Joe Avesar, Israeli-Palestinian Confederation co-founder releases book

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Joe Avesar has been an activist for peace since his childhood when an Arab fisherman saved his sister from drowning. Avesar is no a co-founder of the Palestinian-Israeli Confederation movement which has a large presence in Israel, Palestine and on Facebook.

Avesar has detailed the principles of confederation in his new book “Peace: A Case for an Israeli Palestinian Confederation” (126 pp, Damasaja Publishing, CA).

The book argues mainly about peace but also how a confederation can make the current Middle East peace failures turn in to a reality.

It’s well written and easy to read. And when you are done, it restores your belief that peace is possible; so many Palestinians and Israelis, these days, are fighting against the idea of peace, believing instead of conquest or victory. The idea of compromise has lost much of its luster and many who support peace, tragically, have lost the will to believe.

Avesar’s book offers an impetus to believe again and it provides clean, clear and reasoned logic to kickstart a new initiative and get people to think out of the box.

— Ray Hanania

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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, Hanania 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. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

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