Category Archives: United Methodist Church

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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PCUSA Tries Again to Divest From Occupation

by James M. Wall The Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA) is holding its biennial national General Assembly this week in Detroit, Michigan (June 14-21). A number of overtures (resolutions) will be debated and voted on during the Assembly by 654 commissioners (elected representatives). One overture … 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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Israeli Aggression Leaves Little Hope for Peace

by James M. Wall The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. That conflict began on July 28, 1914. It did not end until November 11, 1918. Keep those dates in mind because … Continue reading

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Have Church/State Leaders Endorsed Injustice?

by James M. Wall The two political leaders pictured here are U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Middle East Quartet Representative and former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair. The two men are walking next to a wall at the … Continue reading

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What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul

by James M. Wall When the gavel fell on the Episcopalian convention, July 10, three major U.S. Protestant denominations had formally ended their 2012 discussions on how much religious support they were willing to give Palestinians under occupation. The most charitable answer … Continue reading

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Presbyterians Next Up for Divestment Vote

by James M. Wall  (Two Israeli soldiers guard Palestinian children in Hebron.) Jimmy Carter wrote a New York Times op-ed piece this week, A Cruel and Unusual Record, which states flatly: “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human … Continue reading

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Methodists Boycott Settlement Products

by James M. Wall By a vote of 558 to 367, a strong majority of lay and clerical delegates to the United Methodist General Conference called this week for a boycott of Israeli companies operating in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The resolution … Continue reading

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Methodists Delay Vote Until Later This Week

by James M. Wall The United Methodist Church has delayed a vote on a resolution on divestment from three US companies which “aid and abet”* Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The vote was initially set for Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Methodists Face Moment of Occupation Truth

by James M. Wall The mainstream media does not know it, and far too many high steeple church folk do not want to know it. But in Tampa, Florida, this week, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church will … Continue reading

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