Ray Hanania from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:58:39 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ray Hanania from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ray-hanania-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania b124096cb671367c521d470f30669bc6 America Is Responsible for Israel's Terrorism for 04/07/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/04/16/america-is-responsible-for-israels-terrorism Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's a simple concept: Nations either adhere to international human rights norms and standards, or they don't. Israel violates both and is not held accountable. The United States, which asserts to be the voice of freedom in the world, is in fact complicit in Israel's refusal to adhere to the international rule of law and the fundamentals of civil rights. That makes America a hypocrite. And if America refuses to comply with these rules and notions in <i> all </i> instances, it should also face the consequences.</p> <p>It also means that when terrorists attack America in violation of these standards, the American government and American people have no right to complain. They have no right to seek retribution, and they have no right to point fingers at anyone, including al-Qaeda, ISIS or any organization that America calls terrorist.</p> <p>Of course, most Americans don't recognize or care about their own hypocrisy. They actually embrace the force of arms, the arrogance that they are better than others. At times, they are racist and don't see all people as equals who should enjoy universal principles of law, civil rights and the protection of family. It's the reason why many people around the world look at America today with disdain and disgust. How selfish is this nation that claims to be righteous and yet is engaged in supporting unrighteous actions?<p>Updated: Thu Apr 07, 2016</p> d79f5f83ba77fae397f6ec5ab997f1e2 Israel Takes Violence to Shocking New Levels for 03/31/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/03/16/israel-takes-violence-to-shocking-new-levels Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Over the past year, I have watched multiple news reports about the rise of African-Americans being killed by police officers, specifically in Chicago. Many of these victims are teens who come from checkered pasts or are suspected of crimes. They deserve to be arrested and prosecuted in a court of law; they don't deserve to be summarily executed by police or soldiers.</p> <p>One of the most shocking incidents was the killing of Laquan McDonald, a troubled young African-American who police said was carrying a small knife when Chicago police officers stopped him walking down the middle of the street. Officer Jason Van Dyke stepped out of his police car and fired his weapon. The 17-year-old boy fell to the pavement, incapacitated but still alive. The officer then unloaded his weapon, hitting the boy's body a total of 16 times.</p> <p>The killing could have vanished into the abyss of government bureaucracy and lies, except for the fact that one of the squad car's cameras captured every moment. The video (which can be viewed on my website) was not released until about a year after the shooting, and was released to the public without audio. The footage contradicted Van Dyke, who told investigators that McDonald had threatened him. Several of his police colleagues backed him up. The Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez was tasked with investigating this case, and many accused her of waiting too long to bring murder charges against Van Dyke. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 31, 2016</p> a58c8c202574c701279ade9b5aad354f ISIS Reflects the Dark Side of the Western World for 03/24/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/03/16/isis-reflects-the-dark-side-of-the-western-world Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY RAY HANANIA</p> <p>FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016</p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Mar 24, 2016</p> a584f7b9013bccf1d1c149f247473b59 Bernie Sanders Gives American Arabs Hope for 03/17/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/03/16/bernie-sanders-gives-american-arabs-hope Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Most Arabs are angry about the Israeli government's vicious and oppressive policies denying basic human rights to Christian and Muslim Palestinians living both inside Israel and under the Israeli military occupation.</p> <p>But that anger, which fuels the much-justified criticism of Israel's government and its immoral policies, is not anti-Semitic, as many extremist pro-Israel fanatics assert. The recent voting patterns of American Arabs in this presidential election prove it.</p> <p>For most American Arabs, Sen. Bernie Sanders &#8212; who is Jewish &#8212; is their number one choice for president The fact that he is Jewish is less important than the fact that he supports a progressive Middle East policy that is fair to Arabs.