Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist. He can be reached on his personal website at

Twitter: @RayHanania 

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How MBS went in to bat for the Arab world

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia last week shattered many of the negative stereotypes about the Arab world that persist in America, and have defined the contentious relationship between the two.

March 28, 2018

How can Israel be a ‘democracy’ while allowing racism?

Israel has adopted 65 laws that allow it to discriminate against non-Jews, even though its defenders claim that’s a stretch. Some of the laws they assert were actually approved by the British when they controlled Palestine during the post-First World War Mandate given to them by the League of Nat

March 21, 2018

Close election could trigger an ‘Arab American Spring’

Next week, Arab American voters may come of age in the American election system in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District contest, which pits a strong liberal, Marie Newman, against a strong conservative, seven-term incumbent Dan Lipinski, both Democrats.

March 14, 2018

Arabs' long wait for Oscars pride goes on

At no moment in American life do Arabs feel so marginalized each year than during the presentation of the Oscars at the Academy Awards. This past Sunday, the Oscars marked their 90th year celebrating “great” movies.

March 07, 2018

Why we should end all contact with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may not have the best communications team to convey his words and deeds, but he has been consistent from day one.

February 28, 2018

Arab American empowerment continues to grow

Many ethnic and racial groups have faced discrimination in America before eventually overcoming it. For example, Illinois candidate for Governor Chris Kennedy, the son of assassinated US Senator Robert F.

February 21, 2018

Israel’s war on Palestinians is a war on facts

To the world, Ahmad Jarrar was a “terrorist” who murdered “innocent” Israeli Rabbi Raziel Shevach near his settlement outside of Nablus last month.

February 14, 2018

Time to rise above anger when confronting Israeli extremism

It is not hard to understand the frustration and anger Palestinians and Arabs feel in the face of continued abuse by Israel’s government, whose policies are not only destroying any chance of peace, but also encouraging more violence and death.

February 07, 2018

US must recognize and give rights to Arab-Americans

The Unites States Census Bureau announced last week that it will not include the term “Middle Eastern or North African” in its next census in 2020. The decision ensures that not even a diluted effort to count the number of Arabs in America will be conducted. 

January 31, 2018