Podcast: Sir Rateb Rabie on Middle East Christians
By Ray Hanania
HCEF President Sir Rateb Rabie defends the rights of Christians in the Middle East
Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation President Sir Rateb Rabie discusses the challenges facing Christians in the Middle East. He talks about the anti-Christian views of Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a recent conference at the so-called “In Defense of Christians” conference held in Washington D.C. earlier in the month.
Rabie also noted that his protest and the protest of other Arab Christians was not just against the extremism of the right or the extremist pro-Israel movement, but also a firm statement in defense of Muslims against rightwing Christian fanaticism.
Rabie appeared on Talk of the Town Radio on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast on www.YahalaVoice.com on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. The one hour weekly radio program is hosted by award winning Chicago journalist Ray Hanania, managing editor of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com.
Rabie details the challenges facing Christians in the Middle East and the obligation of Muslims to fight for Christian Arab rights, especially the disappearing Palestinian Christians. Rabie argues that if Palestinian Christians, now less than 2 percent of the population in the Holy Land, vanish, it will mean the end of any hopes for peace.
Rabie and Hanania also discuss the importance of using Christian Arabs as a conduit between understanding the Israeli injustices against the Palestinian people by Israel and education the American public, which is predominantly Christians. Sadly, many American Christians are not really Christians and they have abandoned both the true Christians who live in the Middle East and the fundamental religious tenets of Christianity.
Click here to view stories on The Arab Daily News about rightwing extremist U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Click here to read Sir Rateb Rabie’s article entitled “Palestinian Christians: An Identity Theft in Western Society” published on the HCEF.org website.
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RAY HANANIA — Op-Ed writer, author, radio host, podcaster
Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 at the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
Hanania is the US Special Correspondent for the Arab News Newspaper, covering Middle East and Arab American issues. He writes for the Southwest News newspaper group writing on mainstream American issues.