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 17, 2016</p> 95277ffc7ef0a1f4be644085238f4f24 The Vanishing 'Arab' in Middle East and American Politics for 03/10/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/03/16/the-vanishing-arab-in-middle-east-and-american-politics Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>There was a time when the operative word in any discussion of the Middle East was "Arab." Today, that word is "Muslim," and it's changing the dynamics of America's discourse, policies and politics with the Middle East.</p> <p>Most Muslims are not Arabs. Their priorities are different from most Arabs' priorities. Of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, only 20 percent are Arab. The rest are African and Asian.</p> <p>This distinction allows American politicians to play a shell game with Middle East politics, distracting American citizens with the issue of "Muslims" to hide the true heart of Arab identity: Palestine.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 10, 2016</p> 08204b830a0150d1e8f4b18e2b76b020 The Oscars: Hypocrisy, Diversity and Arab Envy for 03/03/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/03/16/the-oscars-hypocrisy-diversity-and-arab-envy Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>More than 34 million people watched the Oscars this past Sunday &#8212; fewer viewers than prior years and far below the 114 million people who watch the Super Bowl. But it?s all relative, I guess.</p> <p>Only 22 million Americans watch the evening news each night, and those numbers continue to plummet. That fact that more people watch the Super Bowl and the Oscars than the nightly news should tell you where the American public?s priorities lay. It could explain why Donald Trump resonates with the public: He?s entertaining. The public trusts him more than they trust the media, because the American society is primarily educated and enthused by entertainment and popularity, not by factual news and study. Hollywood movies impact hundreds of millions of Americans, even if only a fraction tune in to awards shows.</p> <p>Israeli businessman and billionaire film mogul Arnon Milchan has invested hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money to fund about 130 movies. He also served as an Israeli intelligence operative for some 25 years. Leonardo DiCaprio thanked Milchan during his 2016 Golden Globes acceptance speech for producing and financing ?The Revenant.?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 03, 2016</p> a9577c7219c7a266c3b3997e8c9fe885 Trump Forcing GOP To Do What Arabs Failed To Do for 02/25/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/02/16/trump-forcing-gop-to-do-what-arabs-failed-to-do Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Donald Trump is being criticized by Muslims for embracing extreme rhetoric urging that the immigration of Muslims into the United States be halted until the country can better understand the threat from Islamic extremists.</p> <p>But Arabs and people in the Middle East should be grateful to him for forcing the Republican Party and the American people to finally, after nearly 13 years, admit that the invasion of Iraq was more than just a mistake.</p> <p>The charge that the Iraq war was illegal is more than just rhetoric.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2016</p> ee6f684ee02cb80ca97a36ca520bbc0d Trump Gains Among Christians in the Middle East for 02/18/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/02/16/trump-gains-among-christians-in-the-middle-east Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Donald Trump may have angered Muslims with his broad swipes at Islamic terrorism and violence, but he has garnered more positive sentiment from Christians in the Middle East.</p> <p>Most Americans don't understand the diversity of the Middle East, and lump all people with dark skin who look "Middle Eastern" into the label of Muslim. At the same time, most Arabs and Muslims don't understand the complexities of American politics, and are too easily cowed into angry corners of isolation.</p> <p>Trump's bombastic comments against Muslims and Mexicans have earned him criticism as a racist who uses stereotypes to pander to American voters' fears.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2016</p> 9693c8022c82cd25f4ced5911cd76bd5 Israel Continues to Embrace Racist Double Standards for 02/11/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/02/16/israel-continues-to-embrace-racist-double-standards Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This week, Israel's extremist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed that the Knesset expel Arab members who recently met with the families of suspects killed by Israeli forces without trial on charges of "terrorism."</p> <p>At least three Israeli Arab legislators who make up a very small part of Israel's political system, Basel Ghattas, Jamal Zahalke and Haneen Zoabi, met with the families of 10 civilians who have been accused of terrorist violence. As of 2015, only 17 of the Knesset 120 members are Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.