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James 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. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over the years, including politics, cinema, media, American culture, and the political struggles in the Middle East. He has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat's 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election. He has interviewed, and written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region.
Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Was the Brexit Vote "Good for the Jews"?
It is no surprise that on both sides of the Atlantic, tribal media from all persuasions responded to the surprising Brexit vote with the Jewish mother's question, "is it good for us?" Robert Parry writes in Consortium News, that the June 23 Brexit vote to exit the EU by the margin of 52% to 48%, could be good news for the powerless.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 It's Still The Occupation, Stupid
Muslim hatred and bigotry, now so prominent in our post-Orlando era, is rooted in that occupation. Respect for domestic and international law cannot be restored without ending that occupation. Justice for all demands the end of that occupation. Start by naming its name in the 2016 Democratic party platform.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016(1 comments)
Clinton Needs Only 199 Supers to Win Nomination
Sanders' final, and almost futile hope, is to keep Clinton from adding at least, her necessary 199 unpledged delegates to her current delegate total. For Sanders to "flip" promissory unpledged votes relies entirely on his argument that he would be the better candidate against the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016(2 comments)
Sanders' Dream Team, The Platform and Palestine
Sanders did not suddenly gain his "new power." A candidate still in the race for the nomination, with earned delegates, is entitled to an allocated percentage of committee seats. Contrary to the Post, Sanders was not "given unprecedented say over the Democratic Party platform." He earned those committee seats by winning delegates.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016(1 comments)
United Methodists Answer: "What Does It Profit?"
This year the Methodists went back to their Jim Crow roots and voted by a huge majority to increase Methodist dollars within Israeli settlements through the profits of three U.S. corporations. Not a very pleasant thought: Clergy retirement funds underwriting an illegal military occupation.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016(4 comments)
Israeli General: Holocaust Signs "Among Us Today"
Major General Golan, now 54, is a veteran IDF leader. He assumed command of the Israel Northern Command in July, 2011. He became IDF Deputy Chief of General Staff in December 2014. In his speech, he said, "Woe to us if we lose our way from our hallowed values that have accompanied us for generations. Compromising these values may well create a slippery slope to the abyss."
Thursday, May 12, 2016(2 comments)
Hillary's "Miracle in the Desert" Is Bad Decision
Clinton or Trump? Clinton has far more experience and is no stranger to how Washington and the world work. She is the clear choice. But we have to encourage her to stop with the bad judgment calls. Clinton is virtually certain to win the Democratic nomination. She certainly has made her case for her support for Israel to her Jewish funders and voters for the general election. That box has been checked many times.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 "Supine Compliance with Israel's Narrative"
With her focus already on reelection in 2020, Clinton will have to remind her good friend Bibi Netanyahu that she would like to raise his annual military budget another billion or so. But, she would have to say, "Sorry Bibi. You know I still have these Sanders people watching me. If I am not careful, they will be back in 2020 with Bernie or someone else threatening my quest to serve eight-years."
Thursday, April 28, 2016 Hawkish Hillary Clinton Prefers the Big Stick
Now that Sanders is essentially out of the nomination race, Clinton has no one pushing her leftward. That push will have to come from progressives who will need to do their pushing in the General Election campaign through public and social media. Voices for peace will be heard.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016(2 comments)
"It Was The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
On the international scene, Israel hides behind its ancient biblical name to build and sustain a military dictatorship which occupies and controls another people, not like them.
Israel has its loyalists hidden within our institutions to promote the myth of its goodness, which disguises its quest for power. We are easily seduced.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 WH Campaign Shields Israel's Occupation Ferocity
Hillary Clinton, a United Methodist member since her childhood, has pledged to work to stop BDS agitation if she is elected. In Truthdig, Sandy Toland reports that with Saban's $6.4 million destined for her campaign war chest, Clinton wrote to her benefactor to express her "alarm" over BDS, "seeking your thoughts and recommendations" to "work together to counter BDS."
