Category Archives: Religious Faith

The U.S. Cannot Resuscitate What Never Lived

by James M. Wall The game must go on. John Kerry performs his negotiator role. Benjamin Netanyahu goes through his role as the leader of an “endangered” state. Mahmoud Abbas? Well, he (at right) is just sitting by at the peace table, with … Continue reading

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“Lest We Forget” The Day Rachel Corrie Died

by James M. Wall Rachel Corrie was killed March 16, 2003, by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with an American-built Caterpillar bulldozer. Eleven years later, March 16, 2014, on the anniversary of her death, Rachel Corrie (right) will be remembered … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Judah L. Magnes Lives On

by James M. Wall A New York Times column, A Conflict of Faith:  Devoted to Jewish Observance, but at Odds With Israel,” opens with an interview with Orthodox Jewish scholar Charles H. Manekin. In his column, Mark Oppenheimer describes Professor Manekin as a “rarity”, an apt … Continue reading

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What Ike Feared “Has Come Upon Us”

by James M. Wall On February 3, Illinois Sixth District Republican Congressman Peter Roskam introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that would defend Israel against any criticism from U.S. academics. Roskam is responding to the December, 2013 vote of the American … Continue reading

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Netanyahu’s “Shibboleths” Scuttle Peace Talks

by James M. Wall “No partner for peace” is one of several “shibboleths” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and his cabinet are now using to scuttle any peace agreement with President Mahmoud Abbas, no matter how often U.S. Secretary of … Continue reading

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Iran And The Season of Peace and Goodwill

by James M. Wall This is the season which celebrates the hope of peace and good will among humankind. The New Testament testifies to this hope in Luke 2:8-20. “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in … Continue reading

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Cardoza Law School Ignores Dershowitz To Honor Jimmy Carter

by James M. Wall Despite vicious opposition from the Alan Dershowitz conservative wing of the American Jewish community, Cardoza Law School honored former President Jimmy Carter April 10, for his career of work on peace and conflict resolution. The International Advocate … Continue reading

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What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul

by James M. Wall When the gavel fell on the Episcopalian convention, July 10, three major U.S. Protestant denominations had formally ended their 2012 discussions on how much religious support they were willing to give Palestinians under occupation. The most charitable answer … Continue reading

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Pro-Divestment Presbyterians Win By Losing

by James M. Wall Do you really want to know what happened at the just-concluded 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian U.S.A. denomination? As a veteran watcher of Protestant church political struggles, I urge you to remember that neither the cross … Continue reading

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Presbyterians Next Up for Divestment Vote

by James M. Wall  (Two Israeli soldiers guard Palestinian children in Hebron.) Jimmy Carter wrote a New York Times op-ed piece this week, A Cruel and Unusual Record, which states flatly: “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human … Continue reading

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