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IkhrAss the Comic: Shoving the proverbial shoe up Ikhras’s Ass
By Ray Hanania
Ikhras is a funded by the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. The website defends the warcrimes of Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma, and attack any American Arab who has ever criticized or challenged the tyranny of Syria, which in the past three years has massacred hundreds of thousands of women, children and old men, along with destroying many civilian villages and towns.
To help counter charges of corruption and tyranny, Ikhras seeks to divide the American Arab community, using Jew-hating, anti-Christian racism and by targeting moderate Muslim Americans like the notable writer Hussein Ibish, Palestinian American community leader and activist Ziad Asali of the American Task Force on Palestine, Jim Zogby of the American Arab Institute, and accomplished professional standup comedians like Maysoon Zayid and Dean Obeidallah among hundreds of American Arabs that have achieved notoriety in the West.
Ikhras hides behind anonymity to make its typically scurrilous, false accusations, and libelous assaults against their targets, many of whom are selected by the Syrian regime in Damascus.
The Ikhras hate site has even coordinated its personal attacks with notoriously anti-Palestinian, racist sites like Little Green Footballs, Jihad Watch and Front Page Magazine. In reality, Ikhras is a collaborator with those who seek to destroy Palestine and keep it oppressed.
Why would Ikhras seek to keep Palestinians oppressed? Because without the oppression, extremists like Ikhras would be out of their jobs. They have no qualifications to do anything else except to demonize their own people and to shill from dictatorships like the Assad regime.
The Arab fanatic activists, Thabet al-Arabi and Qassem Lufti, whose only consistency is their lifelong difficulty with the English language, exist only because Palestinians suffer. They exploit the suffering to fan flames of vicious bigotry not just against Arabs but against Jews and secular Muslims. And they network with other hate sites like “Uprooted Palestinians” and “KabobFest,” a cabal of evil-doers who were backed by Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq and shifted to the pro-Assad activists following Saddam’s collapse and hanging.
The only positive thing Ikhras does is help keep the spotlight on effective Arab activism. Their target list is a who’s who of successful and prominent American Arabs and pro-Palestinian and pro-peace leaders. Being attacked by Ikhras is the equivalent of “being called ugly by a pig.” It’s an honor that is worn with pride. To be hated by haters and those who defend tyranny and oppression, and hypocrites who falsely claim they strive to “liberate Palestine,” is the ultimate honor in the Arab World.
So we take the Ikhras proverbial shoe and shove it up Ikhras’s ass with enthusiasm. We laugh at their outrageous lies knowing that only the forlorn and defeated embrace their ilk.
And we honor the putrid nature of Ikhras with this comic strip, called IkhrAss, which combines the Arabic word “shut up” with a beating with a shoe and a literary water-boarding.
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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 www.ArabNews.com. 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 TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
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, YNetNews.com, 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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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com