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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. 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
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 15, 2012 Does Israel Interfere in US Elections?
German artist Gunter Grass reveals that Israel has conspired with the rest of the world to hide the fact that it is a major nuclear threat to world peace. At the moment, US public opinion is still far behind the rest of the western world, though elites -- those who run and shape media, politics, and religion -- in the US and elsewhere, remain largely under the spell of Zionism.
SHARE Saturday, December 3, 2011 How Iran Could Be The Next Neocon Target
The real problem is that the moment Iran has a nuclear bomb and doesn't use it, the Iranians can no longer be dismissed as a second-class nation, weak and cowering before its neighbors who possess nuclear military capability. Instead, Iran will be seen as a "respectable" nation which possesses a military weapon to use in negotiating with its neighbors.
(14 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 17, 2018 White Evangelicals Stifle Values For Trump
Donald Trump has desecrated Teddy Roosevelt's "Bully Pulpit" by preaching hatred and bigotry. He has found Satan's key to the door of racism. He has opened it and won an election which gave him enormous power to do evil. What are we going to do about it? We must fight back with what we have at our command to stem this tide of evil.
(13 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 15, 2012 What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul
If historians 100 years from now seek to explain how a great power committed seemingly intentional national suicide, they will have to look no further than the voting record of the U.S. Congress. The same historians may also wonder, where were the churches while the United States government was financing and thereby, embracing, the Zionist ideology of a foreign power?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 5, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 30, 2017 Jimmy Carter Warned of Trumpism in 1979
Here is just the latest reason to be thankful for our 39th President. President Carter delivered a speech from his White House Oval Office, July 15, 1979, which John Farmer, Jr. describes as "a prophetic 1979 warning of Trumpism."
SHARE Thursday, July 13, 2017 The Long Fight Against TV and Movie "Bad Arabs"
It is an ominous sign when President Trump uses the term "barbaric" to describe "others" in countries whose populations are predominantly Arab and Muslim. The President's speech in Warsaw, Poland, which he delivered the day before the recent G-20 in Hamburg, Germany, revived the racist call for a Clash of Civilizations.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2012 Which Obama Will We See in the Third Debate?
Romney is a one-term governor from Massachusetts, who has spent most of his professional career as a business executive. He is a foreign policy neophyte, entirely dependent on largely Republican neoconservative advisers. Romney is woefully unprepared either to debate foreign policy or to lead the nation in foreign policy endeavors.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2012 Israel Plans a "Doomsday Settlement" for E1
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was harshly rejected at the UN General Assembly, a stinging defeat he knew was coming which explains why he did not attend the GA personally. Netanyahu retaliated for the UN vote by announcing he had authorized the building of 3,000 new Jewish housing units in Area E1, a plot of land east of Jerusalem.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, December 22, 2017 That UN Vote: "How are the mighty fallen"
Prior to the vote which rejected the U.S. President's "gift" of Jerusalem to Israel, the U.S. Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned nations that votes against the U.S. would be remembered. She added, "We will take names," sounding more like a Mafia Don than a diplomat...
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 25, 2014 "Lest We Forget" The Day Rachel Corrie Died
Rachel Corrie was killed March 16, 2003, by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with an American-built Caterpillar bulldozer. She will be remembered by those who celebrate and cherish a young American woman who said no to Israel's occupation and no to the constant attacks on Palestinians and the destruction of Palestinian homes.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Hawking Stuns Israel With Conference Boycott
Stephen Hawking has not been known for political activism. His story unfolded in a different arena. It is a story of his enormous personal courage and significant achievement as a physicist and cosmologist. Hawking has to be the most high-profile invitee yet to boycott an Israeli Presidential conference, an event which in the past has attracted little media attention. Hawking has changed that.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 16, 2012 Israel Delivers "Or Else" Demands to Obama
Netanyahu is depending on his U.S. allies to support him as he makes his demands on Obama during the politically sensitive final months of President Obama's reelection campaign.
Should Obama be reelected, Netanyahu's threat may prove to be a major misstep. A second term Obama would be free to proceed at his own pace to make his own demands on Israel.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 13, 2015 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.
(16 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 27, 2015 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Obama Pauses Again; Peace Wins, AIPAC Loses
Monday's events may have been purely random, events that started like a snowball rolling downhill after a morning speech by Secretary of State Kerry and ending with an history-changing Monday night announcement by Senate leader Harry Reid that he was postponing a Senate vote because of events of the day.
(26 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Syria Bombing Designed to Distract
After the Syria Bombing, did you have that pit-of-the-stomach feeling that you had been deceived about a military strike? Accept the Syria bombing as a Wag the Dog deceit, a pretense to deliver a largely harmless distraction for an ulterior motive, as in the manner of a Roman emperor staging a stadium show for the masses.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 28, 2012 Methodists Face Moment of Occupation Truth
One day, when these politicians look back on their period of political service, they may recognize the evil they sponsored. And one day, when United Methodist delegates to the 2012 General Conference look back on how they voted on the divestment resolution, they will realize how their vote will follow them into the Hereafter.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 2, 2013 Netanyahu's Flawed Vatican Charm Offensive
With the U.S. Congress safely in his back pocket, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned his charm offensive on the Vatican. How is that working out for him? It does not look promising. The Prime Minister forgot the first rule of charm school: Target your prey gently. Avoid all punches to the mid-section.
SHARE Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Trump's SOTU Reality Show Exposes His Dark Side
Standing at the podium in the House chamber, giving his State of The Union speech, the President was in his element. He was the star of his reality show. Members of Congress and the nation, watched him perform.
Half the Congress cheered on cue. They rose to their feet in their enthusiasm. The other half remained respectfully sullen and subdued with only the occasional moan. Series: Activism (209 Articles, 443922 views), Judy White (19 Articles, 48190 views), Prison (38 Articles, 86063 views) (View All Series)
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 9, 2012 New Jersey's 9th CD Voters Say No to AIPAC
Congressman Pascrell's victory in New Jersey's 9th CD, was a "bright shining moment" in American politics. In its own way it may mark the beginning of a new tectonic shift in the geological ground under our political landscape.
SHARE Wednesday, November 29, 2017 US Bill Would Target Israeli Military Child Abuse
The bill currently has 15 co-sponsors. Its introduction comes "several weeks after a report was released by Israeli rights groups, with the support of the European Union, which revealed 'broad, systemic abuse by Israeli authorities,' against Palestinian teenagers detained in occupied East Jerusalem."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 16, 2014 PCUSA Tries Again to Divest From Occupation
The Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA) is holding its biennial national General Assembly this week in Detroit, Michigan (June 14-21). One overture before the Assembly will offer Presbyterian General Assembly commissioners the opportunity to have the denomination divest from three major corporations -- Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola -- that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestine.
SHARE Monday, February 10, 2014 What Ike Feared "Has Come Upon Us"
As Congress defends Israel at every opportunity, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is gaining momentum, especially in Europe. The British Economist reported this week that BDS is turning "mainstream," reaching into power circles that were once assumed to be immune to boycott pressure.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, July 8, 2012 Pro-Divestment Presbyterians Win By Losing
AP gives the anti-divestment spin with this incorrect description of what was in the resolution, "to divest from three companies that do business with Israel," dropping the major point of contention. The resolution was not directed against all companies that do "business with Israel." It was aimed at three companies that directly support Israel's occupation, a fact which AP did not include in its story.
SHARE Saturday, March 14, 2015 Bibi and 47 Senators Strike Dark Discordant Note
Newly-elected Senator Cotton and neocon leader Bill Kristol are now doing the work of AIPAC, and their pro-Israel, anti-Iran funders, standing with a foreign leader on a foreign policy issue against their own president. In the process they have pulled 47 Republican senators into their scheme. Some of those senators are expressing doubt over their decision to sign a letter they had quickly read and endorsed.
SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Bibi "Skip It" List Included Senator Warren
Israel's military and security leaders have made clear that they do not agree with Bibi's insistence that Iran is well along to developing its very own nukes. On this issue, Bibi stands largely alone in his paranoia. Those members of Congress who attended the Tuesday speech cheered a foreign leader who is in Washington to lobby them to defy their own president.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 20, 2012 The Video That Could Doom A Candidate
Since the video surfaced, polls indicate a swing away from Romney. Republican candidates for the Senate and House have begun to distance themselves from their presidential candidate. Worse yet, for Romney, even conservative media pundits have joined in the outrage.
SHARE 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?
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 22, 2013 U.S. Jews Battle Over Blumenthal's "Goliath"
In the Goodman interview, Blumenthal gives details of his journey through Israel and Palestine. Since he searched over a period of four years for the personal impact of the occupation on its Palestinian inhabitants, his highly negative reportorial conclusions are both enlightening and not surprising.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Thanksgiving Good News from Palestine
In spite of having to live under an Israeli military occupation run by an authoritarian politician named Netanyahu, there is positive news for the civilized world to include when joining our American rite of giving thanks this season.
