Monthly Archives: May 2012

Will Elections Penetrate Israel’s “Impenetrable, Dangerous, Ideological Shield”?

by James M. Wall It has been 25 years since Jewish historian, and Israeli critic, Simha Flapan, described the dominant narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his 1987 book, The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities. Even though Israel has … Continue reading

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The Incompatibility of Nakba and Neutrality

by James M. Wall Neve Gordon, a 47-year-old Israeli-born professor and author, greeted this year’s 64th anniversary of the Nakba with an essay for CounterPunch that included this revealing confession: I first heard about the Nakba in the late 1980s, … Continue reading

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Your Hard-Earned US Tax Dollars and Church Pension Funds at Work for Israel (With Update)

by James M. Wall Monday Update:   Hunger strike agreement reached BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Detainees on Monday signed a deal with the Israeli prison authority to end their mass hunger strike, officials told Ma’an. Prisoner representatives from each of the … 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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