Israel’s War Against Peace Just Continues

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Israel’s War Against Peace Just Continues
By Ray Hanania
Southwest News-Herald Newspaper Friday Nov. 23, 2012
I was standing in line waiting for the author of a book on the history of Pearl Harbor to autograph it when he asked where I was from.
I told him Chicago but noted my parents were Christians from Palestine and my wife and son are Jewish. That’s when he said he was Jewish and we started the obligatory “I wish there could be peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

We then shifted gears the way Palestinians and Israelis often shift gears and he said, “The problem won’t be resolved until Palestinians and Arabs accept the right of Israel to exist.”

I figured there had been enough conflict at Pearl Harbor and decided to pass on the obvious fallacy of his assertion.
No, the problem isn’t that Palestinians, or Arabs or Muslims, have to recognize Israel’s right to exist. The problem is that Israelis refuse to recognize Palestine’s right to exist.

The Arabs have recognized Israel’s right to exist. Their problem is that Israel doesn’t just want to exist in the lands it took by force and violence in 1947 and 1948, but they want to live on all of the land, including those they captured by force and violence in 1967.

Now, I know the people reading this column are mostly Americans who are uneducated about such complex issues as the Arab-Israeli problem. You have been brainwashed by years of pro-Israel lies and propaganda and fed stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims, racist hatred that continues till this day.

And you can’t argue with a racist. But I know most of you out there are smarter than you act. And when you look at the simple facts, without being threatened by pro-Israeli watchdogs who will call you “anti-Semitic” if you disagree with them, you will reach the right conclusion.

You would agree that the Palestinians and Arabs finally accepted, after years of conflict, Israel’s right to exist. That happened in 1988. We recognized Israel and started to even call it “Israel,” even though we disputed their claim to the land taken in 1948.

During the entire peace process, as Palestinians worked with the peace process believing it would lead to two-states — one Israel and one Palestine (in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and sharing Jerusalem), Israel in fact was working openly against all of that.

They speak with “forked tongue,” an expression used by Native Americans to described the American settlers who said they wanted peace but did everything they could to steal Indian lands for their own profit and benefit.

While Palestinians recognized Israel in the pre-1967 borders, Israelis expanded “exclusively” Jewish settlements. “Only” Jews live in those settlements. Those settlements are not “in” Israel, but in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, lands supposedly for a Palestinian State in the so-called “the two-state solution.”

Yes, Israel is a discriminatory state. What a shocker, right? If you are Jewish, you have all the rights in the world. If you are not, you are cheated of your rights and lands, often very creatively.

This isn’t a criticism of Jewish people, but rather a denunciation of the lies of the Israeli government. A foreign country that has the U.S. Congress and our tax dollars in a stranglehold.

It isn’t just Muslims suffering under Israeli occupation and losing lands. Christians are losing lands and rights, too. My mother is from Bethlehem, and our family owns 10 acres of land near Jerusalem. But “because” I am Christian, I can’t do anything with that land.

You understand the problem now?

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. You may reach him at  — City & Suburban News-Herald

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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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