Category Archives: Middle East Politics

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 Children Have No Iron Dome

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Israel Destroys Gaza Home for Handicapped

by James M. Wall On the sixth day of its asymmetrical war against Gaza, Israel destroyed a home for the handicapped in Beit Lahiya, killing two handicapped residents, and wounding three others, including the caretaker. The destruction of the home came on an early Saturday … 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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“When First We Practice to Deceive”

by James M. Wall “Oh what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive.” These words from Sir Walter Scott (1808) describe the political template of the modern state of Israel. Israel is a nation built on … 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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Searching for Justice In Church and On Campus

by James M. Wall In less than two weeks, elected representatives of the Presbyterian Church USA, will gather in Detroit, Michigan, June 14-21, for their biennial General Assembly. Meeting in solemn assembly, they will debate and vote, again, on how best … Continue reading

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What the Pope Did Not Say

by James M. Wall It is what the Pope did not say that should disturb the world. The Turkish World Bulletin’s New Desk  points to crucial words missing from his Holy Land Papal trip May 25-26: “Although the Pope has prayed at … Continue reading

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Israel Hides Behind its Own Special “Catch 22″

by James M. Wall Following yet another round of failed peace talks, Palestinian leaders  have seized the initiative to create their own future. Knowing that Israel has consistently demonstrated no interest in reaching a peace accord, Palestinian leaders defied pressure from … Continue reading

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“Zionism Unsettled”: Neither False Nor Misguided

by James M. Wall The battle has begun over Zionism Unsettled. The Christian Century opened round one by publishing an attack on Zionism Unsettled, a study guide developed for the study of Zionism, a secular ideology formed in the 19th century, which has … Continue reading

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