We must save Arab Christians in Middle East & America

We must save Arab Christians in Middle East & America

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Saving Arab Christians in Middle East & America

#SaveArabChristians New Facebook Group documents killings of Arabs & Middle East Christians. Please support, share:

www.facebook.com/groups/160992707701045

By Ray Hanania

rayhananiacolumnpodcast_-8-1I can’t believe that whenever someone brings up the topic of “Saving Arab Christians,” people in the Middle East community get angry and upset.

I get angry responses on my Facebook Page like:

“Stop trying to cause trouble between Christians and Muslims. We have always been brothers and sisters and we suffer together. There is no problem between our communities.”

Or,

“Your point doesn’t make sense. Arab Christians are protected in the Middle East. Why are you starting trouble?”

Or,

“The only people killing Arab Christians are Israelis in the occupation. Muslims are not killing Christians.”

The point is that no one wants to talk about the reality of life for Christians not just in the Middle East but in the West and especially in the United States.

The fact is Christian Arabs are being killed and their killings are being marginalized as “abnormal,” and “oddity,” or “uncharacteristic” of the Arab World.

The Christian village of Taybeh, West Bank, Palestine

The Christian village of Taybeh, West Bank, Palestine

But that’s not true.

So, I set up a Facebook Group that I hope people who want to show support for Arab Christians, who want to add their voices to protect the rights of Arab Christians be it in the Middle East, the Islamic World or in the United States and the West, can come to show their support.

It is a fact: Extremists in the Israeli community are killing Christians.

It is a fact: Extremists in the Muslim community are killing Christians.

It is a fact: Christian Arabs in America are being murdered and assaulted by Americans — Christians, Muslims and Jews — because each group has a reason to hate them.

Christian religious presence imposes itself in Jerusalem despite pressures from all sides. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Christian religious presence imposes itself in Jerusalem despite pressures from all sides. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

It is a fact: No one is speaking out against this increasing phenomena of the killing and silencing of Christian Arabs throughout the world because Israelis, Muslims, Arabs and even Christians believe that putting a spotlight on these killings will somehow hurt their political arguments that Christians are treated with respect in Israel, in the Arab World, in the Muslim World and in the non-Arab world.

The Facebook Page is a place where stories about these killings can be documented and archived so that when someone says it is an exception, we can see that it is not an exception but a frightening phenomena that must be addressed.

Don’t deny truth. The only way to overcome evil is to recognize the truth and then do something about it. If there is a failing, overcoming that failing requires that the failing must be acknowledged.

#SaveArabChristians New Facebook Group documents killings of Arabs & Middle East Christians. Please support, share:

www.facebook.com/groups/160992707701045

Speaking out in defense of Christian Arabs IS NOT an attack on Islam or even Judaism. It’s not an attack on Muslims or Jews. It’s not an attack on Israel, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon or any of the Arab or Middle East countries.

Christian Arabs have a right to speak out against those extremist minorities who attack them. We will not be bullied. We will not be marginalized. We will not be silenced.

As Christians, we turn the other cheek in the face of violence, but we also spread the word to the world.

I won’t be silenced. No one can silence the rights of Christian in the Middle East, in the Islamic World, in the West and especially in the United States when we are under siege. We need to recognize this growing and frightening phenomena of the killing of Christians because they are Christians.

(Ray Hanania is a Palestinian American Arab Christian. Email him at rghanania@gmail.com. But most importantly, if you care about supporting Christian Arabs and Middle East Christians, LIKE the Save Arab Christians Facebook Group.)

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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 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.

His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania

Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com