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Secretary Clinton's Big Money Burden
Both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have many wealthy donor friends who obviously benefit her campaign coffers and their Clinton Foundation. This is a burden she must carry as she struggles to win votes in the coming primaries and caucuses, and, she hopes, the November general election.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016(7 comments)
The Day Obama Chose Peace Over War
President Obama opposed the 2003 Iraq invasion launched by President George W Bush. He told Goldberg that invasion "should have taught Democratic interventionists like Clinton, who had voted for its authorization, the dangers of doing stupid [things]."
Wednesday, March 23, 2016(1 comments)
Hillary, Bernie, AIPAC: A Stone Cries Out
Stones cry out to deliver a message when others remain silent. Stones cry out with messages of last resort in the hope the words will penetrate the shields surrounding those who remain stubbornly oblivious to reality. Candidate Bernie Stone did not attend the AIPAC conference. He sent his eponymous message which he also delivered at a campaign event.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016(3 comments)
Vulnerabilities Tested As Clinton Keeps Winning
Assuming Clinton has locked up her party's nomination, she could not have asked for a better sparring partner than Sanders to prepare her for her main bout in November. Sanders, of course, still believes he would be a better nominee than Clinton. He plans to continue to persuade voters to give him that responsibility. Buckle up, it is going to be a wild ride to the two conventions, and beyond.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Questions From Israel: How and Why Trump?
Will a Clinton-Trump November race produce a winning establishment candidate named Clinton, or will passion provoked by fears produce a winner named Trump? That is a question to ponder. There are still primaries and caucuses and two conventions ahead before we reach November 8. On that date, voters must decide who best to lead this nation in a time when so many are gripped in a "quiet dread."
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Trump Success Born and Raised In Fear and Hate
Donald Trump has emerged as an even more threatening nightmare to both political parties. It is a nightmare which will only grow in intensity. Trump's success is rooted in the political toxins of fear and hate, symbiotic emotions generated by a political process whose dominant generating force is the manic desire to gain power and control wealth.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016(1 comments)
Do Surprises Await Outside the MSM Frame?
What will be the right thing to do on November 8? As the kid in the back seat keeps asking, "are we there yet?" Absolutely not. The journey ahead is filled with turns and dips before each individual voter finally decides, driven by heart and/or head, preferably both.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Hillary or Bernie? I'm With My Friends
Which of the two candidates is best prepared to negotiate a foreign policy in the best interest of a war-weary American public, and at the same time, is in the best interest of war-weary nations saddled with the empirical militaristic policies of successive U.S. administrations?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016(4 comments)
Sanders First Jewish Politician To Win A Primary
Sanders has never made an issue of his ethnic heritage. The mainstream media is skittish when discussing Jewish religion and ethnicity. Journalists (and politicians) live with the perpetual fear of being branded anti-semitic if they stumble when crossing the verbal minefield of Jewishness in public life.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2016 U.S. Politics Envisioned by Groucho Marx
The attention just lavished on Iowa February 1, is relatively new. Iowa as a political phenomenon did not burst into the nation's consciousness until 1975 when a former Georgia governor arrived in the state with a wide smile and a friendly greeting, "Hi, my name is Jimmy Carter."
