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Apr
19
Fri
Israeli elections, Ilhan Omar’s choice — Arab or Muslim? On Arab Radio @ WNZK AM 690 Radio Detroit
Apr 19 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Israeli elections, Ilhan Omar’s choice — Arab or Muslim? On Arab Radio

Radio talk show host Ray Hanania will host a program on Friday morning at 8 AM Detroit time on WNZK AM 690 radio to discuss the aftermath of the Israeli elections — a Palestinian Election Nakba. Joining him on radio will be Ali Younes.

Hanania is a columnist with the ArabNews.comnewspaper based in Saudi Arabia and in Dubai and Younes is an investigative reporter with Aljazeera English.

Hanania and Younes will talk about the aftermath of the Israeli elections in which Arab voters boycotted and only voted at a rate of about 50 percent, losing seats on the Knesset from 13 to 10. Had they voted to their maximum potential, they could have won 24 to 26 seats making them a formidable voice on Israeli policies.

Hanania and Younes will also discuss the vicious attacks against Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by the administration of President Donald Trump. Trump continues to cross the line in attacking Omar, Muslims in America and also the Palestinians. But the question that faces Omar is whether she wants to define herself as a Muslim or as an Arab American. An Arab Muslim from Somali, Omar faces the same criticism that is leveled against American Jewish activists who champion the cause of Israel over the interests of the United States. Dual loyalty is a serious issue regardless of your religion or heritage. Click here to read Ray Hanania’s column in the Arab News this week April 17, 2019

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Ilhan Omar Becomes First Somali Arab-American To Win Minnesota Congressional Primary

Ilhan Omar Becomes First Somali Arab-American To Win Minnesota Congressional Primary

Also, the show will include a segment with Adel Mozip who recently to fill a vacant board seat for both the school district and Henry Ford College on Tuesday, filling the seats that once belonged to current Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud. Mozip emerged from a field of 11 candidates who applied to fill the seat, which became open after Hammoud told the board she was concerned about a potential conflict-of-interest and vacated it. Mozip previously ran for the position twice before.

You can call-in to the radio show at 248-557-3300 during the show which airs between 8 AM and 9 AM in Detroit (7 AM and 8 AM in Chicago) and 2 PM to 3 PM in Occupied Jerusalem.

THE ARAB STREET Radio & Podcast is a part of the US Arab Radio Network hosted by Laila Alhusini … in an effort to energize and empower Arab Americans to stand up for their rights … for more information go to my website at www.Hanania.com

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The radio show call-in number is 248-557-3300

Our show is available afterward on podcast on iTunes or by visiting the website www.TheArabStreet.org.

Hanania also hosts a second podcast exclusively on Chicagoland and mainstream American politics. For information on the “Ray Hanania on Politics” Podcast visit www.RayHananiaOnPolitics.com.

Sep
12
Thu
Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library @ Orland Park Library
Sep 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library

Award-winning syndicated columnist Ray Hanania will headline a free discussion comedy performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, beginning at 7 pm at the Orland Park Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park.

Join Ray Hanania in a discussion-performance on Chicagoland politics, Arab American Heritage and standup comedy at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 beginning at 7 pm.

An award-winning syndicated columnist who covered politics for nearly a half-century, Hanania was assigned as the fulltime City Hall reporter from 1978 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanania is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996), “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005), and “PoweR PR: The Ethnic Activists Guide to Strategic Communications” (2018).

A Christian Palestinian American whose parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem — “Jesus is my cousin,” Hanania boosts –Hanania is married to a Jewish wife and his two children, Carolyn who is Catholic and Aaron who is Jewish and who had his Bar Mitzvah in 2014. Aaron is also the author of the novel “The King’s Pawn,” published in 2018.

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Hanania discusses the shock and awe of Chicagoland politics and is an advocate of suburban taxpayer rights. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspaper and the Des Plaines Valley News on regional politics and life, and weekly syndicated columns on the Middle East for MiddleEastMonitor.com online based in London, and for the ArabNews.com newspaper based in Saudi Arabia.

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Hanania is also an authority on Arab American heritage and settlement in Chicagoland. In the 1990s, Hanania led tours of “Arab Chicago” visiting a mosque and Arab church in Chicago for the City of Chicago’s Great Neighborhood Tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Society from 2003 through 2010.

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

In January 2002, Hanania launched a standup comedy performance and was immediately booked by Zanies, one of the country’s premiere comedy clubs where he performed 100 shows until he was booked with Jewish American Comedian Jackie Mason in August 2002 who demanded that Hanania not be allowed to appear on stage with him because Hanania “is a Palestinian.” The cancellation of the show created international headlines and more than 150 million news media impressions in reports in every major newspaper and TV and radio station in the world, from Cairo to Jerusalem to New Delhi to Chicago and New York.  In 2004, Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour with Israeli comedians Charlie Warady and Yisrael Campbell and Jewish American Comedian Aaron Freeman. The grouped performed for dozens of Synagogues, Mosques, Churches and Jewish, Christian and Muslim audiences in Chicago, Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, West and East Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ramallah, and Dublin. Hanania also performed in Dubai and London as well as in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hanania’s most often quoted line “If we can laugh together, we can live together” was frequently cited as the mantra for the power of humor and its ability to cut through hatred and anger. Hanania was targeted by extremist Muslim and Arab groups for performing with “Israelis” — most Arab comedians will perform with Jews but will not perform with Israelis as a part of the anti-normalization and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) restrictions.

Hanania’s standup comedy lampoons his life as an Arab growing up in America and as a Palestinian married to a Jew.

Hanania will present on Arab heritage, Chicago and politics, and perform bits from his standup comedy routine during the appearance at the Orland Park library.

For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his website at www.Hanania.com.

Sam Buca's Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster

Sam Buca’s Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster