Category Archives: Religious Faith

Bishops: Divestment Not in our “Best Interests”

by James M. Wall The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops on Thursday condemned the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) strategy.  The bishops spoke the language of the market place. They made no effort to theologically justify their condemnation. Instead, they were … Continue reading

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“What Happens to a Dream Deferred?”

by James M. Wall What happens to a dream deferred?  The question comes from Langston Hughes’ poem, Harlem, which inspired Lorraine Hansberry to write her drama, A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced … Continue reading

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Obama “Preacher In Chief” at Prayer Breakfast

by James M. Wall President Obama’s speech at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast February 5, was not a speech. It was a sermon. “Those fortunate to see the speech witnessed President Obama as Preacher in Chief.” This critique was rendered … Continue reading

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“Something Rotten in the State of Israel”

by James M. Wall Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the Palestinian Authority will join the International Criminal Court (ICC), a long overdue action which potentially could bring the state of Israel to an international courtroom at the Hague. Al Jazeera reported that “Palestinian … Continue reading

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“A Taboo on Telling the Truth About Palestine”

By James M. Wall Psalm 2:3 is sung in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah before the arrival of the triumphant Hallelujah chorus, when audiences rise to their feet, following the tradition set by England’s King George II at the Oratorio’s first London performance. Handel’s Sacred … Continue reading

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“Dahiya” Author Eisenkott Named Next IDF Chief

by James M. Wall Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced this week that on February 15, 2015, Major General Gadi Eisenkott (right) will be sworn in as Chief of Staff of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). General Eisenkott is well-known in Israel … Continue reading

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A Circle of Violence: Deir Yassin to Har Nof

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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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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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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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