SHARE Sunday, January 11, 2015 "Something Rotten in the State of Israel"
Liberal Zionists are trapped between their loyalty and devotion to Israel and their obvious awareness that Israel's current leadership is driving their nation into what Amos Oz sees as an "isolated ghetto." What they do not want to accept is the reality that after decades as an occupying military force, Israel has already sunk itself into an isolated ghetto.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 4, 2016 Republicans Panic While Neo-Cons Rush to Clinton
Progressives came close to entering this year's final bout behind Bernie Sanders. They lost, which means they must turn their zeal and energy toward building a successful progressive political party that will keep alive the ideals espoused by Sanders in his unsuccessful race against Hillary Clinton.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 16, 2014 "A Taboo on Telling the Truth About Palestine"
We are complicit in the creation of the modern Middle East. By honoring the taboo described by Edward Said, we made and now sustain Israel, not as a democracy which it claims to be, but as a war machine designed to extend the American empire over the bodies of dead children in Gaza and the West Bank.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Menendez to AIPAC: You Have My Hand in Friendship and the Power of My Office, Shalom
By choosing Israel's side in these negotiations, Senator Menendez accepts Israel's negotiating methodology: Make impossible demands to guarantee that no agreement is possible. This is the same method Israel uses in the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. Israel has participated for decades in these talks while stealing Palestinian land and tightening its control of the Palestinian population.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 28, 2015 "Skip It" Numbers Grow as Bibi Speech Looms
Senator Elizabeth Warren has thus far only asked for Boehner to postpone the speech, a lukewarm request she had to know will be ignored. Will Warren, the progressive presidential hoped-for candidate attend the speech? Will she follow Senator Kaine's example and stand with her president? Or will she join the cheering throng that chooses to attend the speech?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 4, 2014 From Sykes-Picot to "Degrade and Destroy"
The current conflict between the U.S. and its allies is a conflict that can only be understood by a look back to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1919 document that allowed Great Britain and France to carve up the Ottoman Empire for their own selfish colonial purposes.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 31, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 22, 2017 Wolves in the Gaza Chicken House
A check of international media confirms that it is buying the Israeli nonsense. The Israelis are media-savy. They know internal political conflict is sexier than babies dying. Responsibility for a territory under occupation always lies with the occupier. It would be foolish to let Netanyahu get away with blaming Abbas for those Gaza deaths.
SHARE Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Bibi's Israel Remains "Settler Colonialist" State
President Barack Obama falls into the catalyst response camp. He was not buying Netanyahu's backward shuffle from his pre-election assertion that there would be no Palestinian state "on his watch" nor was he impressed by Bibi's faux apology for his racist campaign language and tactics.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Will Palestine Retain Its Natural Gas Fields?
As long as the code of silence continues around the peace talks we may only speculate: Will the U.S. rid itself of its Zionist propaganda shackles and demand a just peace for Israel and Palestine? Or is the U.S. busy preparing a glossy cover for a carthaginian peace which would brutalize Palestine and assure no peace for decades to come.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 7, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, August 11, 2019 Love, Not Hate, Must Follow the Amens
It is now August, 2019, and this nation has just lived through two more mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. We have once again had our mourning and our anger. Once again, we insist, this is not who we are. We are wrong. Once again, the hate and fear that divides us clings to hate not love. We put an end to prayers and in the spirit of a revenge-seeking John Wayne, we choose hate and denial.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, August 4, 2017 Slavery Did Not Die; It Still Peddles Its Evil
the general population still feels the effect of slavery as we desert "the least of these," and deny the reality that all people are equal. Whatever name we give to our transcendent power, we must consider the possibility that this power is groaning in agony as nations continue to choose and then embrace politics powered by a satanic "invented moral authority."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 3, 2015 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Tuesday, October 10, 2017 One Final Perilous Journey For Gertrude Bell
When Queen of the Desert had its limited run earlier this year, it finally surfaced. There was still money to be made so the film now has DVD exposure. On October 3, Netflix and sites like Amazon, began renting or selling copies.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, July 29, 2016 "Boundless Confidence In America's Promise"
Reluctance to get behind the party nominee is not a new phenomenon in American politics. It is the story of democracy. But with Donald Trump as the only major option available to voters, it is time for the Sanders' supporters, many young and new to politics, to view the consequences of their refusal to support their party's nominee.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 21, 2014 PCUSA Divests from Occupation Support Firms
Through their divestment vote, U.S. Presbyterians are telling Israel, we do not support your occupation, no matter how hard you try to incorrectly shape the conversation as anti-Israel and anti-Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Caterpillar.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 29, 2012 It is Time for Voters To Listen to Friedman
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson want to put Newt Gingrich in the White House to guarantee what they perceive to be Israel's best interests. The Friedman column is a wake up call to America where polls tell us the public does not want to indulge Israel to the degree Israel's "friends" believe is appropriate.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 26, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Remembering Paul Findley and Yasser Arafat
Any hint that Yasser Arafat was an admired leader of an oppressed people, was a danger to Israeli's false narrative. For Findley to treat Arafat with respect, and do so as a member of the U.S. Congress, was anathema to Israel.
SHARE Saturday, April 21, 2012 "Throw Their Dirty, Filthy Ships Out of the Water!"
The divestment resolution does not call for a boycott of the state of Israel. It is narrowly focused, an internal church document which mandates that the church's financial managers (the General Board of Pensions) divest all church fund investments in three American companies that directly support Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank.
SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2019 The Word That Says It All
The President faces a near certainty of congressional Impeachment and potential removal from office should a few Senators acknowledge their own puerile lust for holding onto power. The evidence against Trump piles up daily, starting each dawn with a twitter storm of insults, falsehoods, and cries of self-pity.
SHARE Saturday, September 9, 2017 Israel Lobbies Shaping Illinois Governor's Race
As Robert Mueller and congressional committees dig into Russia's role in the 2016 election, the Biss and Ramirez-Rosa progressive candidacy was smashed by Israel's intervention in Illinois politics. What's the difference between Russian and Israeli intervention? One nation has a U.S. base in the form of lobbies. The other does not have a base, unless it is proven that the Trump campaign served as a Russian lobby-agent.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 7, 2012 The Night An Unscripted Moment of Democracy Surprised the Democrats
The Democratic platform retains the magic phrase, "subject to negotiations with the parties involved," which means that no matter what the platform infers, the future status of Jerusalem remains in the "final status" category. God, of course, is not subject to negotiations.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 13, 2011 Dennis Ross Resigns As Middle East Adviser
Ross worked with a variety of titles for five US presidents. But wherever he hung his hat, his Zionist loyalties were clearly evident to those he served and shaped, in the media/religious/political leadership bubble that shields American decision-makers and decision-shapers, from seeing any Middle East reality except the Zionist version.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, June 22, 2012 44 Senators Tell Obama To Do Israel's Bidding
With no apparent memory of the last time this nation went to war, 44 US senators dutifully sent a letter to President Obama, telling him what the US must do after the inevitable failure of last week's round of negotiations with Iran. These 44 senators forgot about the terrible reviews of the 2003 Shock and Awe production. They just know Shock and Awe: The Sequel, will be a success.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 31, 2017 A "New Sheriff in Town" Is Kicking Up Her Heels
Nikki Haley needs to understand UN history and the valuable role played by Americans like Richard Falk, before she bashes that world body. She also needs to recognize that her job as UN ambassador is to serve the best interests of her nation and its values, not the interests and illegal apartheid values of a foreign state.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 23, 2016 "A tragedy in a man, a disaster in a president"
Barring an impeachment, Donald Trump will be our president for the next four years. The media will cover him in detail. It is time for media and the public to take what our President-elect says, very seriously. Once he assumes the power the voters have given him, both the media and the public must respond wisely and forcefully.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2013 Congress and Israel Against Obama and Kerry
This week, two intrepid American Jewish journalists, Richard Silverstein and MJ Rosenberg, reminded somnolent Americans that Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has declared diplomatic war against the White House. It is not a new war. What is different this time is that Israel's leader has openly enlisted the U.S. Congress in his campaign.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, January 1, 2018 The Slap That Should Be "Heard Round the World"
The IDF continues with its "protection" of Jewish settlements which are anything but "harmless." The settlements are an established movement through which Israel plans to totally control Palestine.
SHARE Sunday, October 29, 2017 Lord Balfour's Letter Was 1917's "Fake News"
The Zionist-Balfour letter was a lie. It was "fake" because it was was written to satisfy the desires of empire-builders and the Zionists while pretending to guarantee the Arabs equal treatment. The truth was that Britain officialdom cared little for the Arabs in Palestine. They actually viewed them as a "problem."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Romney's Israeli Friends Desert Him
Senior Israeli defense officials told Ha'aretz that "Iran has moved the wall back by eight months at least," and Israel's latest position is a consequence of this action. If Romney had possessed this behind-the-scenes data before delivering his speech, he might have at least been able to appear like he was in Israel's loop.
SHARE Friday, September 9, 2016 Veterans Forum Staged With Show Biz In Mind
The election of 2016 has degenerated into a reality show designed to attract advertising sponsors, viewers, listeners and readers. The unexpected rise of Donald Trump entertained America in 2015 and 2016 with the encouragement of the media which profited from the reality show that is Donald Trump.
SHARE Thursday, October 25, 2012 Romney's "Peculiar Sense" of Geography
Why should Romney learn Middle East geography? If he reaches the White House, Romney's primary foreign policy advisor, Dan Senor, a Bush era holdover, will get his marching orders from Tel Aviv. Senor knows how to take orders. He was the U.S. public relations officer in the early days of the Iraq occupation.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 6, 2013 Confronting the "Moral Bankruptcy" of Iraq War's Liberal Supporters
A decade later, these liberal war enablers, their careers unhindered, remain leaders within the same liberal class that endorsed the Iraq war. This means, of course, that they continue to promote the same dominant Israeli Middle East narrative of the nation's liberal ruling class.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 23, 2016 Big Brother or Hillary: A Final Muddled Choice
Donald Trump's acceptance speech gave us more than enough reason to stay with the Establishment, as distasteful as four more years of neoliberal militarism will be. He not only gave voters a display of how tyranny is born, but in so doing, he has damaged the Republican Party as the preserver of conservative values. For some, "the party died" in the Cleveland convention.
SHARE Thursday, June 15, 2017 "This Meddlesome Priest" Troubles Trump
If Mueller decides to pursue an obstruction of justice case against Trump, testimony from Comey and other officials, the Post writes, "could become central pieces of evidence."
