Category Archives: The Human Condition

The religious meaning of ambiguity and God

Village Destruction in the Jordan Valley

by James M. Wall British journalist and author Victoria Brittain traveled to the Jordan Valley to see the actual conditions and latest developments in one of the areas under discussion in the peace negotiations John Kerry is conducting between Israel and the … Continue reading

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Mandela Had “A Unique Moral Authority”

by James M. Wall Nelson Mandela died at his Johannesburg home on December 5. The man who led South Africa out of the bondage of national apartheid, died at the age of 95. The world has responded with an outpouring … Continue reading

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“One Day Ramallah Will Rise Up”

by James M. Wall “One Day Ramallah Will Rise Up” is the title of a current column by the provocative Ha’aretz writer, Gideon Levy. During this same week, Uri Avnery, another Israeli provocateur, entitled his Gush Shalom column, “The Human Spring”. … Continue reading

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“Poor George, he can’t help it . . .”

by James M. Wall “Poor George, he can’t help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” This memorable line from future Texas Governor Ann Richards was aimed at soon-to-be President George H. W. Bush. It … Continue reading

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Kerry Delays Orwellian Trip to Middle East

by James M. Wall Secretary of State John Kerry has delayed his fifth “peace process” trip to Israel/Palestine. The Secretary will remain in Washington to attend strategy sessions on Syria. The delay in starting his fifth trip should give Kerry time … Continue reading

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Hawking Stuns Israel With Conference Boycott

by James M. Wall University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking stunned Israel last week with his announcement that he would boycott the fifth annual Israeli Presidential Conference, scheduled to be held in Jerusalem, June 18-20. Hawking was responding to an incongruity: … Continue reading

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At Boston Interfaith Service, Obama Calls for Justice and Compassion

by James M. Wall (UPDATE BELOW) A Boston Marathon Interfaith memorial service, “Healing Our City”, was held at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday, April 18. It was a service that concluded with remarks delivered by President Barack Obama. The … Continue reading

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“The fate of human dignity is in our hands.”

by James M. Wall Writing for both Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Peter Beinart used a surprising phrase to describe how President Obama plans to deal with the Israel/Palestine issue during his second term. Beinart took his clue from the … Continue reading

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Five Years and Counting: Israel Creates and Manages Its “Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza”

by James M. Wall Drawing from a report by Save the Children, Electronic Intifada’s Managing Editor Maureen Clare Murphy, describes what she correctly terms, Israel’s managed “humanitarian crisis in Gaza”. A humanitarian crisis that is managed? Wait a minute; “managing” … Continue reading

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Dennis Ross Resigns As Middle East Advisor

by James M. Wall After working for five US presidents, Dennis Ross has resigned his position as President Obama’s chief Middle East advisor. Presidents Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama, all arrived at the White House determined to recast … Continue reading

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