Category Archives: The Human Condition

The religious meaning of ambiguity and God

Aretha Franklin Sings of God and Freedom

by James M. Wall In the retirement community where we live, I work with a committee to select, promote, and show feature films each Sunday night. We draw from new releases, classics, and films evoking memories of the past, old and … Continue reading

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Living Through a Nightmare “With a Little Help from My Friends”

by James M. Wall A close friend took note of the scarcity of recent Wall Writings. I told him I was living in a nightmare in which two world figures hold the power to plunge us into an even darker … Continue reading

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Land of Opportunity for Testing Weapo

by James M. Wall Fifty years after the June 5-10, 1967, Six Day War, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people offers a business opportunity for some, and massive oppression for others. We will begin with the business opportunity, as it … Continue reading

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“For I was in prison and you visited me not’”

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United Methodists Target Guilty Banks, Not Israel

by James M. Wall The $20.9-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund of the United Methodist Church has placed Israel’s five largest banks off limits for investment, placing them on what The New York Times terms the church’s “black list”. The denomination’s … Continue reading

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Bibi’s Israel Remains “Settler Colonialist” State

by James M. Wall Jewish author Ilan Pappe points to three significant outcomes emerging from Bibi Netanyahu’s victory in Israel’s 2015 Knesset elections: An invigorated Likud, a defeated Labor Party, and a united Palestinian representation. Score two for the settler colonialist state, Israel, and … Continue reading

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Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

by James M. Wall Reality crashed down on those who had hoped the March 17 Knesset elections might lead to a more moderate future Israeli leadership. The election returns brought the news, Benjamin Netanyahu had won again. He won in large part … Continue reading

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“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

Posted in Gaza, Human Rights, Israel, Media, Middle East, Middle East Politics, Palestinians, Religious Faith, USA | 9 Comments

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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