilateral truce in the Gaza Strip. The announcement came after a meeting of Israel's security council on Saturday evening and halts the 22-day offensive which has left more than 1200 Palestinians dead, more than 400 of them children and More than 5100 people have also been wounded. 10 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have died in the same period

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Boston Rally

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Palestinian boy taking refuge at a UN school in Gaza [Reuters]

On this program: We’ll have an in-depth analysis of the disastrous situation in the completely besieged Gaza Strip. An interview with Human rights activist Dr Nancy Murray. Dr. Murray holds a Ph.D. in History from Oxford University; has written on civil and human rights issues. She was the co-founder and director of the Middle East Justice Network from 1989 to 1995, and authored a book on Palestinians: Life Under Occupation (1991). She is the president of The Gaza Mental Health Foundation. We’ll bring you this interview in two parts. Today, we’ll show part 1 to be concluded next week. Dr Murray was interviewed by our own Dr. Elaine Hagopian.   PLAY VIDEO   1/3/09

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Dr Nancy Murray

On this program: In January 2006, in a surprise victory, Hamas wins the majority of seats in Palestinian parliamentary elections, after campaigning for change and reform and challenging the old Fatah party’s “corruption.” Ismail Haniyeh is sworn in as the new Palestinian prime minister..  

 To help us understand the genesis of the conflict, we will re-air from our archives a report back by activist  Janice Hayden and Noura Erakat on the Hamas win of the Palestinian general election.

 

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Noura Erakat

Janice Hayden

1- Part 2 of an interview with Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi author of the book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America Published by Penguin Press. The interview was conducted by Omar Baddar

2- Music and songs by Fairuz, Um Kalthoum, and Marcel Khalifeh

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1-part 2 and the conclusion of our coverage of the event commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that took place recently At thePalestine Cultural Center for Peace, in boston. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Husam Zomlot, PLO Diplomat & a Visiting scholar at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

2- Part 1: An interview with Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi author of the book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America Published by Penguin Press. Dr Bayoumi is  Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York, he earned his Phd from Colombia University The interview was conducted by Omar Baddar

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Husam Zomlot
 
Dr Bayoumi
  Book
1- Excerpts from the 39th National Day of Mourning Held on Thanksgiving day In Plymouth Massachusetts. Where members of the United American Indians of New England held a protest to mark the National Day of Mourning. Speakers included Moonanum James,  Elena Ortiz and representing the consulate of Mayan Elders Huan Gonzalez.

2- Part #1 of our coverage of an event commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that took place At Palestine Cultural Center for Peace, in Boston. MASS, on Nov 29-2008. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Husam Zomlot, PLO Diplomat & a Visiting scholar at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. The event was cosponsored by The Palestinian House of New England, &  The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts.

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Huan Gonzalez
Husam Zomlot
Nancy Murray
1- Coverage of a panel that was part of a conference commemorating “the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba”, entitled: Struggle for the Land: Zionism and the Repression of Anti-Colonial Movements sponsored by New England Committee to Defend Palestine .Participants were :Ward Churchill, American Indian Movement activist and author. And from Marta Rodriguez, Puerto Rican activist PLAY VIDEO   11/29/08

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1- Part 2 and the conclusion of the interview with Dr Husam Zomlot, Charge D’affaires of the Palestinian General Delegation to the U.K, he was a PLO representative to the UK (2003-2008).

2- A documentary Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land. U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, produced by Media Education foundation

 This documentary  provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more information about the documentary, please contact  www.mediaed.org 

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Part 1 of an Interview with Dr Husam Zomlot, Charge D’affaires of the Palestinian General Delegation to the U.K, he was a PLO representative to the UK (2003-2008), holds a PhD degree in economics from the University of London, an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Birzeit University. He specializes in international peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction programs. The interview was conducted by our own Dr. Elaine Hagopian PLAY VIDEO   11/15/08

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Dr Husam Zomlot

 An interview with His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and all the East

The Most Reverend Patriarch of the worldwide Antiochian Orthodox Church visited Boston earlier this month. During his visit he presided over a holy service attended by hundreds of orthodox parishioners from New England. He also attended a fundraising event in support of the University of Balamand, a Lebanese university he helped found 20 years ago. During his visit, the Arabic Hour was honored to sit down with the Patriarch for an interview conducted by attorney George Abi-Esber

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Patriarch Ignatius IV

Frontiers of Dreams and Fears"  A  film by Award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri.

Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker with a Bachelor's degree in film from San Francisco State University. She has directed, and edited several award-winning documentaries, which were broadcast on more than 100 television stations around the world including BBC, PBS, France 2, among others. With her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun she set up Nour productions and MTC.

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1- a new segment produced by Alternate Focus Entitled “Joel Kovel". Prof. Kovel is both a scholar and an activist. He has been engaged in struggles for peace and justice since the Vietnam War era.