</p> <p>Israel often kills non-Jews, be the citizens of Israel or occupied civilians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, who are accused of committing acts of violence or who also engage in peaceful protests against Israel's policies and Arab citizens of Israel have complained the killings are intentional and without judicial review.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 11, 2016</p> 2c3ff3ccc57840fe8ff9d6c06e87ac66 Muslims Remain Focus of Much American Anger for 02/04/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/02/16/muslims-remain-focus-of-much-american-anger Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As President Barack Obama addressed a congregation of American Muslims and Arabs at the Islamic Society of Baltimore Mosque on Wednesday, anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rage were taking form in a suburb of Chicago.</p> <p>In Palos Park, the Muslim American Society has purchased an abandoned Christian church, and plans to convert it into a mosque for prayer and religious activities.</p> <p>It's not the first time that Americans publicly denounced the opening of a mosque in an abandoned Christian church property. It's happened many times throughout the United States, including two other times within six miles of Palos Park.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 04, 2016</p> 91dcd19943ff2e7ec436b491d20b87cf There's Nothing Holy About the Holy Land for 01/28/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/01/16/theres-nothing-holy-about-the-holy-land Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Israelis criticize much about how Arabs are against "normalization." It's proof, they claim, Arabs are "anti-Israel" and worse, "anti-Semitic," seeking Israel's destruction.</p> <p>Israelis complain a lot about Arab rhetoric being inflammatory and use it as evidence to claim that Arabs oppose peace.</p> <p>"Normalization" is the king of hatred. It represents a path to peace, but it's not just Arabs who are against it. Israelis oppose it too.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2016</p> 7d41e980aa6c9c234ff265a634b641fb Boycott Not Answer to Lack of Oscar Diversity for 01/21/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/01/16/boycott-not-answer-to-lack-of-oscar-diversity Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>People of color have a right to be upset with the way Hollywood not only excludes them from the "party," but also shorts them on programing, both on the big screen in theaters and also on television.</p> <p>But it's wrong to call for a boycott of the Oscars on February 28 just to help one group in that large pool of "People of Color."</p> <p>There are a lot of people of color who won't be helped by the criticism leveled by African American actors and actresses, led by Jada Pinkett Smith and backed by her husband Will Smith (who didn't get an Oscar nomination for his film "Concussions," which honestly wasn't that good), and black filmmaker Spike Lee.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2016</p> 9febe3c98482a8c7dbace42f244751bd EU Ban on Settlement Goods a Moral Necessity for 01/14/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/01/16/eu-ban-on-settlement-goods-a-moral-necessity Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Politicians and American activists love to blather long and hard about how America cares about issues of law, business responsibilities, and helping the poor more than other foreign countries.</p> <p>The truth is, the United States likes to exaggerate, believing that if they state it, it will be true.</p> <p>But when it comes to the moral high ground, clearly the European Union stands far above the United States. Although in truth, the EU could go further when it comes to doing what is right.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2016</p> fb8dd30cdf22deeb9d8fb874ac42bf03 Un-Christian-like Racism Plagues Illinois Wheaton College for 01/07/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/01/16/un-christian-like-racism-plagues-illinois-wheaton-college Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>A lot of people wonder what would happen to Jesus if he lived in today's world. I know one thing. They wouldn't allow him to enroll at Wheaton College in Illinois, where any Christian-like gestures to "Muslims" are greeted with severe punishment.</p> <p>Wheaton College in Illinois (not Massachusetts) is a religious institution founded by Wesleyans, who are an evangelical Protestant religious group, which traces its heritage to John Wesley. Wesley is the founder of the Methodist movement, which came out of the Church of England in the mid-1700s.</p> <p>Last month, an African American Christian professor at Wheaton College, Larycia Hawkins, posted a statement on her Facebook Page showing support for Muslims who were being victimized by racism in America. Many Americans wrongly blame all Muslims for the acts of extremists who unjustifiably claim authority to speak for Islam.