Jeremy Ben Ami releases new book on the rise of Jewish moderation: A New Voice for Israel

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Jeremy Ben Ami releases new book on the rise of Jewish moderation: A New Voice for Israel

I’m very excited to let you know that the book I’ve written about the journey that led me to J Street – A New Voice for Israel – goes on sale July 19th.

The book tells a personal story – how the son of a leader of Menachem Begin’s Irgun came to help found the American political lobby pressing for a two-state solution.

It also takes a critical look at the traditional rules governing American politics and the Jewish community when it comes to Israel – and suggests significant changes to both.

Finally, it makes an urgent plea to Israel’s supporters to change course now before it is too late to ensure a secure and democratic future for Israel.

To pre-order the book, please click here. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to J Street, and strong early orders will help the book and our work to gain more publicity.

Over the course of the coming months, I’ll be traveling the country, giving talks about the book and using it as a springboard to spark important communal conversations about how best to secure Israel’s future, its democratic nature and its Jewish character.

You can find out more about those events here.

In the book, I write, “My hope is that this book contributes in some small way to opening up minds and conversation in the American Jewish community and beyond about the need not just for such action but for a whole new approach to Israel advocacy in the United States.”

I’m grateful that such magnificent writers as Peter Beinart, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ayelet Waldman, Bernard Avishai and Janine Zacharia were kind enough to recommend the book. You can read their comments here.
If you would be interested in reading more, please do consider pre-ordering the book. You can also look for it on sale after July 19th.

Thank you so much for your interest and for all that you do for the cause of peace and security for Israel, its neighbors and the whole Middle East.

Jeremy Ben-Ami
President, J Street
July 6, 2011

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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