Tuesday, January 26, 2016(1 comments)
Discerning "Signs of the Times" in Iowa and Israel
Which 2016 political signs are there for discernment? For voters concerned about guns, ISIS, God, wages, and health care, signs abound. But don't look for signs to discern the end of Israel's continued military control over the people of Palestine. There are none. Unless, that is, the total absence of signs, is a sign in itself.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Time To "Keep Singing" to UMC Church Leaders
People who live a lie that so completely contradicts their religious tradition will not voluntarily give up that lie. It was true in South Africa; it was true in my native South and it is most certainly true in Israel today.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 United Methodists Target Guilty Banks, Not Israel
No matter what Benjamin Netanyahu tells you, the UMC action is not directed at the modern state of Israel. What the UMC Pension Fund has done is follow its methodically developed plan which specifically targets Israeli corporations the church deems guilty of the "human rights violations" of Israel's occupation of Palestinian land and citizens.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016(1 comments)
Duma Murders Expose Israel's "Mindless Violence"
Fewer and fewer voices in Israel are willing to acknowledge their government's role in allowing Israel's disintegration as a moral society. The way ahead is clear. Israel's supporters in the U.S. bear as much responsible for Israel's "mindless violence" as those who practice that violence. We are the enablers.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 "Know Nothings" Could Deliver Clinton Vs. Trump
It will get ugly. Trump has promised, for example, that Bill Clinton's conduct that led to his impeachment proceedings, will be fair game. The Clintons will fight back with whatever mud they are currently planning to toss. Trump may not be a fascist, but the Know Nothing movement is alive and well in our 2016 political life. Fasten your seat belts, 2016 is certain to be a bumpy ride.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Rob Malley Links ISIS Crisis to Palestine Issue
Republican candidates are currently dominating the space and bandwidth of that media while they seek to outdo one another in bragging about how vicious they would be in dealing with ISIS. Rob Malley's linkage of the growing power of ISIS to Israel's unrestrained occupation and brutality to Palestinians, would be a much wiser course for the candidates to consider.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Will Clinton Enter White House With Israel in Tow?
The most powerful political office in the world is within her grasp. She will not halt wars and heal the dying by taking her relationship to the next level with an Israeli government eager to continue a 67-year-old military occupation because it has the military strength to do so.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 "Have You Got Any News of the Iceberg?"
Enter the latest chapter of this false flag move: blaming social media for stirring the emotions of Palestine's children. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and with Juniper Downes, Director of Public Policy at Google at the company's Silicon Valley offices. Richard Silverstein reminds us, "Google doesn't cause murder. Israel does."
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Bigoted U.S. Governors Display Ignorance
It did not take long for a group of opportunistic U.S. Governors to respond to the horrors of the Paris bombings.
They did so with racist, religiously bigoted responses against Muslims.
Their responses were degrading to their collective state offices, and hateful to a major world religion. They also display a collective naked ignorance of the fact that governors have absolutely nothing to do with U.S. immigration policy.
Monday, November 2, 2015 20 Years After The Dark Day Rabin Was Killed
It is now apparent that Rabin's "hesitant handshake" launched an effort toward peace that demanded an Israeli leader like Rabin who truly wanted to achieve a lasting negotiated agreement. Instead, Rabin's assassination led to the rise of successive right-wing Israeli governments that want nothing less than to have their own modern empire from the sea to the river.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015(16 comments)
Israel's False History Is Exposed, Then Embraced
Defending its ongoing land grab, Israel has taught its loyalists that any adjustment to the false, new narrative, is strictly forbidden. When the false narrative is exposed by facts, the first polite line of defense response is to not report and not show it; otherwise, "some people will find it offensive." The Battle of the Maps will continue as long as Israel is determined to conquer all the land between the river and sea.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015(1 comments)
Does Israel Need a New Law to Frisk and Search?
This specific and current "wave of violence" now sweeping through Jerusalem began in 2014, when agitated young Palestinians had good reason to assume Israel planned to "Judaize" the Noble Sanctuary. Israel's 2014 piecemeal steps and its support for new Jewish Jerusalem settlements were catalysts that inspired "waves of violence" in this summer and fall of 2015.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Dr. Who and The Look of Shame
Also enabling faces that should be shamed, are the U.S. media power brokers whose journalists "report" on the massacre of Palestinians with distorted reporting from Israeli hometown newspapers like the New York Times, which distorts events from Palestine and Israel to soothe readers and advertisers.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015(1 comments)
"It Is Very Heavy Here Right Now"
What will stop this madness? For an answer, start by looking in the mirror. Wherever you are, there are institutions, religious and secular, that are silent, media that is biased, and politicians who are indifferent to the suffering.
