[(PHOTO Amr Moussa, Mahmoud Abbas): Amr Moussa: “Don’t Give Up On Peace, Mahmoud. We still have several options to explore, and if they don’t work we can always call Ray Hanania. We should remain optimistic, but also be prudent. Let’s prepare and have available a secure phone line between Cairo and Chicago, and tell our best Arabic-English interpreter to remain on standby.“]
In a recent Jerusalem Post column, Palestinian-American Zionist Ray Hanania called on the Arab League to wrest control of the Palestinian cause: “IT IS about time that the Arab League nations finally did something. Their failure to lead has created a void which has allowed a small cabal of Palestinian extremists in the United States and Europe to hijack the Palestinian cause.”
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Hanania was discussing the outcome of a barely noticed Conference of Arab Expatriates hosted in Cairo by the League of Arab States. Ray who doesn’t speak Arabic calls it the League of Arab “Nations.” Responding to the reaction to the conference by people he does not specify, but describes as “fanatics”, Ray said “As soon as the first-ever conference of Arab expatriates hosted in Cairo earlier this month by the League of Arab Nations closed, the fanatics dropped from their damp dark caves and started to scream that it was a sham”, and then went on to point out “The conference, backed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is calling on Palestinians and Arabs who are expatriates living in the West but more importantly in the United States, to organize…the Palestinians and the Arab League want to rip control of the Palestinian cause from the hands of fanatics and extremists in the United States whose sole mission has been to block peace and to reinforce the power of Hamas, the terrorist religious organizations.”
We will largely ignore Ray’s description of the democratically elected representatives of the Palestinians, and the largest Palestinian resistance faction as a “terrorist religious organization.” Ray’s shameless, and amateurish attempt to dismiss Hamas as a “terrorist religious organization” by invoking the image of groups such as Al-Qaeda is not new. Such outrageous language is not uncommon among supporters of the usurping entity, and serves as a stark reminder of the mindset that continues to prevail among the proponents of the Zionist colonial project that continue clinging to their dream of wiping Palestine off the map.
In his short and typically jumbled article the failed comedian, and Chicago radio talk show host that buys his own air time used the words “fanatics” and “extremists” twelve times. Ray did not mention the names of any activists or organizations in the US, but he’s clearly been very frustrated that the Palestinian community, and Arab-Americans in general have not been very receptive to his call to abandon their national rights, and end the conflict in Palestine by adopting Zionism as their own project, and accepting as permanent a racist, colonial regime in a homeland they have inhabited since the beginning of time.
Our columnist who continues to lie about being a Pulitzer Prize Nominee in 1990, appears to be growing bitter as he watches a Palestine solidarity movement enjoy limited, but not insignificant success here in the US, and show signs of increasing effectiveness internationally. The growing effectiveness of anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists is evidenced in a new wave of repression that has targeted activists in several US cities, including Ray’s own Chicago.
After realizing the futility of any effort to win recruits among the Palestinian community, and its supporters within the US, he is now taking his appeals all the way to Cairo in hope of enlisting the Arab League in his struggle against the opponents of peace. He argues the Arab League can turn the tide against the “fanatics and extremists”, but only if they “follow through with concrete actions to strengthen the voices of Palestinian and Arab moderates in the West and particularly in the United States. More importantly, they need to reach out to Palestinian moderates, slam down the extremist voices and speak consistently about peace based on the 2002 plan.”
In other words, our comedian believes the best way to promote peace is for the Arab League to reach out to him in Chicago, and help him not only defeat, but “slam down” the “fanatics and extremists” in the US who are “anti-Semitic and driven by hatred.” This same idiot who claims Arab-Americans from coast to coast have contacted him to express their support as he fights off a sustained, personal assault by presumably the same racists and fanatics who want to block peace, is now sitting in his mid-West American home waiting for an email or phone call from Amr Moussa. Let us know when he contacts you Ray, and, if he does tell him we said IKHRAS.