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My personal story:
A journalist, peace activist, critic of all bad things on all sides, writer, author, journalist, comic strip satirist, standup comedian (Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour and all around nice guy. Family originally from Romema in West Jerusalem; mother from Bethlehem, Jewish wife and son. Founder Yalla Peace Party (
Why I want peace:
It's the right thing to do.
Interests and activities:
playing blues & rock guitar; Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones
Something you didn't know about me:
I make the best stuffed grape leaves in the world
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Been here before
What I want to achieve here:
maybe toss in my two shekels to make people think ... or just lurk if the "Netanyahu's" and "bin Ladens's" and "Hamas" are too dominant here ...
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JStreet's phenomenally inspiring Conference in Washington DC

Posted on February 27, 2011 at 2:38pm 13 Comments

Not only did I get a chance to connect with founder Eyal Raviv, but I also met Mitchel Plitnick and other peace activist writers at the 2nd annual JStreet convention at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. The first day's session, Saturday, featured many inspirational presentations including by JStreet President Jeremy Ben-Ami and by award recipients that included journalist Peter Beinart, Israeli activist for Palestinian rights in Sheikh Jarrah Sara Benninga and…


The misleading spin on the Palestine Papers story -- hatred rather than insight

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 4:47am 0 Comments

The Palestine Papers do not expose the traitorous leadership of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but rather expose the under belly of the false arguments of the extremists on both sides.


The Palestine Papers show that the Palestinians have made a genuine effort to compromise offer Israel the MOST GENEROUS PEACE OFFER EVER (do those words sound familiar) and instead of accepting and embrace peace, Israel's government led by Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the peace…


Thanks Hagay ... we need peace

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 4:19pm 0 Comments

Hi Hagay ... I was not able to post this in response to your email but here it is:

Thanks Hagay ... I am proud to support what you are doing to bring our people together for the right reasons, to discuss peace,not blame each other, to say good things about each other and to work to change our own people to do the right thing, and to look forwards not backwards at the distance past. We do not forget history but together we need not argue our different views of history.…

Ccriticize yes, demonize no

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 4:23pm 2 Comments

I am always amazed how each side always blames the other but never assumes blame of their own. How many Israelis write me and tell me the Palestinians teach their children hate, and never acknowledge that they too teach their own children hatred of the worse kind. Hatred taught by people who are victims is more anger. hatred taught by people who are the victors is unmotivated by anger and is more hatred.

But when people can't see their own faults, that is a bigger challenge…

Challenges facing American Arabs, from racism to political extremists: Radio Chicagoiland Monday Jan. 11

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 1:53pm 0 Comments

Producer and filmmaker Usama alShaibi joins Ray Hanania in discussing with guests on "Mornings with Ray Hanania" radio the challenges facing American Arabs and their experience in America with guests Laila alHussini, the morning radio talk show host in Dearborn, Michigan. Also, Victor Ghannam, a musician with singer sensayion Safa Dahan, discusses Middle Eastern music and their performances in Chicago.

The show was broadcast live on WJJG 1530 AM Radio Monday January 11, 2009 and is… Continue

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At 10:57pm on May 12, 2012, leonardo martin said…



cotizaciones de Prem Rawat - Maharaji

At 3:32pm on March 3, 2012, leonardo martin said…
At 1:25am on March 31, 2010, Hagay said…

At 9:12am on February 19, 2010, Sarah Pesto said…
Ray, it's awesome that you are on this site too! :-)
At 6:45pm on December 25, 2009, fesalk411 said…
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.

It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
At 3:20pm on August 26, 2009, Howard Bergman said…
I hope to catch your radio show when I move back to Mpls. Are you in touch with the organization Ir amim?
At 5:01pm on April 17, 2009, Jeff Rudy said…
Happy birthday Ray,
Please acceopt my invitation to be freiends, I am the Co-Founder of Where Peace Lives, a non-profit dedicAted to empowering children to have a say in the type of world they want to live in through art and media projects. Our Kids International Peace Mural Exchange Project has reached 20 schools/organizations in 12 countries including Jericho, Palestine. More than 1,000 young people have participated in oour programs in the past 1-1/2 years.
Please check out our website at and see how we can possibly work together.
Much love and peace,
Jeff Rudy
Where Peace Lives
At 7:12am on April 17, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
Happy Birthday Ray.
At 8:59pm on September 19, 2008, Ray Hanania said…
Hey Seth ... no problem and I am sorry that I did not respond sooner ...

I also have a new radio show Mon-Fri 8 am to 9:30 am in Chicago CST/Central time ... but, you can listen online on the Internet and I have a timeclock to show timezones so you know when it's on in your area at :)
At 12:17pm on August 15, 2008, Max S said…
Hi there Ray. It's you! I heard about you on the BBC. Are you going to come to London? I think you should. I had a look at your website today. Anyway, I am really glad you joined. Yeah, you are right some people do treat this website as their psychiatrist's couch and kick off but will change and become more organised. I am helping to organise the Peace Cafe in Beit Jala if you are ever in the Middle East we must have one when you are there. Cheers. Max.


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