As the Mueller investigation continues, Comey is expected to return to the national spotlight. Who is this man with his calm demeanor and towering 6 foot 8 inch frame?
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, January 13, 2017 Using Fake News To Demean Trump Is Wrong
This is no time for lazy, partisan, biased thinking. Intense dislike of Trump is not an excuse to merely sanction the actions by our intelligence agencies because we do not like Trump. Donald Trump will soon be our president. He deserves a fair judgment on what he does once he is in office.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Friedman Visits and Vouches for Israel
When New York Times' columnist Thomas Friedman travels to the Middle East, he brings with him a deep devotion to the state of Israel, and a longing for what he thinks ought to be.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Obama Names Malley New Middle East Chief
The news of the Malley promotion raised hardly a ripple in U.S. mainstream and cable news media, currently obsessing over Hillary Clinton's email servers. Pro-Israel media outlets, however, rushed to sound the alarm. The word went out to Israel's staunch U.S. backers, "Obama has struck back with the dangerous Malley."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 14, 2019 "There is No Crisis at the Border"
The crisis in our nation is the one created by those members of Congress who lack the moral courage to resist the President of the United States, a man so emotionally stunted he does not care what damage he causes by demanding he get his way.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 11, 2011 GOP Candidates Wear the Jewish Kippah
The Netanyahu politics of fear prevails today in Tel Avi and in Washington. Money is raised for campaigns because of fear. Voters are promised a future without fear by politicians who run campaigns on fear.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2012 Five Years and Counting: Israel Creates and Manages Its "Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza"
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not come from floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes. This on-going crisis comes from the official policy of Israel. American taxpayers are funding this evil and deliberate crime, through annual doles in the billions, and the continued presence of corporate US interests that support and contribute to the managed crisis.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 22, 2015 Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise
Looking ahead at the American political landscape, it appears that after President Obama leaves office, it will not be the politicians who pick up the assignment to make Israel pay a higher price for its occupation. That must fall on activists and individuals outside government who will need to keep the pressure on our politicians, and launch an intensive campaign to raise "the price of occupation."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Israel Defends Its False Narrative Against BDS
Nations that yield again and again to Israel's false narrative have stood by since 1947, looking the other way as Israel marches across Palestinian land, eliminating or constraining an entire indigenous population.
Turning the spotlight on Israel, we must see that Israel's hasbara is a classic con man tactic, deceiving the world by disguising their Palestinian occupation as essential to "security" for Israel, the occupiers.
SHARE Friday, July 21, 2017 Two Palestinian Schoolmates Seek Unity in Cairo
If Hamas, Dahlan and Egypt can devise a way to turn the lights on again in Gaza, that Cairo meeting may be the start of a new and improved, though no-less confusing, and perilous, journey for an occupied population. If PA President Abbas has a better idea than his own political advantage, to turn the lights back on in Gaza, this would be a good time to make that idea known.
SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019 2020 Choice: "In Your Face" or "Weasel Words"
Trump is currently in power and he uses that power to satisfy Zionists. The absurdity of his current economic plan, designed to buy off the Palestinians' quest for freedom, was a non-starter. That is the best we are going to see from his "in your face" diplomacy. The other option for Palestine will be the Democratic "weasel word" nominee.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 8, 2012 Voters to Obama: Move Now on Palestine
This strong election victory sent two message to the President: The majority of voters did not trust Romney's economic policies, and they are tired of fighting Israel's wars. Implied in that second message is a demand: Move now on Israel's decades-old occupation of the Palestinian people. In short, move now on Palestine.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 2, 2019 Samia Khoury and Trump's Deal of the Century
I first met Samia Khoury when I attended a board meeting of the Palestinian Sabeel organization. We have remained in touch through our blogs and through personal notes. Through these exchanges with Samia, she has kept me informed on the politics and cultural life of Palestine.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 16, 2012 Israel Looks To Exodus In Gaza Invasion
Once he failed to lead Obama into joining his Iranian folly, Netanyahu, who knows full well his own IDF lacks the ability to go to war against any of Israel's strongest neighbors without U.S. backing, turned south to Gaza and discovered, what do you know, now it is Gaza which threatens constant rocket attacks against more than "a million Israelis every day."
SHARE Sunday, May 3, 2020 "The Straight Story": A Film For Now
The Straight Story is based on a true story which first surfaced in a news report about a 73-year-old man, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), who attempts to drive a motorized lawn mower from Iowa to the Wisconsin home of his brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton).
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Sanders Set to Push Clinton Leftward
Sanders said he and other senators "have started plotting legislation that would achieve many of the proposals that fueled his insurgent run for president, including a $15 federal minimum wage, tuition-free public college, an end to 'mass incarceration' and aggressive steps to fight climate change."
SHARE Friday, June 9, 2017 Land of Opportunity for Testing Weapons
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 is seen from the perspective of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. We will get to"
(16 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Danger Ahead: First Unfettered Twitter President
What exactly did the Founding Fathers send down the chimney this 2016 Christmas season? We have been gifted our first unfettered Twitter President. He will say what he wants to say, full speed ahead. His actions will be curtailed by our procedures and laws, but his words will go forth from the world's most important political office, unfettered.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 15, 2014 Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?
Clinton has been in and around the White House long enough to have known that when the president is deeply involved in foreign policy decisions, from Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, it is not a good time for his former Secretary of State to launch her 2016 presidential campaign by attacking his foreign policy.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, December 7, 2017 Trump Speech "Irresponsible and Reckless"
The Congress and the President are co-conspirators in the gift of Jerusalem to Israel. The blame is theirs to share. The response to the gift in the region and in the world will be far reaching. The American public is not with them. Elections in 2018 and 2020 are near at hand.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 8, 2012 Adelson and Ross: Yin Yang of US Politics
The yin yang of Zionist American politics has led to such an all-encompassing interaction "within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system," that even much of the leadership of the American churches, presumably the guardians of the nation's "moral imagination," do not realize how totally they have been co-opted to promote Zionism rather than support social justice.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 16, 2017 Trump's Attack on Congressman John Lewis
Trump has demonstrated no ability to curb his self-absorbed Twitter impulses. His family and staff have shown no indication they will remove his tweets from his daily schedule. If Donald Trump really wants to lead this nation, he could spend his Twitter time in a more important task, reading about its history.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2015 Obama to Senators: Choose U.S. Over Donors
Obama said that "as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces -- like special interests and donors -- can influence senators to act." The president urged the lawmakers to "take the long view rather than make a move for short-term political gain." Seated in front of the podium, Senator Menendez stood up to say he took "personal offense" at the president's remark.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, September 4, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, April 23, 2017 An Irish Writer and a US Scholar Walk Into a Bar
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 each recently offered readers a deeper look into the evils of Israel's occupation. The old "walk"
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 21, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 9, 2016 Focusing on Trump With "A Withering Gaze"
Our national withering gaze should fix carefully on the decisions the president-elect is making. Does his leadership team, thus far assembled, possess the knowledge and personal skills sufficient to support a president with no prior experience in political leadership?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 28, 2018 U.S. Politicos Embrace Israel's Big Lie, "Oy Vey"
The American voting public approved lying as an established form of governing, when it elevated an established liar as President in 2016. When we elected someone who made lying the Order of the Day, it went from being a dark shadow over American politics to a total eclipse.
SHARE Saturday, February 14, 2015 Good Morning America, Bibi is Coming to Town
The invitation and Netanyahu's pre-arranged acceptance, is giving a certain grim delight to Netanyahu's opponents in Israel's March 17 election. An Israeli campaign speech to the U.S. Congress two weeks before an election? Not politically smart, which is no doubt the only reason Netanyahu may still cancel.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Kerry Forgot Rule Number One: Never Question the Sacred Israeli Narrative
Secretary of State John Kerry connected the deaths aboard the Mavi Marmara with the dead and wounded in last week's Boston Marathon explosions. Both experiences brought grief and anger to their respective nations. Kerry's response was personal, an expression of compassion from a Bostonian to the people of Turkey, linking the Mavi Marmara to the City of Boston.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Ahed Tamimi Completes High School in Prison
In her quiet, polished manner, Ahed also gave Israel what it dreaded, a heavy blow to its already-staggered public image of what is now a self-named Jewish state. She has become a symbol of both Israel's 70-year Occupation, and Palestine's future, by quietly serving her eight-month sentence for slapping an Israel soldier.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, September 23, 2016 Inside The U.S. $38 Billion 10-Year Gift to Israel
Israel was not getting the massive payout the U.S. media claimed, with stories that sent conservatives into ecstasy and progressives into apoplexy. Netanyahu was demanding a much larger annual gift, which his rich Daddy would not give him. The bigger blow lies in the exclusion of Israel's defense industries.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 23, 2013 "Poor George, He Can't Help It . . ."
Perspective is all. Look at Palestinian freedom from the Israeli perspective and what do you see? You see a challenge that must be met in Israel's best interests. But look at Palestinian freedom from the Palestinian perspective and you see not a challenge for Israel, but a responsibility placed upon an Israeli government that continues to rely on the occupation as its way of "controlling" the neighborhood.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 7, 2013 Bob Dylan: "For The Times They Are A-Changin"
When Charlie Rose pounded Netanyahu for his defense of the indefensible settlements, he was speaking for the vast majority of American Jews who do not think the settlements are "helpful to Israel's security." Change is in the air. In a touch of diplomatic irony, history will record that the word "change," in this current moment, originated with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 17, 2016 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."
