Category Archives: Middle East

20 Years After The Dark Day Rabin Was Killed

1. Hyphenating
Shlaim, an Iraqi-born British Israeli historian,
–I would personally hyphenate this, or actually use a slash (/), but the Chicago Manual differs:
8.38Compound nationalities
Whether terms such as African American, Italian American, Chinese American, and the like should be spelled open or hyphenated has been the subject of considerable controversy, the hyphen being regarded by some as suggestive of bias. Chicago doubts that hyphenation represents bias, but since the hyphen does not aid comprehension in such terms as those mentioned above, it may be omitted unless a particular publisher requires it.

–This also applies to adjectival phrases

2. Spacing:

Rabin reached that conclusion after a long military and political career. Shlaim explains:

–one space should be deleted

3. Alternate spellings

“the Oslo accord of September 13, 1993 and the hesitant handshake with Yasser Arafat on the lawn of the White House.”

–If this is a direct quote, Yasser is OK; later you use Yasir

–also, I usually see Accord capitalized, but if it’s this way in the quote, it can stay

4. More about quotes

Instead, Rabin’s assassination led to the rise of successive right-wing Israeli governments

–above, “rightwing” is used in a quote, but that should also be left as is

5. caps

ceding most of the occupied territories to the Palestinians,

–I would capitalize this phrase, unless it’s a direct quote
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Israel’s False History Is Exposed, Then Embraced

by James M. Wall MSNBC, the PEP (Progressive Except for Palestine) cable network, stumbled into the glaring light of truth on an October 15 broadcast. In-house MSNBC guardians of Israel’s false narrative must have been on a coffee break when … Continue reading

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Israel’s Colonial Creep Has Echoes in Texas

By James M. Wall Israeli riot police are shown above “maintaining peace” at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound. This picture was taken on March 8, 2013, during “clashes” between Palestinian defenders and Jews who claim they only want to pray on land … Continue reading

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Obama Defeats Netanyahu In Iran Accord Battle

by James M. Wall Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2015: Benjamin Netanyahu’s AIPAC-controlled U.S. minions lost their battle to destroy President Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran and the P1-5 world powers. A final, crucial vote was announced when Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) became … Continue reading

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House Members In Israel for Obama-Bashing

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Isaiah 21:6: “Go Set a Watchman”

by James M. Wall Harper “Nelle” Lee, now 89, has published a second book. Her first, To Kill a Mockingbird, is considered a classic of American literature. Her second, Go Set a Watchman, arrives this week as a timely gift. It reaches readers as our … Continue reading

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UCC Says No to Occupation, Votes 80% to Divest

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Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

by James M. Wall Stanford University professor David Palumbo-Liu alerted his Salon readers to a “secret” meeting held last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada:  If you did not know that this weekend some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world … Continue reading

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Bibi Coalition Echoes Groucho’s “Duck Soup”

by James M. Wall The Times of Israel, Israel’s leading right wing newspaper, can usually be counted on to lead the cheers for any Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli government. Not this time. After his recent narrow election victory Netanyahu turned to a right wing collection … Continue reading

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Bibi and 47 Senators Strike Dark Discordant Note

by James M. Wall A week before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s March 3 campaign speech to the U.S. Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry warned the Congress that the Israeli leader was up to his old tricks. Not only did the Israeli … Continue reading

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