2- We conclude our coverage of the late Palestinial Poet Mahmoud Darwish event entitled:
"I COME FROM THERE": Celebrating the Life and Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. This event took place on Sept 18th/2008 at  Harvard University.

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Joel Kovel

1- A new segment produced by Alternate Focus Entitled “Ilan Pappe on The Nakba of Palestine". (Nakba means Catastrophe in Arabic).

2- More coverage of an event entitled: "I COME FROM THERE": Celebrating the Life and Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. This event took place on Sept 18th at  Harvard University.

A bi-lingual reading by students, faculty and community members featuring an introduction by Sinan Antoon, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at NYU.

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Ilan Pappe

For more information on the program please visit www.alternatefocus.org

1- The conclusion of Want To Know with Attorneys Hugh Samson and George Abi Esber. Their guest is political scientist Omar baddar. Omar Baddar is the Executive director of American Arab Anti discrimination committee Massachusetts chapter ADC-MA

2-More coverage of an event  celebrating the  life and poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Entitled:
"I COME FROM THERE": Celebrating the Life and Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.

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1- A new segment of Want To Know with Attorneys Hugh Samson and George Abi Esber. Their guest is political scientist Omar baddar. Omar Baddar is the Executive director of American Arab Anti discrimination committee Massachusetts chapter ADC-MA

2- An interview with Sinan Antoon, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at NYU. Talking about the Iraq situation from an Iraqi perspective

3- A poem by the late Mahmoud Darwish

PLAY VIDEO   9/27/08

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Coverage of an event  celebrating the  life and poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Entitled:
"I COME FROM THERE": Celebrating the Life and Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.

The event took place on Sept 18th 2008 at  Harvard University. A bi-lingual reading by students, faculty and community members featuring an introduction by Sinan Antoon, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at NYU. This event was Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the GSAS Alliance for Justice in the Middle East.

PLAY VIDEO   9/20/08

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Mahmoud Darwish

1- Part 2: part two and the conclusion of a presentation by Professor Joel Kovel discussing his book "Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

2- Music by Rahbani brothers and songs by seham Shammas, Abdo Yaghi,.... Also Sabah, Samira Toufic ... & Fairuz and Nasri Shams aldin.  

PLAY VIDEO   9/13/08

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1- Part 1: of our coverage of a presentation by Professor Joel Kovel discussing his book "Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine."  Prof. Kovel is both a scholar and an activist. He has been engaged in struggles for peace and justice since the Vietnam War era. Dr. Koval has published nine books and over a hundred articles and reviews. The discussion took place on Jan 22nd 2008. at the Coolidge corner theater in Brookline Massachusetts. sponsored by Bostonians for One democratic State in Israel/Palestine. Introduced by Dr. Alice Rothschild, co-chair of Jewish voice for Peace   to introduce Professor Kovel

2- Arab classical music” performed by the Bassam Saba Ensemble, from the Third Annual Evelyn A. Menconi Memorial Cultural Series Event

PLAY VIDEO   9/6/08

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1-A presentation by journalist and novelist Haifa Zangna. On the humanitarian disaster in Iraq after 5 years of occupation. Zangna presented the keynote address to WAM!2008 the Women, Action and the Media convention last spring. She examined the situation in Iraq after 5 years of Occupation. Haifa Zangna is a novelist, her latest Book is City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance (published by Seven Stories Press).

2- A poetry by Palestinian-American poet and scholar Lisa Suhair Majaj . Introduced by Dr. Souad Dajani.

PLAY VIDEO   8/30/08

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Lisa Majaj
1- Interview with presidential independent candidate Ralph Nader. Who spent the last four decades advocating for consumer safety, workers’ rights, and helped intact the freedom of information act, clean air act among many others.

2- We also have a documentary program produced by Alternate Focus entitled “In the Name Of Security”. This documentary investigates the aftermath of the 2002 Israeli military action against refugee camps in the occupied West Bank. For more information on the program please visit www.alternatefocus.org

PLAY VIDEO   8/23/08

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The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir'im - by John Halaka 

Shot on location amid Kafr Bir’im’s ruins and cemetery, located in Northern Galilee, Halaka interviews Ibrahim Essa, an elder Palestinian man and poet, who survived Al-Nakba. Halaka focuses on the stone ruins of houses, wild grass, flowers, shrubs, and bushes that sway in the wind. When he confesses that the stone ruins and the trees spoke to him, his footage brings this feeling home.

PLAY VIDEO   8/16/08

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For more information on the program please visit www.alternatefocus.org

1- Loss Of Liberty - The Story of the USS Liberty -- Part # 2

2- - Songs and Music from the musical  Mays Alrreem staring Fayrouz and the late NASRI Shams-Eldeen.