Thursday, September 24, 2015(1 comments)
Pope Francis Confronts Right Wing Media Vitriol
Right-wing media failed in its effort to persuade a necessary number of members of Congress to kill President Obama's historic Iran nuclear deal. It will fail again to defeat a humble man wearing the mantle of religious power, quietly displaying that spiritual power in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
Sunday, September 20, 2015(1 comments)
Israel's Colonial Creep Has Echoes in Texas
As a military occupying power facing no serious opposition from an occupied population, and little interference from its chief sponsor, the American government, Israel has steadily expanded its initial colonial base to encompass the area of what Israel politicians are now openly calling Judea and Samaria.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 A Fly in the Ointment of Colbert's Opening Show
You will have to look closely to see it, but there was a fly in the ointment of the otherwise successful launch of the next chapter of Stephen Colbert's career. Supporters of the BDS movement were quick to identify the fly. Pretending to hate having to allow Corporate America interrupt his non-stop comedic attacks on the establishment, Colbert snuck in an ad promoting a dip delicacy called Sabra hummus.
Friday, September 4, 2015(8 comments)
Obama Defeats Netanyahu In Iran Accord Battle
In the same week that Prime Minister Netanyahu lost his battle with Obama, Israel received a second serious blow to its already sagging world image. A video of an Israel soldier trying to arrest a 12-year-old Palestinian boy with a cast on his arm during a protest, went viral.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015(1 comments)
More Democratic Senators Support Iran Deal
Instead of a rush to join the pro-Israel lobby forces in standing with Israel's opposition to the deal, the number of Democratic senators who favor the deal is growing. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) joined Gillibrand, by promising not only to vote in favor of the agreement, but pledging to do "everything in my power to ensure that it stands."
Sunday, August 16, 2015 Two States Never an Option for Netanyahu
The woman who could be this nation's next president, has promised to work with Israeli-American Haim Saban to further subdue an occupied population. As a senator, Clinton was wrong when she supported the 2003 Bush invasion of Iraq. She is wrong again on BDS.
Friday, August 14, 2015 Jimmy Carter Has Cancer
Carter's struggle is not over, which it is why it is far too early for Jimmy Carter to leave this earthly battlefield. The pending freedom of both Israelis and Palestinians from the bondage of conflict, owes a great deal to this man.
Friday, August 7, 2015 House Members In Israel for Obama-Bashing
While President Barack Obama was speaking about the people's business, and his Kennedy-like preference for diplomacy over war, freshman members of the U.S. House of Representatives were either 5,000 plus miles away in Israel, or preparing to go there to be feted and educated by a foreign power which opposes the nuclear agreement the U.S. has reached with Iran and major European powers.
Thursday, July 30, 2015(6 comments)
Iran Political Fulmination Versus Diplomatic Deal
During the 60-day period Congress has to consider the deal, polls offering to describe public opinion on the deal John Kerry reached with representatives of Iran and the P5+1 major nations should be read with several tons of salt.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Thirteen Senators Who Could Make History
There are currently 54 Republican senators, all of whom are on record to oppose the Iranian nuclear deal. The Republicans will need only 13 Democrats to cross party lines and vote against the deal to reach the 67 votes required for an override. To prevent that veto override, President Obama needs 34 Democratic senators to support him; otherwise the deal collapses.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015(1 comments)
Isaiah 21:6: "Go Set a Watchman"
Paired with Ambassador Chas W. Freeman's Sarsota, Florida, lecture, Harper Lee's second novel offers a strong reminder that racism is alive and well in the American political soul. This pairing also reminds us that watchmen like Freeman and writers like Harper Lee, continue to tell those willing to listen, that racism is a danger to us all.
Friday, July 3, 2015(1 comments)
Bishops: Divestment Not in our "Best Interests"
The Bishops have said, in effect, to their fellow Christians who favor divestment, "if you had invested in ministry and service inside this prison, you would have some understanding of how we must live under this dictatorship."
They dare not say it, else their prison keepers would cut off their water supply, keep their new medical equipment blocked at the border, or simply go hunting for more Palestinian children to shoot.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 UCC Says No to Occupation, Votes 80% to Divest
The 2005 Palestinian civil community's initial call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, was endorsed by Palestinian Christian leaders who embodied the call in the Kairos Palestine document which seeks Palestinian freedom and rights through peaceful means.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Emanuel Church Confronts Racial Violence
The church and its members did not lash out in fury against racist hatred, which led to the deaths of nine African Americans sitting quietly in a Bible study group. It did what had been its style for the 200 years of its existence. It came together in prayer and a resolve to go forward, surrounded by, and filled with, the miracle of grace. There is a power in that grace, an unexplained mystery.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015(11 comments)
"What Happens to a Dream Deferred?"