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, August 18, 2017 Phoenix Mayor to Trump: Cancel Your Rally
The decision Trump makes about Phoenix awaits. Trump could create another violent clash in Phoenix next Tuesday or he could escape a devastating political silver bullet. Will Trump hold his rally or cancel it? Will other stupefied members of Congress wake up and see the light? We will soon know.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 24, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 17, 2019 Israel Creates A New Political Normal
Benjamin Netanyahu has served as Israel's prime minister for 13 years and 64 days as of May 16, 2019. He has just been reelected to a new term, which means that two months from now, July 17, he will become the longest serving Prime Minister in Israel's history.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 24, 2014 U.S. Leaders: "Listen to this Irish Senator"
In recent months, a few U.S. religious bodies have heard voices denouncing injustice. Two U.S. Christian bodies -- the Central Pacific Conference and the Connecticut Conference, both in the United Church of Christ -- have voted to endorse the BDS movement to apply economic pressure on Israel to "pursue a genuine peace process."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Trump Deletes Arafat From Accord Signing
It is a well-known fact of history that to the victor belongs the spoils. And one of those spoils is the ability to reshape history. Donald Trump has won the presidency. He is now busy reshaping history. On Wednesday, President Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. The usual "we"
SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2014 Super Bowl Ad Pits BDS Against SodaStream
SodaStream's Public Relations team settled on Hollywood film star Scarlett Johansson, who it just so happened, was already serving as the public face of the British-based non-profit international aid organization, Oxfam. Johansson not only took the SodaStream gig, she had to choose between the two, and she soon withdrew from Oxfam.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Israel Remains The Untouchable Election Issue
Presidential candidate debates will soon begin. One question that should come up, but will not, is this: Should the U.S. government continue a guaranteed increase of its current three billion dollars a year to the prosperous nation of Israel, even as Israel continues to oppresses half of the population under its control?
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 8, 2014 The Demonization of an American Soldier
"Leave no one behind on the battlefield" is a sacred and long-standing U.S. military commitment. President Obama honored that commitment with his carefully-negotiated prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Presidents are fair game for criticism. When they get it right, we must say so.
SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Israel Hides Nukes Behind "Ambiguity" Wall
Iran, sitting as the "accused" in Geneva, does not put its nuclear facilities behind an "ambiguity" wall. The BBC offers a close look at Iran's various nuclear production sites. This report relies on Iran's open stance regarding its program, in contrast to Israel's lack of transparency.
SHARE Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Does The IDF Target Palestinian Soccer Players?
Will FIFA dare look ahead to its next World Cup events in Russia and Qatar, without having first confronted the problem of the FIFA membership of Israel, a FIFA member which now stands accused of using attack dogs and deliberately targeting Palestinian soccer players?
SHARE Sunday, April 29, 2018 Fox News and the Division of America
Trump is a President who divides -- a President who shows not the slightest indication that he wants to unite this nation. He knows from polling that he has a "base," a segment of the American public loyal to his worldview based on fear of outsiders, liberal government and dislike for non-whites.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 2, 2017 October Arrives As We Celebrate Earth and Sky
The celebration of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union is the first of two anniversaries in October, 2017. The second will arrive October 31, preceded by other events, all pointing to the day 500 years ago when Martin Luther posted 95 thesis on the city hall door in the small German town of Wittenberg.
SHARE Saturday, January 13, 2018 Trump's Racism "is a tragedy in a man and a disaster in a president."
There is nothing subtle about President Trump. In his narcissistic existence, he occupies a personal bubble where men dominate women and people of color are shoved aside into other bubbles of white-imposed inferiority.
Inside our president's bubble nothing matters but Donald J. Trump.
SHARE Thursday, October 6, 2016 I Have Seen The Future And It Belongs To Israel
Obama had not given Netanyahu all he demanded in that $38 billion decade-long deal, angering the Israeli leader. As Obama must have expected, Bibi's retribution was swift.
Obama met with Netanyahu at Peres' funeral. Did Bibi assume it was inappropriate to discuss government business in a time of mourning? Don't count on it.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 23, 2017 Trump Delivers "A Deportation Force on Steroids"
What we are receiving from the result of the disastrous 2016 election, is the huge package of hate Trump promised in his campaign, and now implements as president. Trump deports undocumented immigrants because he now has the job his White Nationalist supporters helped him win.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 22, 2017 Two Speeches at Fulton, 71 Years Apart
In his speech at Westminster College, Senator Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, drew "a direct link between the United States' foreign policy and his own longstanding message of economic equality." He stressed that "the planet will not be secure or peaceful when so few have so much and so many have so little."
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, May 24, 2018 This Bishop Is Not Finished With Us Yet
Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, preacher and activist, is not done with us yet. Journalist E.J. Dionne, Jr. is not done with us either. Nor is presidential historian Jon Meacham. They each know the need for morality in politics. They "get it."
SHARE Wednesday, March 20, 2013 "We Have No 3G in Palestine"
If there is the slightest humane or moral value in this hand-holding exercise, it is hidden from the view of mere mortals. Behind this trip is a purely Zionist political agenda. The trip is nothing less than a blatant political effort to persuade Israelis, especially young adults, that Barack Obama wants to be their friend.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 10, 2016 That Which We Feared Has Come Upon Us
Donald Trump is not the leader I would have chosen to break up that moribund political/financial combine. But Trump it is, Mr. and Mrs. America, the man the majority of you chose to be our 45th President with his finger on the nuclear trigger.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 20, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 9, 2017 "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
Betsy DeVos, an anti-public school, billionaire fund-raiser, from Michigan, who has never attended a public school nor sent her children to a public school, became Secretary of Education by an unprecedented single vote (for a cabinet member) cast by Vice President Mike Pence. These cabinet confirmation votes lead to a stark reality. This nation is sharply divided along rigid ideological lines.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 15, 2013 Livni Warns Israel It Faces A Worldwide Boycott
Political realists who follow the shenanigans of Israel's right-wing government suggest that Livni may be involved in a strategy to jump-start the negotiations. She may also be playing the "good cop" to signal potential European boycotters that Israel does have a few reasonable leaders. That, however, is an unrealistic rejection of hope in a time of darkness.
SHARE 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."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 12, 2013 Cardoza Law School Ignores Dershowitz To Honor Jimmy Carter
Despite vicious opposition from the Alan Dershowitz conservative wing of the American Jewish community, Cardoza Law School honored former President Jimmy Carter this week for his career of work on peace and conflict resolution. The International Advocate for Peace award was given to Carter by the student-run Cardoza Journal of Conflict Resolution.
SHARE Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Trump Goes Off Script In Worst Possible Way
The response to Trump's outburst has been overwhelmingly negative. The implied threat against Clinton prompted a reaction from a Secret Service spokesman, who refused to identify himself, who said the agency was "aware of the comments." He did not elaborate. We have to assume that Trump will go off-script on many occasions, leaving surrogates to clean up behind him.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 26, 2013 The Secret Mission of William J. Burns
Israeli leaders are accustomed to working with U.S. presidents and their diplomats, who are expected to represent Israel's best interests. William J. Burns does not fit that mode. He has been described as a man with a "brilliant mind, unflappable demeanor and flair for self-effacement in a field where titanic egos often clash make him the fastest-rising career diplomat of his generation."
SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2020 Wall Writings Film of the Week
The KKK involvement in local politics through intimidation and threats of violence, was strong in 1951. It is less prominent today. Be aware, however, that this film is a dramatic and at times tense look, at the American racist mind-set.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 2, 2017 "For I was in prison and you visited me not'"
The full text of Matthew 25:42-43, condemns the sins of those who neither see, hear, nor care about those who suffer.
. . . For I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 12, 2016 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.
SHARE Sunday, November 30, 2014 "Dahiya" Author Eisenkott Named Next IDF Chief
The record is unmistakable and distressing. Israel deals with its Palestinian and Lebanese neighbors in terms of total annihilation, a reality known to those Western political leaders who rushed to support Israel's 2014 Gaza invasion with a mantra dictated from Tel Aviv, "Israel has a right to defend itself."
SHARE Monday, August 15, 2016 In The Beginning Was Trump's False Birther Tweet
The polls, state by state, show that Trump is headed for a blowout defeat. In a normal campaign this would be a call for shift in strategy. Trump, however, is not running a normal campaign. Why won't he change? Trump wants to win. He is gambling that his twitter style campaigning could put him in the White House.
SHARE Friday, July 25, 2014 Israel "Defends" Itself By "Mowing the Grass"
"Mowing the grass" to routinely kill men, women and children, destroy their homes, hospitals and schools, and deprive them of the freedom to enjoy a normal existence, sounds more like a 20th century Nazi tactic than a tactic appropriate for a 21st century democracy. It is also a tactic that will fail, because Palestinians will find other ways to resist oppression.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 17, 2014 Palestinian Children Have No Iron Dome
Gaza Palestinians have no shelters to run to. They have no Iron Dome to protect their children. All they have are "roof knocking" Israeli shells landing on a roof to warn a targeted family, get out quickly because a deadlier bomb is on its way.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 8, 2011 What Did The Children Learn in School Today?
Obama has seized upon drone warfare, which kills targeted "terrorists," and nearby civilians, at no apparent personal cost to American families.
Death by pilotless drones remain largely outside America's media orbit. It goes unnoticed by the Republicans running to replace Obama, and it is largely unreported by US media. Drones do not require "boots on the ground."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 6, 2017 This Israeli Memoir Will Shake Up Jewish Liberals
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 to arrive in the U.S. soon to begin a book tour arranged by his American"
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 3, 2014 Israeli Aggression Leaves Little Hope for Peace
Israel, a major colonial power imposed on the region with help from western powers, is using the long drawn out U.S managed, "peace process" as a decoy from reality as it draws, by force and guile, new borders designed to complete Israel's control of what it has long seen as Greater Israel, stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
SHARE Sunday, September 30, 2012 NYT to Obama v. Romney, "let's you and him fight"
What frightens the Times is the same realization that hits sports editors when a football team loses both its star quarterback and leading receiver just before the Super Bowl.
