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About wallwritings

James M. Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Jim launched this new personal blog April 24, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to jameswall8@gmail.com Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years.

“Salt and Water” As A German Leader is Rejected

by James M. Wall Ma’an reported Thursday that a general strike has begun in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.  As part of the strike, Palestinians shut down their shops and businesses in solidarity with the more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners … Continue reading

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An Irish Writer and a US Scholar Walk Into a Bar

by James M. Wall The Irish writer is Eimear McBride. The scholar is a fellow named Chas Freeman. They did not actually walk into a bar together. Most likely they have never met. But they are soul-mates. Chas and Eimear have … Continue reading

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Trump at The Movies: “Put an Amen to It”

by James M. Wall A raid has killed members of a frontier family. Ethan Edwards, portrayed by an angry, unforgiving John Wayne, was secretly in love with one of the victims. The quick burial in a nearby hillside cemetery is … Continue reading

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This Israeli Memoir Will Shake Up Jewish Liberals

by James M. Wall Larry Derfner’s memoir, No Country for Jewish Liberals, is must reading for anyone even slightly interested in the “issue” of Palestine and Israel. Read it before he arrives at a location near you. The author is expected … Continue reading

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A “New Sheriff in Town” Is Kicking Up Her Heels

by James M. Wall Nikki Haley, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, (right) was greeted as a rock star at this year’s AIPAC Washington Conference. The former governor of South Carolina wowed the crowd of 19,000, in an on-stage interview … Continue reading

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Israel’s Apartheid Elephant Is Still in the Room

ESCWA, for its part, took steps to ensure that the report lived up to scholarly standards, submitting the draft text to three prominent international jurists, who anonymously submitted strong positive appraisals along with some suggestions for revision, which we gratefully incorporated before the final text was released. For government officials and others to dismiss our report as a biased polemic is irresponsible, with respect both to the authority of the UN and to international law. Continue reading

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The Political History Behind Trump’s Curtain

by James M. Wall Writing in the current issue of In These Times, American History scholar Theo Anderson follows the modern political conservative movement’s rise to power from the founding of the Heritage Foundation in 1973 through Donald Trump’s inauguration … Continue reading

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Bibi Blocks BDS Backers At Israel’s Borders

by James M. Wall On Monday, March 6, the Israeli Knesset passed a travel ban which strongly resembles a U.S. travel ban scheduled to go into effect the middle of next week. The U.S. ban is a second effort by the Trump White … Continue reading

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The NFL Star Who Refused to Shine For Israel

by James M. Wall When I learned of the courageous decision made recently by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, I remembered my 1973 trip to Israel. Bennett (right) made headlines when he pulled out of an Israeli government-sponsored trip to Israel designed … Continue reading

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Trump Delivers “A Deportation Force on Steroids”

by James M. Wall In response to a question about Antisemitism, President Trump summarized his answer with one of his typical non sequitur closings: “you’re going to see a whole lotta love.” What we are getting from Trump is not even remotely … Continue reading

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