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1- Loss Of Liberty - The Story of the USS Liberty  On June 8, 1967, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats launched a ferocious two-hour attack against the USS Liberty, an American intelligence ship operating in the eastern Mediterranean. Of the 294 men aboard the vessel, 34 were killed and 172 were wounded. "The Loss of Liberty" includes interviews with high-ranking Israeli military officers. High-ranking American military and civilian officials, including Dean Rusk, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, provide authoritative analysis. "The Loss of Liberty" tells the shocking, long-suppressed truth about the treacherous assault, and ters to shreds the official story that the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

2- Songs and Music from the musical  Mays Alrreem staring Fayrouz and the late NASRI Shams-Eldeen.

Music by The Rahbani Brothers
PLAY VIDEO   Part#1  8/2/08

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for more information on the program please visit www.alternatefocus.org

THE DYNAMICS OF RESISTANCE: THE APARTHEID ANALOGY IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE was the title of a lecture that took place recently at the university of Vermont.guest speaker was NANCY MURRAY.

Nancy Murray is a scholar, organizer and human rights activist; advisor to the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation; She is also the president of the Gaza Mental Health Foundation; and author of Palestinians: Life Under Occupation

Footage courtesy  of RETN “Regional Education Technology Network”, RETN is a public service organization that produce and provide media for learning in the Champlain valley community, in Vermont. 

PLAY VIDEO    7/26/08

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Nancy Murray

1- A phone interview with Attorney Noura Erakat, talking about the Popular Conference for Palestinians in the US. That will take place on Aug 8-10 in Chicago, IL.  for more information visit the conference website www.palestineconference.org

2- A program produced by Alternatefocus entiteled “ In the name of Security”. A short documentary about a team of American attorneys investigates the aftermath of the 2002 Israeli military action against refugee camps in the Israeli-occupied territories

PLAY VIDEO    7/19/08

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1- Interview with Judd Ne’eman, an Israeli filmmaker. His films “The Dress” (Hasimla), “Paratroopers” (Massa Alunkot), and “Nuzhat al-Fuad” ( Promenade of the Heart)have been critically acclaimed for their thematic and aesthetic innovative aspects. Judd Ne’eman is among the founders of cinema studies in Israel and has done research and published essays on Israeli cinema and war films.

2- Footage from the Arabic Hour father's day Hafli.

PLAY VIDEO    7/12/08

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1- Interview with Hicham Kayed, a Palestinian filmmaker living in Lebanon.  He coordinates Al-Jana’s film festivals:  “Palestine in the New Cinema”; and “Jana International Film Festival for Children and Youth”. 

2- Watch Hicham Kayed award-winning films is Neither Here Nor There, which is a portrayal of the aspirations and frustrations that influence the lives of thousands of young Palestinians refugees in Lebanon

PLAY VIDEO    7/5/08

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Interview with Mr. Gabriel Camacho, regional organizer of Project Voice, an immigrant rights program for the New England office of the American Friends Service Committee.  He has a long history of union and political activism from his student days at the State University of New York. Camacho recently returned from a two week tour of Palestine/Israel.  He led a delegation there which was sponsored by the Third World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee.  The purpose of the delegation’s trip was to witness the Palestinian reality from the perspective of historically oppressed communities of color in the US. He is interviewed by Jeff Klein.

PLAY VIDEO    6/28/08

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Gabriel Camacho
 
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Interview with Jocelyn Ajami, Hicham Kayed, and Rebecca Murray   more

Interview our three guests is Arabic Hour’s Dr. Elaine Hagopian

JOCELYN AJAMI : Taking about her new documentary, POSTCARD FROM LEBANON, which deals with the issue of cluster bombs.  As a result of this, she received a grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation to attend the Dublin Diplomatic Conference against Cluster Munitions ....more  

HICHAM KAYED is a Palestinian filmmaker living in Lebanon.  He is the Multimedia and Program Coordinator at the Arab Resource Center for the Popular Arts/Al Jana....more  

REBECCA MURRAY is a truly international figure, having grown up in Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. Previously, she worked in feature film production and has now become a published writer primarily for print media...more

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Hicham Kayed
 
Jocelyn Ajami
 
Rebecca Murray

 

 1- A program produced in 2005 by Alternate Focus entitled Greg Palast: The Most Important Investigative Reporter You've Never Heard of.

On Mother's Day 2004, Investigative reporter Greg Palast addressed a crowd of several hundred in San Diego. Utilizing documentary evidence and a witty delivery, Palast's oration on the truth behind the invasion of Iraq will both alarm and entertain viewers...for more information on the program please visit www.alternatefocus.org

2- Coverage of ADC Massachusetts chapter 3rd Annual Banquet that took place on Saturday, May 31st 2008 in Boston. Keynote speaker Dr James Zogby – founder and president of the Arab American  institute A.A.I

PLAY VIDEO    6/14/08

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