A month is a long time to cover a political fight when the outcome is already determined. What to do? What is a profit-oriented publication giant to do with all those political news pages to fill?
SHARE Tuesday, July 5, 2016 "Cunning of Reason" Will End Israel's Occupation
In this week of fireworks and celebrations of American independence, there is most certainly "a larger historical design" even now pointing to the yet-unseen, but inevitable collapse of Israel's illegal occupation.
(17 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 11, 2014 "Zionism Unsettled": Neither False Nor Misguided
The danger posed to the state of Israel by Zionism Unsettled is that the study guide has the potential to build momentum in the U.S. which could, over time, help release the Jewish people from their current bondage to an increasingly paranoid right wing government.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Will "Greatness" Elude Yet Another President?
It is apparent that in this era of racial discord at home and perpetual wars abroad, we are not "the greatest country in the world." In this summer of our discontent, from Mosul to Dallas, we struggle with conflicts as we gather to nominate two presidential candidates. A battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is generally believed to be a contest between the least popular presidential candidates in modern times.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 15, 2016 Syrian Truce Holds During Islamic Eid al-Adha
The agreement on Syria's cease-fire, reached last Friday, began under a cloud of opposition within the U.S. and Israeli governments. The plan would lead to American and Russian forces jointly targeting terrorist groups.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 20, 2015 At War With Those "Who Have Perverted Islam"
It follows, from Giuliani's ill-informed, paranoid, perspective, that the President does not "love America." That is sheer gobbledegook, nonsense designed to deceive. But it plays well to the political right, and it gets extensive attention in right wing media outlets like Fox News, reaching precisely ISIL's target audience
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 26, 2015 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 29, 2017 Who to Believe, Your Lying Eyes or the Truth?
There is no doubt that health care inside Gaza has greatly suffered as part of the decade-long Israeli siege, with Israel limiting medical equipment allowed in and restricting travel for doctors seeking further medical training and specialization. The situation in Gaza is dire.
SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Judge Kavanaugh Was Certified by Leonard Leo
The choice of Kavanaugh was not made by Trump. It was made by Leonard Leo, a vice president of the conservative Federalist Society, and one of the most important inside players in the conservative legal movement and the man to see for those who aspire to sit on the nation's highest courts.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 22, 2018 When Trump and Bibi Depart, "Pray For the Fish"
Netanyahu is the Donald Trump of the Mediterranean. Both men are driven by a desperate need for political and economic power for its own sake, coupled with an equally strong need to be loved. Donald wants the love for himself and his family. Bibi seeks love for himself and his tribe.
SHARE Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Israel's Uri Avnery Dies Too Soon at 94
Uri Avnery died at age 94 on August 20, 2018, two weeks after a stroke sent him to a Tel Aviv hospital. He died too soon. Israel, Palestine, and the world, still need his passionate voice and stern guidance. We also need his Jewish presence at events. Uri Avnery wrote his final column for publication on August 4, 2018.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Reflections on Lincoln, Clinton and Trump
If Hillary is elected, she will have many opportunities to choose between the surface military option or following the deeper diplomatic option in both foreign and domestic battles. She will see this even more clearly once she is in the White House. It is reassuring that she understands the two-level decision-making of master politician Abraham Lincoln.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 25, 2013 Are Liberal American Zionists "Delusional"?
The most likely result of the election will be for Israeli President Shimon Peres to instruct Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government, one which will place leadership in the months ahead in a coalition led by the right-wing Netanyahu-Liberman parties with Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.
SHARE Monday, March 10, 2014 Pope Francis Plans Second Visit to Jerusalem
Pope Francis currently plans to visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, May 24-26. This will be his second trip to Jerusalem. In October 1973, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, made his first visit to Jerusalem. The Vatican is especially eager to have the Pope's visit coincide with the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's visit, the first in modern times.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, April 14, 2014 "I Once Was Blind ... But Now I See"
Thus far, there is little evidence of a Wilberforce or a Pitt in the U.S. Congress who both understand the imperative of ending the Palestinian occupation, and who has the courage and the political sagacity to lead a Wilberforce-like struggle to make that happen.
SHARE Thursday, December 29, 2016 Kerry: Settlements Put Two States "in Jeopardy"
The Kerry speech was overdue by about eight years. During Obama's two terms, Israel has marched in full view of a grumbling world, across Palestine like so many panzer divisions, imprisoning a population and stealing land for itself.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 29, 2016 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]."
SHARE Sunday, November 27, 2011 What We Have Here Is A "Flagrantly Undemocratic Situation"
Decades have passed, but the power of those early settlers and the half million who have followed, have brought us to the 2012 US presidential race, in which, as reported by London's Daily Mail, Republican presidential candidates vie with one another to promise to go to war against Iran because that is what Israel wants them to say and do.
SHARE Sunday, November 9, 2014 "The Genius of Israeli Evil: It Poses as Concern"
President Barack Obama has responded to worldwide criticism of Israel's excessive military assault on Gaza's civilian population this summer. His words of condemnation were more forceful than those he used during the assault. He has two years left to start "doing better." He could start by finding a new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with a better understanding of evil.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 31, 2018 "Hate Is on the Ballot Next Week"
If you are an American voter and your ballot is not cast by closing time on Tuesday, November 6, you will have missed participating in the most momentous political event of modern times. And never fail to vote and get others to vote. A non-vote in this election is a vote for hate.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 20, 2013 Ten Years After US Invades Iraq, Israel Eager to Take the US Into Round Two
At a cabinet meeting Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel was prepared to attack Syria for the third time this month. Why not? He got away with it before, using the "self defense" righteous rationale that empires employ as they increase their power one step at a time. This is the way empires grow. It is also the way they die, one pyrrhic victory after another.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 3, 2015 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.
SHARE Thursday, March 23, 2017 Israel's Apartheid Elephant Is Still in the Room
The American people are discovering the hard way, what it means for its president to live in a self-enclosed understanding of reality. President Trump is a man who clings to what he thinks is true in spite of overwhelming evidence that it is not true. Like the current leaders of Israel, he surrounds himself with loyalists who support him in his views of reality.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 26, 2017 Obama Gives PA $221 Million in Final Hours
U.S. Neo-Conservatives, who would ordinarily have been major players in the Trump foreign policy circle, are currently being ignored by Trump. These warriors were faithful soldiers for George W. Bush's Middle East team, many started with his ill-fated invasion of Iraq. If Trump wants to follow Israel's wishes, as Bush consistently did, why not call on the Neo-Cons?
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Netanyahu's "Shibboleths" Scuttle Peace Talks
John Kerry has no trouble getting in and out of Tel Aviv. He is on a mission for peace. The Secretary, however, was greeted with anything but smiles by Israeli leaders who were supposed to be discussing steps toward a peaceful future. They greeted him with Netanyahu's demand that Abbas "recognize Israel as a Jewish state" and the promise of more housing startups in Israeli settlements.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 23, 2012 Corrie Family Waits For Tuesday Verdict
An ultimate judgment in this case rests in the hands of Israeli courts. There is little, other than diplomatic pressure, that the U.S. can do to support the Corries. But the fact that President Obama, during his reelection campaign, is willing to signal to the Corries that, regardless of the outcome of the Tuesday ruling, an Obama government will continue to support their family's quest for justice.
SHARE Thursday, August 31, 2017 MLK Jr. Wrote From Jail: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
The story of General Pershing and Pig's Blood, is not only false; it also reveals Trump's ability to continually lie to evoke applause and cheers for himself.
The Pershing false story is also an ugly demonstration of Trump's repeated use of Islamophobia as a political tool. It is a statement of injustice. Polling indicates the base which provides the applause and cheers he craves, has dropped into the lower 30 percent.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 17, 2018 A Child Dies In The Killing Fields of Gaza
In this nightmare of Orwellian reality in which we live, Israel's occupying military force continues its death-dealing ways and calls it a side. Bibi Netanyahu, grinning ear to ear, ordering Israeli soldiers to secure themselves behind safe mounds on the Gaza "border," and fire into Palestinian crowds, who were protesting their imprisonment.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 7, 2014 U.S. Arms Deal Will Increase Israel's Kill Power
As Israel has demonstrated repeatedly, its primary air-to-ground targets since 2007 have been Gaza's Palestinian civilian population, which possesses no aircraft nor iron dome protection of its own. If Israel follows its recent history, we can anticipate a new U.S. president in 2017 will be greeted by a protesting cry from Israel's government leaders, "we must once again defend ourselves against attacks from Gaza."
SHARE Friday, March 21, 2014 Northeastern Joins Zionist BDS Campus Attacks
Forget about the so-called Peace Process, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to use as a cover for Israel's territorial incursions into Palestinian Occupied Territories. Start worrying, instead, about Zionist incursions into American universities. Universities and colleges are kowtowing to Zionism by banning and blacklisting student groups that "challenge the official Israeli narrative."
SHARE Sunday, January 25, 2015 Barack to Bibi: Stop "Meddling" In Our Politics
Early in the Paris march, Netanyahu was several rows back in the crowd. But not for long. Yahoo News reported that Netanyahu literally pushed his way to the front of the line. In Washington, on March 3, there will be no competition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will not need to push. Speaker Boehner has already done that for him.
SHARE Thursday, November 3, 2016 Trump's Racism and Misogyny Exploited Voters
To make any sense of the presidential election which concludes Tuesday, we must acknowledge that Donald J. Trump seized upon the fears and anger of voters and exploited them like the television con-man he is. Trump voters, not Trump himself, have understandable fears and angers. Trump preys upon those emotions by promising to be their savior.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 8, 2013 Will Congress Fund Iron Dome Over Head Start?
