Monday, November 15, 2010

Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process: Give and Take - Palestinians Give, Israel Takes

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Shades of Gray: Ray Hanania's Comic Strip 11-15-10
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President Obama and the United States are begging Israel to adopt a three month partial freeze in order to kick start the peace process and negotiations with the Palestinians. The Palestinians are ready to accept Israel's hold on most of the settlements in exchange for final borders, but Israel's Netanyahu is dragging his feet and demanding more. Netanyahu's version of Give and Take: The Palestinians give everything and Israel takes everything.

Monday, November 1, 2010

10-03-10 John Boehner and Republicans prepare to take over government, by denouncing government

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Nov. 3, 2010. Republican leader John Boehner prepares to takeover the reigns of government control, having argued that government already controls too much. Isn't that just peachy?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Israel risks peace to save Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard

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Israel risks peace to save Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard
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Shades of Gray, Ray Hanania's Political Comic Strips
Sept. 21, 2010
Israel balks on peace to salvage Jonathan Pollard, the spy who stole critical American secrets that jeopardized the lives of thousands of American soldiers and spies for Israel. Pollard was paid huge sums and lavished with gold and jewelry by Israel in exchange for the information, some of which made it to Pakistan and enemies of the United States.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque debate filled with hypocrisy

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Ray Hanania's World Comic Strip Shades of Gray. Sept. 11, 2010.
Only some people have the right to mourn the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. The rest are victims of the terrorism, too, including Muslims, tolerance and the fight against racism.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Israelis freeze settlements when Hell Freezes over

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Israel says it is freezing settlements in order to help kick start stalled peace negotiations, but at the same time, Israel is expanding settlements.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Octavia Nasr fired from CNN for Twittering condolences on death of Hezbollah founder

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July 12, 2010 Octavia Nasr fired
CNN Senior editor Octavia Nasr is fired because she expressed condolences on the death of Lebanese cleric Ayatollah Fadlallah. Fadlallah was a founder of Hezbollah, an avowed enemy of Israel and denounced as a terrorist organization by the United States. But Hezbollah was founded in 1980 in part by Fadlallah in response to Israel's vicious military assault and occupation of Lebanon. Later, Fadlallah distanced himself from some of Hezbollah;s policies, but was a leader in championing the rights of women, calling for the abolition of laws and practices called "Honor Killings" where the murder of women accused or rumored to have brought shame to their families would be hailed as a male right with the perpetrators not serving any time in prison. The outcry against Nasr originated with American Jewish organizations, such as the Simon Weisenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League (the latter saying it accepted Nasr's apology for using Twitter, which restricts postings to 140 characters (or 35 words), to express a feeling that required more context. She was the second senior American Arab journalist to lose her job in two months. Only many weeks before, Helen Thomas was fired from Hearst Corporation for criticizing Israeli policies in the West Bank, comments distorted by anti-Arab activists in the United States and Israel who claimed she was anti-Semitic.

Monday, June 21, 2010

06-22-10 Hamas decries Israeli restrictions but imposes its own siege on secular Arab culture

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Hamas complains about Israel's restrictions, oppression and occupation of the Palestinian people but imposes its own restrictions, oppression and occupation on secular Palestinians banning secular traditions such as dancing, drinking and more.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Israel launches full scale assault and says it was "defending" itself

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Israel launched a massive assault against a flotilla of boats seeking to break the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and bring food and medicine to the 1.5 million starving Palestinians, and Israel's response from Danny Ayalon, the Deputy Foreign Minister, is Israel was defending itself. It is an amazing demonstration of clever Public Relations spin. Israeli soldiers who stormed the boats with guns and with surprise in international waters, claimed that when they landed on the boat and surprised the passengers with their guns and full battle gear, the civilians on the boat tried to defend themselves, which in Israel's eyes is an act of aggression. Tragic.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rima Fakih changes images of Middle East, exposes the hypocrites

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Shades of Gray: Ray Hanania's Comic Strip. May 23, 2010
Click on Comic Strip to view larger image.Rima Fakih, who was named Miss USA recently and will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe Competition, is helping to change the negative stereotypes that the West has of the Arab World but she has also sparked a debate in the Middle East, including among the religious hypocrites in Israel and the Arab countries.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Chicago Reader profiles Ray Hanania's media network

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Check out the Chicago Reader's profile of Ray Hanania's media network ...

