Category Archives: Middle East

Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?

by James M. Wall Cease fire talks between Israel and Hamas have been extended for an additional five days. The extension in the talks was made possible because the Gaza Palestinians are standing firm in their humanitarian demand that Israel lift the … Continue reading

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Hamas Cease Fire Terms Could Lead to “Normalcy”

Late Friday night, the House of Representatives took up a Senate bill that would allocate $225 million in additional funds to Israel’s “Iron Dome.” The bill passed 395-8 without any debate. Continue reading

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Israel “Defends” Itself By “Mowing the Grass”

By James M. Wall Once every two years or so, depending on the U.S. and Israeli strategic and political calendars, Israel, the fourth largest military power in the world, descends on Gaza to “mow the grass”. That obscene phrase, used … Continue reading

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Palestinian Boy Burned to Death

by James M. Wall The headline for Jodi Rudoren’s July 5 New York Times story captures the ugly report in all of its appalling harshness. “Autopsy Suggests Palestinian Teenager Was Burned to Death After Abduction” The picture at right, from the New York … Continue reading

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PCUSA Divests from Occupation Support Firms

by James M. Wall Ten years after the start of their divestment campaign against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and people, the Presbyterian Church (USA) anti-occupation forces have finally removed that denomination’s funds from the occupation. In their 221st biennial General Assembly Friday, … Continue reading

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PCUSA Tries Again to Divest From Occupation

by James M. Wall The Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA) is holding its biennial national General Assembly this week in Detroit, Michigan (June 14-21). A number of overtures (resolutions) will be debated and voted on during the Assembly by 654 commissioners (elected representatives). One overture … Continue reading

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What the Pope Did Not Say

by James M. Wall It is what the Pope did not say that should disturb the world. The Turkish World Bulletin’s New Desk  points to crucial words missing from his Holy Land Papal trip May 25-26: “Although the Pope has prayed at … Continue reading

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Israel Hides Behind its Own Special “Catch 22″

by James M. Wall Following yet another round of failed peace talks, Palestinian leaders  have seized the initiative to create their own future. Knowing that Israel has consistently demonstrated no interest in reaching a peace accord, Palestinian leaders defied pressure from … Continue reading

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“Zionism Unsettled”: Neither False Nor Misguided

by James M. Wall The battle has begun over Zionism Unsettled. The Christian Century opened round one by publishing an attack on Zionism Unsettled, a study guide developed for the study of Zionism, a secular ideology formed in the 19th century, which has … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Tapes

by James M. Wall UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29 Two tapes have surfaced in recent days. Thereby hangs a modern tale of the “best of times and the worst of times”. It is a bit of a stretch to use Charles Dickens to … Continue reading

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