Ray Hanania Doesn’t Know Nancy Ajram, “Bettered” Than Abba Eban

Ray Hanania’s best humor is always unintentional.  During his Radio Show today, November 11, he misunderstood a reference to Nancy Ajram, a popular Arab singer, and the Arab world’s version of a talentless, cultural “pop-tart”.  His gaffe occurred during a discussion of a local election in Michigan and Arab-American political apathy.  A caller into the show wanted to express his view that Arab-Americans are not politically active, and would be more interested in coming out to see a concert than to come out and vote in elections (44:25).

Caller: “if it was Nancy Ajram is here they would come and stand in line

Ray obviously has never heard of Ajram and thought the caller was stating another candidate (the candidate was a Muslim convert) would have brought out more Arab-American voters to which he responded:

What is the difference? Is it because she’s a convert to Islam?…But you said they would come out for another candidate.”

After the caller explained his reference to the singer Ray said:

Oh I got it, we love Huff-Lezs.”  The Arabic word for party is “Hafleh” and the plural would be “Haflat.”

The point of mentioning Ray’s latest unintended comedy is not to nitpick on the latest gaffe by this less than mediocre, local radio talk show host, but to offer another example of just how far removed many Arab-American “commentators” and “activists” are from the Arab world.  Far too many Arab-Americans appoint themselves spokespersons not only for Arab-Americans, but for the Arab world which they know very little about.  With two lines of unintended humor, Ray showed his ignorance of Arabic, Arab culture, and Arab politics. It is not the role of Arab-Americans to speak for the Arab world, nor does their ethnic heritage justify their implied claims to any advanced level of knowledge or expertise on the Arab world.

A few moments later (47:55) into his babbling the Palestinian-American Zionist said:

I debated Abba Eban…and I out did him, I “bettered” than him.” Ray should place Arabic aside and work on his English.

  8 comments for “Ray Hanania Doesn’t Know Nancy Ajram, “Bettered” Than Abba Eban

  1. Anonymous
    November 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    If Ikhras wrote poorly no one be here to say so. Good job at Ikhras, they hate you so:-)

  2. November 12, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Great column: with people being murdered in Syria and Palestine great to see write about something so pressing. And written poorly at that. 
    1. Take a writing course, Ill pay for it 2. write about real issues like Assad killing our people or Palestinians daily oppression. 

    • Marzia
      November 22, 2011 at 4:38 AM

      Poorly written blah blah blah….. Stop whining. The ones killing Syrians is not Assad. He has EVERY right to defend against the scum thugs sent by US/UK/EU. These are aggressive, abusive, insulting thugs and they think that since they are funded by the terrorist US and their goon states they can do what they want. They and you are wrong. We do not want them of their terrorist masters and WE HATE THEMA fact finding mission to Syria        – international women’s group finding is exactly what you will find in: Syria Under Fire Part-3Posted on21. Aug, 2011 by Jonathan Azaziah.NATO Invasion And Opposition Crimes Against Humanity By Jonathan Azaziah One of the lesser-discussed players in the ongoing onslaught against Syria is Turkey, a collaborationist regime bound to the Zionist entity via several military-intelligence MOUs drawn up for the specific purpose of carrying out aggression against Israel’s enemies, including Syria and the Islamic Republic of […]Continue ReadingSyria Under Fire Part-2Posted on20. Aug, 2011 by Jonathan Azaziah.By Jonathan Azaziah:The individual with the most influence and therefore, the most destructive potential, is a ‘religious’ figure named Sheikh Adnan al-Ar’ur. Sheikh Adnan is based in Saudi Arabia and is receiving an obscene amount of press from the House of Saud’s propaganda giant, Al-Arabiya, which is touting him as a ‘symbol of the Syrian Revolution.’Continue ReadingSyria Under Fire: Zionist Destabilization Hits Critical Mass – Part 1Posted on18. Aug, 2011 by Jonathan Azaziah.By Jonathan Azaziah Since 2004, the Zionist entity’s Mossad and its American partners in the Zionist-founded, Zionist-run National Endowment for Democracy (NED) have funded, armed and trained various opposition factions in Syria, spawning an army of ‘democracy-seeking activists’ ready to mobilize on command. An operations team was assembled by the House of Saud and the […] 

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  3. Anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Just wonderin’…..when it was that Hanania ‘debated’ Eban. Eban died in 2002 approximately 85 or older…and since he lived abroad wondering where that happened…not that I suggest brother Ray might be delusional about that part…..sigh.  Too many haflat?!  

    • November 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM

      What the hell does this have to do with Syria or Palestnians being killed. Your just as despicable as Ikhras. 

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