Click HERE to read the feature by columnist Michael Miner

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Israel's Jerusalem the most closed city in the world today

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Israel insists that Jerusalem is now an Open City as a city occupied by the Israeli military and surrounded by a concrete wall and barbed wire, but since it has come under Israeli occupation since 1967, Jerusalem has become the most closed city in the world. Billions of people, mainly Arabs and Muslims and anyone who is a critic of Israel's brutal occupation and rejection of peace, are banned by the Israeli government from entering the city. Even Palestinians born in the city, Christian and Muslim, are denied the right to pray at their religious shrines and only armed settlers, who train their children to kill Arabs, are allowed free access to the Holy City.
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-- Ray Hanania

Monday, May 3, 2010

Israel given pass on critical issue of Nuclear weapons, undermines world's condemnation of Iran

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May 3, 2010.
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Israel is given a pass on the critical issue of nuclear weapons by the United States. That hypocrisy undermines the world's efforts to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons and places the Middle East in a dangerous situation. Israel should be forced to open it's nuclear weapons sites for inspection by the World body and the United States should end the hypocrisy of giving Israel a waiver from principle, morality and the international rule of law.

-- Ray Hanania

Thursday, April 15, 2010

04-17-10 One man's terror street is another man's freedom fighter street

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One man's terror street is another man's freedom fighter street. Israelis are angry because the Palestinians in Ramallah have named a street after an alleged terrorist who fought against Israel's brutal military occupation and oppression, Yahya Aiyash. Of course, Israelis are hypocrites when it comes to terrorism and are the biggest hypocrites of all when defending their own leaders who used terrorism like the arch terrorist of all time Menachem Begin who murdered 100 civilians in cold blood in 1947 at Deir Yassin to make a point. And then there was his terrorist pal  Yitzhak Shamir, another cold blooded terrorist killer, and his disciple Ariel Sharon, another cold blooded terrorist murderer. And all of them have streets named in their honor all over Israel. I guess it is okay when the terrorists are Israeli.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

04-11-10: Israel orders mass evictions from West Bank. Christians and Muslims only -- not Jewish settlers

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Israel ordered mass evictions from the West Bank this week, but not of Israeli settlers from annexed and stolen lands, but Christians and Muslims living in the West Bank. It's a part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to "create" a Palestinian State -- without any Palestinians in it.
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-- Ray Hanania

Monday, March 29, 2010

White Terrorists: The Worst Kind, 03-30-10

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Shades of Gray; Ray Hanania's Comic Strip: March 30, 2010
Click the comic image to view a larger version.FBI agents arrest alleged terrorist plotters across the United States. All of the suspects are White and Christian militants, or "home grown" terrorists espousing extremist and violent views. But no one has yet suggested that the airports start profiling White people or Christians in order to nab these terrorists. These terrorists are with the Hutaree, which sounds more threatening than al-Qaeda.

CNN: Nine people federal prosecutors say belong to a "Christian warrior" militia were accused Monday of plotting to kill a Michigan law enforcement officer and then attack other police at the funeral. Six Michigan residents, two residents of Ohio and an Indiana resident were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena announced. All but one of the suspects -- Joshua Matthew Stone, the 21-year-old son of the militia's leader -- were in custody by Monday morning and seven of them made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer, prosecutors said. Read more?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Israelis blast New Israel Fund over Goldstone Report of War Crimes by Israel in Gaza Strip

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Extremists on Israel's far right have attacked the New Israel Fund for its ties to pro-israeli organizations that have supported investigating the war crimes charges by by the United Nation's special investigator Richard Goldstone in his report, the Goldstone Report. The extremists have used Nazi-era images to demonize the NIF which supports peace, two-states and an end to violence, and the NIF has come under increasing attacks by Israeli society. The biggest complaint is not that the Goldstone Report's conclusions that some in Israel's military intentionally murdered Palestinian women and children during the brutal and oppressive Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip last year, but rather that they supported the charges that the war crimes should be investigated.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Israel embarrasses Turkish ambassador, but it could have been worse

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Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, following in the racist practices of his boss Avigdor Lieberman, used his usual style of ridicule and shame to embarrass the Ambassador of Turkey, a nation that has been a close military ally of Israels, the only in the region.

Turkey responded by withdrawing their ambassador, protesting Israel's brutal treatment of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip -- their first strong protest about the carnage in Gaza in over a year, and questioned Israel's policies towards non-Jews.

Lierbeman refused to apologize but moderate elements in the Israeli Government recognized the mistake and immediately flew to Turkey to apologize. But the damn is broken by the damned. And it won't be fixed too soon.

Maybe Avigdor Lieberman is a good thing after all.

-- Ray Hanania