Category Archives: The Human Condition

The religious meaning of ambiguity and God

“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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“Anti-Massacree Movement” In London

By James M. Wall Near the end of Arlo Guthrie’s classic 1967 folk tale, Alice’s Restaurant, Guthrie sings these words: “Can you imagine, three people walking in singing a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out, they may think it’s an organization. … Continue reading

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“We want to exchange personal experiences, Sir.”

by James M. Wall The personal report that begins below, first appeared in the website, Mondoweiss.  This report conveys the horror of war experienced by young Palestinian college students in Gaza during recent summer weeks of unrelenting and vicious attacks by Israel. … Continue reading

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Palestinian Children Have No Iron Dome

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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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The Demonization of an American Soldier

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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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Unity Agreement Evokes Israeli-U.S. Threats

by James M. Wall We all remember the schoolyard bully, the girl or boy who set the rules and forced the rest of us to play by those rules, enforced by threats of the loss of backpacks and lunch money. … Continue reading

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It Is Time to Bury the “Honest Broker” Deception

A couple of possilble corrections for the 21st column:

Benjamin Netanyahu and his robotic allies in the U.S. congress Congress

The New York Times, which favors same sex marriages almost as much as it favors Israel
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