Just look at the desperate way in which Israel and its allies are spending big dollars to fight the BDS campaigns. Even Sheldon Adelson has gotten into the act. Palestine's dream of freedom has been deferred far too long. It is time now to "conquer" Israel, not on the battlefield, but in the war that hits Israel where it hurts, in the world of public opinion.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015(2 comments)
Adelson's Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action
David Palumbo-Liu, one of the few media voices to report on the Vagas gathering, traces the more recent history of the BDS movement which began with "the nearly 200 civil organizations in Palestine who put out the call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions in 2005, and those in the U.S. and elsewhere who have answered that call.
Sunday, May 31, 2015 Bibi Coalition Echoes Groucho's "Duck Soup"
After his recent narrow election victory Netanyahu turned to a right wing collection of politicians to construct his latest coalition. Haviv Rettig Gur, The Times of Israel's political correspondent, wrote that "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition-building has been "a disaster," even "a farce." He blames it on Netanyahu's strange amalgam of cabinet ministers.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert
In their deliberations, church leaders will need to remember that, as the wall proclaims, "Criticism of Israel is Not Anti-Semitic." They also need to remember that Israel is a nation that believes it must divert rather than face the reality of its conduct.
Sunday, May 10, 2015 "I'm From that Hell Called Gaza"
The injustice in Gaza and the West Bank is, indeed, a curse. It is a curse President Carter knows all too well. He grew up in the segregated state of Georgia, the same state that Martin Luther King, Jr., called home. Dr. King lived and died confronting the curse of segregation in the American South.
Sunday, May 3, 2015(1 comments)
Gaza Crisis "Unsustainable and Intolerable"
It was evident in statements following their three-day visit to Israel and a part of Palestine, that Jimmy Carter and Gro Harlem Brundtland will continue to use their influence to end Israel's self-imposed world isolation, an isolation damaging both to Israel and Palestine.
Friday, May 1, 2015 Why Was Carter's Gaza Meeting Cancelled?
On Wednesday of this week, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an, reported that Carter's previously planned Thursday visit to Gaza was "removed" from his itinerary "without reason." Absent any official explanation, speculation is rampart as to what led to the cancellation, raising the question, why was Carter's Gaza meeting cancelled and what prompted the cancellation?
Sunday, April 26, 2015(2 comments)
Carter Going to Gaza for Fatah-Hamas Talks
The fact that Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to meet with an ex-U.S. president, and prevents any of Israel's leaders with even a courtesy visit with Carter, is but one more sign of Israeli disdain of any and all, who do not embrace Netanyahu's vision of Israel's exceptionalism. Beginning with his meetings in Gaza Thursday, Carter plows ahead, ignoring Netanyahu's insults.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015(2 comments)
Hot and Cold Violence Sustains Israel's Occupation
In recent years BDS has grown in worldwide influence. Any action aimed at Israel's occupation of Palestine alarms AIPAC. When AIPAC is alarmed, Liberal and Conservative Zionist senators of both political parties, receive their marching orders.
Monday, April 13, 2015(3 comments)
Gideon Levy: A Prophetic Voice from Israel
Gideon Levy is a veteran columnist for Haaretz, a leading newspaper in Israel. He is a prophet, a man passionately committed to telling truth not just to power, but to people. The few prophetic voices we have, like Gideon Levy, will continue to remind us of the false prophets who have led us into the darkness.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015(1 comments)
After Deal Palestine Turns To UN For Statehood
So far, the signs of change are slipping away. After the success of the nuclear deal with Iran, a blow to Israel, the U.S. has worked hard to shore up its relationship with Israel. To add to what may be causing a return to the old Obama, the president is facing a vigorous counter-attack against the Iran deal inside Congress, an attack orchestrated by Israel.