My Column at the Arab News: Israel’s dual justice
By Ray Hanania
A good example of the disparity is in the different ways Israel’s government handled the prosecutions of two people, a Jewish soldiers who murdered an injured Palestinian civilian in cold blood and an Arab Israeli “citizen” and member of the Knesset who helped Palestinian political prisoners who were denied access to their family members.
Here are the stories of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria who murdered, in cold blood, a Palestinian civilian accused of a crime but never given the right of judicial review by Israel. And, Israeli Arab Knesset member Basel Ghattas (Jittas) who was accused of helping Palestinian political prisoners who were being denied the right to communicate with their families.
You can click here to read the column in the Arab News where I wrote every week addressing civil rights issues in Israel and the Arab World, and discrimination against Arabs in America.
What many people hate to hear is that Israel’s government imposes a system of racist justice against non-Jews, who are Muslim and Christian. Ghattas is a Christian from the Israeli occupied city of Nazareth where Christians are persecuted.
It’s amazing to me that Christians in America are so silent and uneducated about the continued suffering of Christians in the Holy Land imposed by violence from Israel’s racist settlers and military.
It’s not all Israelis or Israeli Jews who engage in racism. But the country’s government applies a dual system of justice based on racism. Racism by a government is called “Apartheid.”
Israelis hate that word but if they don’t want to hear it, stop using it!
(Ray Hanania writes each week in the Arab News in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. Visit ArabNews.com for more columns. Email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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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.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
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.
The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.
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