Is the US Congress so beholden to AIPAC and so insensitive to the impact on programs like Head Start for children, that it will give Israel's self-designated "defensive needs" priority over US domestic needs? The American voters have an easy-to-understand marching order for their congressional representatives: "If you aren't saving Head Start, don't save Iron Dome."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, July 19, 2012 Israel Creates A Settler "Samaria" University
Israel's style is to pay no attention to what "most of the world" thinks, other than to stir American religious guilt with allegations that Israel is being demonized. The promotion of Ariel Institute to the status of a university in Samaria is the end of a long Israeli development process, which proceeded along an expansionist track while the "peace process" game traveled a second, entirely unrelated, subterfuge track.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 4, 2012 A "Bad Moon Rising" Over An Obama Victory
A month before the election, it now appears that an Obama victory is no longer a certainty, pending a final judgment, of course, on the findings of post-debate polling. The President's surprising, almost casual style in the first debate left the impression that he seemed indifferent to the 50 million viewers who tuned into the debate.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 17, 2016 Trump Transition Begins With Bannon
Bannon will be the door-keeper for the President. How he thinks and what he feels, will shape the White House agenda. Trump's first transition decision is a signal for what we should expect from a Trump White House. The selection of "alt-right" champion Stephen Bannon as senior counselor, is just the beginning. The time for election mourning is over. The time for monitoring and resisting destructive appointments, must begin.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Would A Surgeon Trust Trump With A Knife?
Who is responsible for this state of affairs? One prime suspect: A mainline media which wallows in the mud of profits from higher ratings and readership. Case in point: The mainline media pretended a "balance" in coverage which led to a downplaying of Trump's repeated fabrications, distortions and displays of ignorance. Trump had one major stumble over international agreements.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Will Abbas be Followed by Dahlan or Barghouti?
The New York Times chose not to remind its readers that Dahlan is far more than an Abbas political rival. He is a former Fatah leader who was ousted from the party by Abbas. In 2007, he was the U.S./Israel emporium's chosen Fatah operative assigned to punish Hamas for winning a free and open democratic 2006 election, which Hamas won not just in Gaza, but throughout the Occupied Territories.
SHARE 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."
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2015 "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.
SHARE Friday, March 17, 2017 The Political History Behind Trump's Curtain
With Trump's election in November, Heritage has become a key power broker in Washington. It has an administration willing to further its agenda. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February, 2017, Trump adviser Steve Bannon said that the administration's priority was the "deconstruction of the administrative state."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 12, 2017 "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend. . . !"
.ly/2pBZzwFIn this Prologue (above) to Shakespeare's Henry V, The Chorus speaks:
O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Has there been a moment in recent history like the "swelling scene" which struck with such force May 9?
The headlines shouted, "Trump Fires FBI Director".
SHARE 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.
SHARE Saturday, January 3, 2015 The Smells of Gaza and New Jersey
The "failure," as liberal Zionists and right-wing Zionists alike, do not want to admit, was that the Hamas government defeated an Israel/U.S. trained and financed Fatah army. Unable to gain the control the Palestinian voters in 2006 refused to give them, Israel sealed off its Gaza barbed-wire prison and jailed most of the legislators chosen to run a unified government in Gaza and the West Bank.
SHARE Thursday, September 13, 2018 Trump and the Repackaged Oslo Accord
We live in a world saturated by the manifestation of evil. Genesis tells the origin story. The story starts with Adam succumbing to the temptation of desire for the forbidden. The Creator surely knew the decision to allow freedom of will would produce evil. Every succeeding generation has had to live with the consequences of that decision.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 2, 2014 "When First We Practice to Deceive"
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allowed a narrative of national outrage and grief to grow, providing a search cover for a military assault on Hamas.
The teenagers had been dead since June 12. The government knew this. And yet, it allowed the lie that they might be found alive to fill the hearts of three grieving families and the collective heart of the nation.
SHARE Friday, February 17, 2012 The Destructive Madness of Extremism: First McCarthyism, Then Radical Zionism
Israel has put in jail more than 40% of the male Palestinian population, at one point in their lives. The purpose is to subdue the population. Sometimes they sit for years in administrative detention. At other times, they serve prison terms, and then reenter society under the watchful eyes of Israeli soldiers and informers.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2018 "Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me"
In Paddington, the original film, young Paddington settles permanently into the welcoming Brown home. Infused with the goodness embedded in him by his Creator, then sustained, initially, by the Creator's helpmate, Aunt Lucy, Paddington's goodness encounters evil in the form of someone who wants to exploit him.
SHARE Friday, February 3, 2017 White House Islamophobia Dictates Trump Policy
The bad policy-making and confusion bordering on chaos comes from a White House now led by purveyors of Islamophobia. This is Day 14 of the Trump presidency. We have 1,446 days left until the next inauguration, January 20, 2021. In those 1,446 days, do not despair. Instead, cling to, and work from, the reminder often quoted by Martin Luther King, Jr.: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 3, 2018 A Sequel: The Best Film Ever Made About Politics
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance demands that viewers remember it as a work of political art. The Shinbone editor was wrong in Ford's 1964 film, and he would be wrong today when he asserts, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
SHARE Friday, February 17, 2017 Trump to Bibi and Abbas: "I'm With You Fellers"
Stumbles in the cabinet approval process demonstrated a lack of experience and planning by the Trump administration. That same weakness was made even more apparent when Trump's National Security adviser, General Michael Flynn, resigned before the Wednesday Trump-Netanyahu meeting.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 2, 2018 50 Years Ago They Failed to Shut Him Down
Were Vietnam and poverty the issues that prompted that evil moment when King died? King had long faced powerful forces that wanted him shut down. James Earl Ray fired the shot that ended the life of a civil rights icon. What the shot did not do was end the movement King inspired.
SHARE Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Obama "Preacher In Chief" at Prayer Breakfast
In his Nobel speech, Osborn writes, Obama "offered a moral vision that closely followed, without any direct reference, the ideas of perhaps the most influential American theologian of the twentieth century." Obama has two years remaining in which to make the morally ambiguous decisions a president must make. His 2015 Prayer Breakfast sermon suggests he knows how he wants to handle those decisions.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2017 Trump: Stay Strong Israel; 1/20 Coming Fast
Trump may wake up one day and poke his finger in the eyes of the Congressional poo-bahs who love or fear Israel and its deep-pocket supporters. How would he do it? He doesn't even know yet. He only know that he is now The Man. The Trump Twitter game, Dr. Watson, is very much on.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 2, 2013 Have Church/State Leaders Endorsed Injustice?
Israel has derailed the Palestinian train and has the power to maintain the derailment. Israel and Palestine are not two equal parties discussing how to resolve their differences. All of the world leaders to whom John Kerry talked, know this. Kerry knows it. Barack Obama knows it.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 10, 2017 The President Who Stole Christmas
I can tell you this... we will celebrate Christmas this year, because Christmas is obviously more than the trees and lights and music... but it won't be a merry one. President Trump stole our Christmas in Palestine right along with our capital, our history and our rights.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 17, 2013 Clinton and Netanyahu Not Good for Obama
Clinton, whose wife is almost certain to run for president in 2016, shoved Obama out of his previous cautious stance on military action in Syria. In a rare act of disloyalty as a member of the club of former presidents, Clinton joined the chorus of war drum-beaters to persuade Obama to supply small arms to the rebel side of the Syrian civil war.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 1, 2017 The NFL Star Who Refused to Shine For Israel
Seattle Seahawks defensive end, Michael Bennett, at great personal risk to his career, has taken a stand for Palestinian justice. Bennett needs others to stand with him. He needs American politicians, police chiefs, NFL players, preachers, journalists, and anyone else offered a one-sided journey to "the Holy Land," to follow his lead. Spread the word, Michael Bennett's got your back.
SHARE 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."
SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Obama and the "Terror Plot Thriller"
Even the senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation admitted that "the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US did not fit with what was known about the methods and practices of the supposed perpetrators, the Al Qods force of the Revolutionary Guards."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 21, 2016 The Atlantic's 3rd Endorsement in 156 Years
Trump has already signaled that he will not accept the election results. It appears almost certain now that he is laying plans for what would be a cult he will build around himself. His son is already talking about developing an independent Trump television network. Hillary Clinton's victory will not be a mandate; it will be a rejection of Trumpism
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 13, 2012 How A Hate-Driven Anti-Muslim Film Led to the Death of Four U.S. Diplomats
Mitt Romney has refused to back down from his initial reaction to the attacks on U.S. embassies. In his immediate response to the news, Romney attacked President Obama for "apologizing" for what Romney termed, "American values." This Romney is not his father's son in neither political sagacity nor the ability to exercise national leadership at home or abroad.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Israeli Court Blames Rachel Corrie: She "Put Herself in a Dangerous Situation"
Rachel Corrie is certainly by far not the only victim of Israel's occupation. She is, however, one of the few Americans who has died on Palestinian soil in a peaceful effort to oppose the occupation of the Palestinian people. Americans have died on other battlefields in Iraq and Afganastan in U.S. military invasions promoted by the same Israeli narrative that led to Rachel Corrie's death.
SHARE Wednesday, November 2, 2011 Palestine Enters UNESCO In 107 To 14 Vote
In addition to leaving the US and Israel with a demonstratively shrinking number of friends in the international community, the UNESCO vote has far-reaching implications for the PLO's earlier request to the UN Security Council, which requested full statehood membership in the UN General Assembly.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Carter To Obama: Recognize Palestine Now
Jimmy Carter strongly believes President Obama needs to act to give Palestinians the security Carter has sought for them since he was President. Carter is addressing this issue in his message to Obama: Act now; time is short. President Obama has seven weeks remaining. The clock is running.
