Category Archives: Middle East

Abbas To UN: “End This Settlement Occupation”

by James M. Wall On Friday, September 26, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly, “The time has come to end this settlement occupation.” The New York Times described Abbas as “visibly enraged” when he spoke to the General … Continue reading

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A Fan Base Lament: “Say it ain’t so, Senator”

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U.S. Fear/War Mongers Win This Round

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Did Israel Have the “Right” to Kill This Child?

by James M. Wall  “Israel has the right to defend itself” was the Orwellian doublespeak Israel used to justify its latest invasion of Gaza, carried out at the same time as its under-reported increased military action inside the West Bank. President Obama, eagerly joined by … Continue reading

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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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