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2016</p> d5f3e8b969006ae13e116a77489dd63f Genocide Against Christians Not Just By Islamic Terrorists for 12/31/2015 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/12/15/genocide-against-christians-not-just-by-islamic-terrorists Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Christmas holidays always bring conflict into my life.</p> <p>I share the same tribulations most others feel when it comes to Christmas: I'm concerned about the poor, the homeless and children who won't have a "Merry" Christmas because of poverty and neglect.</p> <p>I'm concerned about non-Christians being bullied during the annual season of Christian celebration. Christmas isn't just one day. It's a season, which can be difficult for Jews, Muslims and other non-Christians.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2015</p> 65c9147477619d20517ee4e2a8eff70b Righteous Jewish Organizations in Israel Under Attack for 12/24/2015 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/12/15/righteous-jewish-organizations-in-israel-under-attack Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The rights of Palestinian civilians are not the only thing under attack by the rise of extremism in Israel. Jewish organizations that champion human and civil rights, and the rule of law have come under attack, too.</p> <p>The far right in Israel is seeking to destroy Jewish and Israeli organizations that challenge Israel's government and military abuses.</p> <p>Israel's fanatics survive by silencing their critics with bullying. Defamation has always been one of the strongest weapons used by the Israeli right. They bully and defame anyone who criticizes Israel. Most of the time, they are defaming non-Jewish critics who are Arab or Muslim. But for many years, the targets were always Palestinians and Arabs.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 24, 2015</p> 20e0d08de3792e09c33404cc67c9a7be The New American Racism, Blacks and Now Muslims for 12/17/2015 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/12/15/the-new-american-racism-blacks-and-now-muslims Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Muslims have become the national focus in the race for presidency in the United States. They have been singled out as a major threat to American security. Not just some, but all Muslims.</p> <p>But there are two very different types of Muslim bashing in America, today.</p> <p>One type is the unrestrained assault on Muslims, exemplified by the comments of two of the leading Republican contenders for presidency.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2015</p> 2d6ad12203be79db0434f4882c64f98c Israeli Policies Careen Towards Binational Cauldron for 12/10/2015 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/12/15/israeli-policies-careen-towards-binational-cauldron Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There are certain words that Israelis hate to hear, especially from Americans whom they have in a tight political headlock.</p> <p>One word is "apartheid."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2015</p> 4eac72b74e4f18878016f36e36d2b3c2 Racist Silence Binds Chicago and Israel in Killing of Teenagers for 12/03/2015 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/12/15/racist-silence-binds-chicago-and-israel-in-killing-of-teenagers Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>There are many similarities in the killing of Black teenagers by police on American streets, and the killing of even more Palestinian teenagers by Israel on the streets of occupied Palestine.</p> <p>Dozens of Black teenagers have been killed in America in the past year by police. Hundreds of Palestinian teenagers have been killed in Palestine by Israeli soldiers, armed Israeli settlers and Israeli police during the same period.</p> <p>In Chicago, police shot and killed a 17 year old who appeared to be acting erratically. Laquan McDonald was carrying a small pocketknife, the kind used by American Boy Scouts. He was on drugs, but no one knew that when the killing took place 13 months ago on Oct. 20, 2014.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2015</p> 90f66d8e3218869a6c7d111cc7e7be62 The Heroism of Rev. Jesse Jackson for 11/26/2015 https://www.creators.com/read/ray-hanania/11/15/the-heroism-of-rev-jesse-jackson Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>There is a running joke in the white community that is somewhat racist. Every time there is a crisis, Rev. Jesse Jackson will be there in front of the cameras.</p> <p>But few Americans have stood up for civil rights more than Jackson. He doesn't take on the easy fights. He takes on the toughest ones, battles most other good people are afraid to fight.</p> <p>I met Jackson back in 1974, when he met American-Arab businessmen who were being libeled in Chicago's biased mainstream news media.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2015</p>