Category Archives: Media

The Smells of Gaza and New Jersey

by James M. Wall Richard Ford’s latest novel, Let Me Be Frank With You, begins when Frank Bascombe drives into a suburb of Haddam, a New Jersey town recently destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  Frank had been a real estate salesman in the community. … 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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U.S. Arms Deal Will Increase Israel’s Kill Power

by James M. Wall In October of this year, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon came to Washington to visit with his counterpart,  U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  He asked for visits with other U.S. leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden.  The … 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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U.S. Leaders: “Listen to this Irish Senator”

by James M. Wall Irish Senator Averil Power (at right) stood before the Senate of Ireland this week and offered a motion which calls for the Irish Government to: “formally recognize the State of Palestine and do everything it can at … Continue reading

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Bibi Knows “where the spots formerly were”

by James M. Wall  In the Damon Runyon-inspired Guys and Dolls, a movie musical tale of “gangsters, gamblers and dolls”, Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra, left) descends to the sewers of New York with Big Julie, a gambler from Chicago. Big Julie … Continue reading

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

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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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