SHARE Sunday, January 15, 2012 Iranian Scientists Die as Bibi's War Looms
Israel is obviously doing its best to push for a war with Iran which it wants to be "provoked" by Iran. Israel wants absolute hegemony over the region, which is why it developed its own nuclear arsenal decades ago, and it is also why it insists it will not tolerate nuclear arms in the hands of its neighbors.
SHARE Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Reich's Counsel To Trump: Grow Up
Based on Trump's compulsive adolescent tweeting and his crony-inspired cabinet choices, Robert Reich's counsel is badly needed. Unfortunately, everything we have heard or seen from president-elect Trump assures us the counsel will be rejected.
SHARE Thursday, November 29, 2012 Palestine Granted UN Observer State Status
Fearful of any Palestinian status advancement, Israel had been waging an intense campaign against the resolution that passed Thursday. As the voting day approached, Israel fell back on a strategy intended to put pressure on members of the European Union, calling on them to form a "moral majority" on Israel's behalf.
SHARE Sunday, October 19, 2014 "Anti-Massacree Movement" In London
As the UK Parliament takes its stand, the Middle East version of Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacree Movement is growing, thanks, in part, to the supportive work of scholars like Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, who carefully exposes the narrative of Israel's ethnic cleansing as a key ingredient in its nation-building.
SHARE Sunday, November 23, 2014 A Circle of Violence: Deir Yassin to Har Nof
In its coverage of the Har Nof killings, the Washington Post put "Americans" in its headline, leaving the impression they were tourists. They were not. They were Orthodox rabbis with dual citizenship, American and Israeli. Few media outlets have taken note of the glaring fact that a circle of violence connects Har Nof to Deir Yassin, the Palestinian village destroyed before the formation of the modern state of Israel.
SHARE Sunday, March 11, 2012 Should the US Go to War for Israel?
AIPAC controls the US Congress through its network of Political Action Committees that follow AIPAC's instructions on which candidates to politically and financially support, and which candidates to jettison.
The Israeli Prime Minister travels to Washington to personally lobby members of Congress. An annual address to AIPAC is an essential part of that lobbying campaign.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 16, 2014 Updating JFK In Berlin: "Ich Bin Ein Palestinian"
Barack Obama has two more years in which to find his "pairing of the man and the moment." His presidency has been badly marred by his unwillingness to denounce the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and people. The inhumane blot of the occupation cries out for Obama action.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 5, 2014 Did Israel Have the "Right" to Kill This Child?
Prompted by AIPAC, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to embrace the doublespeak Israeli claim that it was killing Palestinians "because it has the right to defend itself." The vote was taken on the final day before the senators went into their annual summer recess.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 10, 2017 Bibi Blocks BDS Backers At Israel's Borders
Trump and Netanyahu are now partners in crime through the linkage of their respective nationalisms. Israel continues, unabated, an illegal and brutal occupation which produces its isolation. Trump's white nationalism, which was a big factor in his 2016 presidential election, links him to Netanyahu through their nationalisms soaked in religious exceptionalism.
SHARE Monday, November 11, 2013 John Kerry: Unfiltered In His Own Words
Kerry spoke as a friend of the state of Israel, but more importantly, he warned Netanyahu that his adamancy was damaging the chance for peace in the region. Responding to Kerry's interview in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said "pressure has to be put where it belongs, that is, on the Palestinians who refuse to budge." The Times adds that Netanyahu "was in no mood to compromise."
SHARE Thursday, March 27, 2014 The U.S. Cannot Resuscitate What Never Lived
Every Israeli prime minister who agreed to "peace talks" did so because it was handy to nestle down and pretend peace while swallowing up more Palestine land and stepping up Palestinian oppression. Why else in this current round of "talks" would Netanyahu toss in two new demands, knowing they were deal-breakers? "Recognize us as a Jewish state" and "give us the Jordan Valley to save us from marauding Arab armies."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 20, 2016 "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.
SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Netanyahu and Obama Seek "The Truth"
Israel, one of the world's leading nuclear powers, wants to make the Middle East nuclear free, with the exception of Israel, of course. The best way to accomplish this, from Israel's perspective, is to break up many states into smaller, weaker "tribal states" which would pose no military threat to the reigning Middle East power, Israel.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 31, 2013 Obama Pauses; Calls for Debate in Congress
MSNBC reported that White House officials point to Cameron's defeat in the Parliament as one reason the President decided to delay action against Syria until Congress could return and hold its debate. The U.S. House of Representatives confirms it will consider a measure on military action against Syria the week of Sept. 9, according to House Speaker John Boehner.
SHARE Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Indyk Returns as Kerry's Chief Negotiator
In these negotiation promises, there is not a single sign that oppression will be eased. It would be wrong to believe that this new round of talks brings with them the slightest hope of success, if our only hope rests with U.S. political leaders who have thus far forfeited their leadership to the Zionist Lobby.
SHARE Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Conquerors from The Congo to The Jordan
Ours is a public that prefers not to see the evil that is inherent in conquering other nations, preferring, instead, to grasp any excuse to divide the world between Us and Others, with Us as the good guys and Others as the bad guys.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 21, 2013 Right Wing Media Pushes "Friends of Hamas" Rumor
The Senate hearings on Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary will resume next week. The Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination on a party line vote, 14 to 12. Hagel's chief adversaries, John McCain and Lindsay Graham, appear however, to have given up any further thought of a filibuster against Hagel.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 6, 2014 Palestinian Boy Burned to Death
Despite its innocuous appearance, the phrase, "interfaith dialogue" refers to the amazing assumption that to maintain friendly relations with people of the Jewish faith, Christians must overlook the atrocity of the modern state of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian people.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Methodists Delay Vote Until Later This Week
Delegates who shaped the original divestment resolution promptly brought back their original resolution as a minority report. The conflicting resolutions, the Financial Committee solution -- invest in Palestine, not divest from Israel's occupation -- and the original divest resolution, will do battle later this week.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Barack to Bibi: "Time is running out"
One key demand that was expected to be high on this year's AIPAC list was pulled, as AIPAC yielded to intense pressure from the White House. The word from the Oval Office to AIPAC was that Congress must not pass tougher sanctions against Iran. To do so would doom U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Hagel Defenders Battle Neocon Opposition
If President Obama does not want "to spend the next four years under the jackboot of the neocons," he should listen to Tom Friedman, Andrew Sullivan, and those four former national security advisers, and nominate Chuck Hagel as his second-term Defense Secretary.
SHARE Monday, November 21, 2011 Dennis Ross' Iran Legacy Continues At WINEP
An American diplomat leaves public service after working for peace, unsuccessfully, for four US presidents, and his major legacy is what he did for Israel? There is something seriously wrong with this picture. This is not dual loyalty; this is Zionist loyalty.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 8, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 2, 2014 What Happens In Gaza After The U.S. Elections?
Will the US elections make any difference to Palestinians in Gaza now suffering under their third Israeli military invasion in six years, each invasion funded by, and approved by, U.S. political leaders? The answer is no. When it comes to foreign policy it makes little difference which political party controls the Congress.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 21, 2018 Living Through a Nightmare "With a Little Help from My Friends"
Things are far worse, now that Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu have seized biblical literalism and turned it into a weapon of war for Satan. These two monsters have transformed God and Country into frightful forces for evil. Pause with me to meditate on that fact. In time we may wake up. Or not.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 26, 2018 "One Bright Shining Moment"
Somewhere in this land of ours, there are leaders like George McGovern. They are out there, men and women with a strong moral compass who envision politics as a calling. Watch for, and work for such leaders. This is no time to despair. The miasma can be lifted.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Clinton In Middle East As Ceasefire Begins
To Israel's claim that its military assault on Gaza is no different than the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, Orthodox Jewish blogger Jeremiah Haber has a statistic that puts the two sides' firepower in perspective: "IDF rockets and missiles have killed more innocent [Gaza] civilians in the last three days [of this current assault] than all the Hamas rockets combined in the last eight years!"
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 24, 2015 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 24, 2013 Why Gitmo Was Not Closed from the Get-Go
When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, he inherited a war machine President George W. Bush had assembled in response to attacks on this nation on September 11, 2001. It was a machine barreling down history's highway powered by fear, patriotism, revenge, and a genuine need to protect the American people. It was not a machine easily slowed down nor turned around.
SHARE Saturday, January 31, 2015 Pressure Grows to Delay or Drop Bibi's Speech
Democratic congressional members who have condemned a Netanyahu address to Congress as "undiplomatic and reckless, are torn between supporting the president on a foreign policy issue and offending what the The New York Times refers to as "the powerful pro-Israeli interests in the United States or Jewish voters."
SHARE Sunday, December 8, 2013 Mandela Had "A Unique Moral Authority"
This week, as American political leaders and commentators, rush to make public statements of support for the life and work of Mandela, we are not likely to hear much of either the position of Mandela on Israel's occupation, nor of the work the Elders, the world leaders group he founded.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2012 Obama Emerges as the US Warrior President
The US has shifted its wars from the ground to unmanned drones in the sky. President Obama is slowly bringing the Bush wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to a conclusion. Yet, for political purposes, he still wants to portray himself as a warrior president. He is doing this by releasing a detailed description of how the drone warfare is conducted.
SHARE Friday, November 2, 2012 Memo To Obama: Bring Back Chas Freeman
Assuming President Obama is reelected, he has an opportunity to rectify a wrong from his first term... He should bring back Chas Freeman to a position in his administration. Freeman has not lost any of his passion nor has he lost his ability to express that passion in the measured tones of a veteran diplomat.
