The Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour overview

The Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour overview

The Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour was co-founded by Palestinian Ray Hanania and Israeli Charley Warady. It included Jewish American comedian Aaron Freeman and Israeli comedian Yisrael Campbell.

The group performed comedy shows before live audiences throughout Israel in 2007 including in West Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, Jaffa, Hebron, Tel Aviv, and in a tour hosted by MASA at U.S. college campuses. The group performed in Dublin, Ireland, and Hanania performed in Dubai and London as a representative of the Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour. They also performed in Austin, Texas, Des Moine Iowa, and in Canada with their biggest audience in Toronto filling the Roy Thomson Hall with more than 2,200 people.

The group also performed with other comedians including Egyptian American comedian Sherif, Muslim Bangladeshi comedian Arif Choudhury, and Ray’s Jewish son, Aaron Hanania.

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Aaron Freeman

Charley Warady

Yisrael Campbell

With the Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in 2007 at Kol Ha Neshama Synagogue in West Jerusalem, in Israel in March 12, 2007

Here are some past articles about the comedy show

Austin American Statesman, Jan. 16, 2009. Click here

The American Muslim Column, Oct. 11, 2007. Click here.

YNet News Column, Feb. 28, 2007. Click here.

Jerusalem Post Feb. 2, 2007, News Story. Click here.

The Electronic Intifadah hate site, April 4, 2008. Click here.

Winnipeg Jewish Review news story, 2008. Click here.

Column on MASA Tour of College Campuses Feb. 9, 2008. Click here.

Tzavta performance in Tel Aviv, Jan. 27, 2007. Click here.

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour Charley Warady, Ray Hanania, Aaron Freeman, Yisrael Campbel, Jan. 27, 2007 at Tzavta Theater in Tel Aviv, Israel. The first performance ever of Palestinians and Israelis together.

Haaretz Newspaper, Jan. 22, 2008. News story. Click here.

Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2015. News story. Click here.

The Marcos Kirsch Experience Blog. Jan. 19, 2009. Click here.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival 2010 Click here.


Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

"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."

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His columns are archived here. Hanania was named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" by the New America Media in November 2007, and is the 2009 recipient of the SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing.

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