Arab Radio: Ray Hanania and Ali Younes on Arabs running for Congress in 2020
Broadcast on 11-08-19 live on WNZK AM 690 Radio in Detroit, Michigan and podcast at TheArabStreet,org.
Ray Hanania, Special US Correspondent for the Arab News Newspaper, and Ali Younes, reporter with AlJazeera, discuss the various Arab Americans who are running either for re-election to Congress such as Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and Justin Amash, or who are running to win office such as Omar Campa-Najjar and Rush Darwish.
We dig into the race in the Illinois 3rd Congressional District held by incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski who is being challenge by Marie Newman, who almost beat Lipinski in March 2018, and is running again in the March 17, 2020 Democratic Primary. Also in the race is Rush Darwish, a Palestinian American who has been attacked by the pro-Israel anti-Arab Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. Also in the race is Abe Matthew.
And we talk about Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Palestinian running for office in California. Campa-Najjar, 28, never met his grandfather, Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar, who died in 1973 along with his wife (Campa-Najjar’s grandmother) when they were targeted by an Israeli kill-squad. Campa-Najjar’s grandfather was one of the planners of the massacre of Israelis at the Munich Olympics in 1972, before Campa-Najjar was even born. The Republican he is challenging has been accused of corruption. Campa-Najjar is half Mexican American (on his mother’s side) and half Palestinian but the Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter. By Campa-Najjar has strong support from Democrats and came close to defeating Hunter in 2018.
We also discuss the turbulent candidacy of Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and the candidacy of Ilhan Omar in Minnesota.
For more information on the Radio show visit Ray Hanania’s website at www.Hanania.com.
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. 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.
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