Ikhras and KabobFest hate sites fake up more emails against pro-peace moderates
The attacks are the latest in a series of slanderous namecalling by the two activists who have targeted Hanania because his wife is Jewish and he supports compromise based on two-states.
"I am proud of the fact that I have spent 35 years defending the rights of Palestinians, Arabs, Christian and Muslim Arabs, and also standing up for the rights of Jews and in doing so I recognize that I am going to be attacked by fanatics on all sides," Hanania said. "The writers at Ikhras and KabobFest and no-talent failed activists who have never done one important or significant thing to help the Palestinian people, to defend the rights of Muslims and Arabs or to support peace.
Hanania compared the hatred of al-Arabi, Lufti, Ikhras and KabobFest to the hatred displayed by New York Congressman Peter King who is hosting anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hate hearings in Washington D.C. targeting Arabs and Muslims in America.
"There is no doubt that Thabit al-Arabi and Qasim Lufti are driven by anti-Semitism. It's throughout their writing. But they also have engaged in anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim slander, attacking me repeatedly with false claims and namecalling and anti-Arab adjectives to bolster what they call 'fun and satire'," Hanania said in a statement in response to the continued Ikhras hate crime attacks.
"Every time they post an attack, I respond here. It doesn't matter if the attacks are from Ikhras or from KabobFest, the two blogs are basically coordinated by the same group of haters and fanatics. They hate the fact that I challenge in a very loud voice in widely distributed and read columns their kind of extremism, and extremism that is intended to keep the Palestinian refugees in their suffering and destitution in order that they might exploit it for their own personal benefit."
Hanania added, "Neither web site cares about accuracy or truth. They have lied about everything from the start and used terrible, often inarticulately constructed namecalling to attack me. That's the best they can do and while it is entertaining, it is tragic that a group of Arabs would spend all their energy attacking other Arabs -- not just me. They show how incapable they are in confronting the Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people. They claim to care for the Palestinians but in reality, they don't because none of their energies are spent defending Palestinians."
Hanania said that the two web sites constantly fabricate lies as a means of continuing their more than two year long attack on Hanania because of his political views.
"The bottom line is they are Hamas supporters who oppose freedoms for any secular Muslims or Christian Arabs. That and their hatred of Jews is driving all of their writing. I'd tell you to read their blogs at Ikhras and KabobFest but the hatred is so ugly it's really not worth reading," Hanania said.
"Their attacks don't bother me in the slightest. I'm happy to respond to their lies with satire and accuracy and responses that expose them for who they are," Hanania said.
The only anti-Arab phrases used in this back and forth have been by Ikhras and KabobFest.
"That's what they do. That's the only talent they have," Hanania said.
"Everything they have published are lies as usual. I am especially proud of the MANY awards of I have received for journalism including being nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for a Four Part Series defending the rights of Palestinians during the first Intifada. It's something I am very proud of doing, writing a story in the 1990s that was never told before that time in an American newspaper. It's the kind of writing you won't find at the hate sites Ikhras and KabobFest," Hanania said.
-- Maklooba Man