Travel Ban, Saudi Arabia and Empowering Voices | Media Mentions

September 29, 2017

TV & Radio

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions that target 8 countries (NPR)

Radio interview/Salam Al-Marayati: Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, said the travel ban remains objectionable despite the addition of non-Muslim countries to those that have been restricted.

"The majority of people affected by this revised travel ban remains Muslims, and therefore just by adding Venezuela and North Korea, it does not take away from the discriminatory aspect," he said.

"Trump aims to block Muslims from entering US" (PressTV)

Broadcast interview/Ryan Ahari: Activists and legal experts say the U-S president’s intent is to sharply cut off the flow of Muslim visitors and immigrants into the country. On Sunday, the White House issued a new executive order to replace the expiring 90-day temporary ban Trump had issued against people traveling from six Muslim majority countries.

MPAC's Marwa Abdelghani Joins CNN International on Saudi Arabia (CNN-I)

Broadcast interview/Marwa Abdelghani: The lift on the driving ban is long over due and has been perpetuating the damaging stereotype that Muslim women are oppressed. Saudi Arabian women have been fighting against discriminatory and misogynistic laws for years and still have a long way to go.

Quotes & Mentions

Saudi Arabia to let women drive at last (CNN)

Marwa Abdelghani quoted: Marwa Abdelghani, media fellow at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, told CNN the new laws wouldn't take effect for another year.

"Saudi Arabian women are going to continue fighting and are going to continue running these campaigns to try to overturn these laws," she said. "At the end of the day these laws are showing how Saudi Arabia has been resisting overturning or relinquishing power to over 50 percent of the population.

On National Security and Demagoguery: Remarks to the Muslim Public Affairs Council (Lawfare)

MPAC & Salam Al-Marayati mentioned in Benjamin Wittes's reblog of his EV remarks: I was deeply moved Wednesday evening to accept the Muslim Public Affairs Council's Empowering Voices award, alongside Tumblr CEO David Karp and Stosh Cotler of Bend the Arc.




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