SHARE Saturday, May 12, 2012 Your Hard-Earned US Tax Dollars and Church Pension Funds at Work for Israel
The US public remains blissfully ignorant during this Mothers Day weekend that 2,000 Palestinian hunger strikers, some near death, are refusing food to protest their treatment and their unfair and unjust incarceration. The bulk of the Israeli public, safe and secure behind a massive Security Wall, remain largely indifferent to the strikers.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 1, 2013 Kerry Undertakes One Last Anti-War Mission
It could be that Kerry is not just negotiating. It is quite possible that he is pressing Israel to take more than just token steps toward showing the Palestinian leaders that Israel is ready to ease its prison-like grip on a people whose land they illegally occupy.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 21, 2013 Iran And The Season of Peace and Goodwill
Israel stands in strong opposition to the nuclear peace agreement on the grounds that it believes Iran is moving toward developing a nuclear arms system that Israel feels threatens its security. Israel is known to have at least 200 nuclear warheads; Iran has none.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, February 17, 2014 The Spirit of Judah L. Magnes Lives On
The small band of Observant Jews identified by the Times, are willing to stand against Israel's embrace of injustice. The time has come for the rest of us to join them in their struggle and inosculate our politics with our faith.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 10, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 19, 2014 Israel Hides Behind its Own Special "Catch 22"
Knowing that Israel has consistently demonstrated no interest in reaching a peace accord, Palestinian leaders defied pressure from Israel by signing their own reconciliation agreement. The agreement is between the mainstream PLO faction, Fatah, and the Islamic Liberation group, Hamas.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2014 "Exodus" Now Hurling Real 5,000 Pound Bombs
How does Israel defend itself? Among other options, Israel hurls 5,000 pound GBU 28 bunker-buster bombs on a civilian population of 1.8 million Palestinians who are jammed into a tiny strip of occupied land.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 28, 2014 A Tale of Two Tapes
This "tale of two tapes," in this "best of times, worst of times" scenario, involves a tale which features two Americans, John Kerry, the first U.S. Secretary of State to employ the term "apartheid" while still in office, and Donald Sterling, who has emerged as this week's American poster boy for racial bigotry.
SHARE Sunday, July 7, 2013 "One Day Ramallah Will Rise Up"
First generation American citizens created a new union which, like all nations, remains a work in progress. In the same manner, new Islamic-led governments will be forced to find their way forward in a new modern environment in the 21st century. They must be judged not by the religion to which they adhere, but by the way they treat their own citizens and how they relate to neighboring states.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2015 "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.
SHARE 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 14, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 27, 2011 Palestinian Prisoners Are Not "unpeople" -- They Are Children Of God
Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, sees the release of the Palestinian prisoners as "an incentive to continue the struggle for the more than 6,000 prisoners still in captivity." And as long as there are people like Noam Chomsky around to keep hope alive for those "unpeople" that Israel has locked away, they will not be forgotten.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 27, 2014 What the Pope Did Not Say
The Pope was on his three-day trip to the Holy Land, his first as a pope, when Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers on May 15, 17-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara and 16-year-old Muhammad Abu al-Thahir. It is neither presumptuous nor unreasonable to hope that the Pope will include in his prayer the names of these teenagers, shot to death on the 66th anniversary of the Nakba.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 15, 2016 Which Trump Will We See After January 20?
Where will Trump take this nation? The sad and frightening fact is that Trump has given no sign that he has the slightest understanding of what lies ahead. We are left with his twitter outbursts and his staff and cabinet choices to read like so many tea leaves. Donald J. Trump may be a danger to the entire planet, or he may settle down and find a way to respect the complex reality of his next four years, and act accordingly.
SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2012 Will Israel Block Hagel as Defense Secretary?
Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran, would provide Obama with a Republican in the upper echelon of his second-term cabinet. None of this matters to the pro-Israel forces that have lined up with their attacks on Hagel. To them, the former Nebraska Senator does not meet the test of being "100 percent pro-Israel."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 23, 2016 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.
SHARE Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Khader Adnan is a Requested Palestinian Gandhi; Yet They Saw Him Not
A massive outpouring of Palestinian grief for a dead hunger striker, would not be good background for an Obama-Netanyahu confab. But be cautious. The Israeli government is not known for straight shooting when it makes agreements either with Palestinians or with the American government.
SHARE Saturday, October 11, 2014 Bibi Knows "where the spots formerly were"
Israeli Prime Minister (Bibi) Benjamin Netanyahu remembers, "where the spots formerly were." His worldwide network of media and political backers, and their names are legion, embrace Bibi's memory. They are a well-trained legion.
SHARE Monday, November 4, 2013 Do Peace Talks Point to a Carthaginian Peace?
Israel has worked hard to build its "security-focused" future. It has been constructing its segregation wall (a "security" wall in Israel's narrative) since 2002. The segregation wall runs deep into great sections of the West Bank. The wall moves in directions that have nothing to do with security and everything to do with Israel's long-range economic planning.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, January 4, 2013 The Hagel Narrative the Neocons Want
For an example of why a less-fettered voice like that of Al Jazeera is needed in our national media landscape, look no further than the mainstream media battering Chuck Hagel has received since word floated from the White House that President Obama was considering him as defense secretary. It is not an exaggeration to see this one appointment as one that will define who will run the Obama White House for the next four years.
SHARE Monday, September 23, 2013 Iran's Rouhani: "The World Has Changed"
Israel continues to cry nuclear wolf. The U.S. consistently indulges Israel in its desire to make Iran a pariah among nations.
This indulgence could start to change this week when, and if, President Obama meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The two leaders are scheduled to speak to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.
SHARE Sunday, July 13, 2014 Israel Destroys Gaza Home for Handicapped
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exploited the story of the missing teenagers to charge up the emotions of his population. He even sent the mother of one of the teenagers to Geneva to appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council for help.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 7, 2014 "What we got here is failure to communicate"
The movement King led brought down the walls of segregation. That "security wall" Israel claims it needs for its protection, will be brought down as well, along with the occupation it symbolizes and enforces. This end of one more chapter of the "peace process," is certainly a failure of the participating parties. It is not, however, the final word on the subject.
SHARE Saturday, May 26, 2012 Will Elections Penetrate Israel's "Impenetrable, Dangerous, Ideological Shield"?
The security barrier has become Israel's latest Big Lie, replacing the "Green Line" because Israel did not draw the "Green Line." It did draw the "security barrier" by building a concrete wall on and through Palestinian land. This wall is designed to create Israel's latest "facts on the ground," cutting off villagers from farmlands, workers from work sites and medical personnel from hospitals.
SHARE Sunday, October 30, 2011 Ahlam And Nezar, A Palestinian Couple Released In The Prisoner Exchange
Many Israelis are angry that Ahlam and 476 other Palestinians who were on the "other side" in this conflict, have gained their freedom. They resent being reminded that their own Israeli military forces are guilty of killing Palestinians. Governments work hard to justify what their armies do, demonizing the enemy and convincing their civilians that the cause the army fights for is just. This does not, however, make it right.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 4, 2014 Time for Obama To Earn His 2009 Nobel Prize
Looking back at President Bush's deliberate scuttling of the unified Palestinian government that emerged in January, 2006, President Obama could pivot from automatic subservience to the Lobby and seize this moment in history to support a unified Palestinian government. If he would display his support of a unified Palestinian government, would be the moment in which Barack Obama finally earns that 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
SHARE Saturday, February 11, 2012 Khader Adnan Continues Hunger Strike
The day after his arrest, Adnan began a hunger strike to protest the administrative detention laws under which he was placed, literally, in chains.Eight weeks later, he continues his hunger strike and by so doing has become a hero to Palestinians who know the power and brutality the laws inflict on persons under total control of the Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA).
SHARE Friday, June 29, 2012 Presbyterians Next Up for Divestment Vote
The Presbyterian Church, a major US Protestant denomination, meets in Pittsburgh for its General Assembly. During the week of June 30-July 7, delegates will conduct church business, develop church policy, and consider action on moral issues. One is whether the Church's investment portfolios should divest from three U.S. corporations which support, with their products, Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 27, 2014 Abbas To UN: "End This Settlement Occupation"
The journey to the ICC is complicated, as are all things in the Middle East. But making the journey at a time of Palestine's choosing should keep Israel from an early return to periodically "mowing the grass," in Gaza, as Israelis have obscenely described these invasions. Only the dumbest politicians keep committing their crimes with a set of indictments hanging over their collective heads.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 28, 2013 Obama: "Look At The World Through [Palestinian] Eyes"
US supporters of justice for Palestinians, both religious and secular, have yet to build a strong grassroots movement to overcome an unjust occupation. President Obama wants the American public to "make him do" the right thing. His progressive critics should remember that in a democracy, the president cannot change history alone.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 1, 2014 Israeli Officer Captured; 40 Palestinians Die
It's worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about "human shields" or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel's permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives.
SHARE 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?
SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Ariel Sharon Dies After Eight Years in a Coma
Ariel Sharon died January 11, 2014, eight years and one week after he suffered a stroke January 4, 2006. At the time of his stroke, Sharon was the 11th Prime Minister of Israel. The stroke left him in a permanent, brain dead, vegetative state. It was not the final chapter of life a proud man could have wanted.
SHARE Monday, April 21, 2014 It Is Time to Bury the "Honest Broker" Deception
The "Peace Process" is finished. The U.S. charade as an "honest broker" has been on its death bed for decades. There has never been anything even closely resembling honesty in this U.S. charade. The U.S. was never a broker; it has always been "Israel's lawyer," to recall the description originally coined by Henry Kissinger.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 14, 2013 Peaceful Pause Delivers "Stunning" News
Secretary of Kerry was expected to fly from Geneva to Tel Aviv to brief Israeli leaders on the Framework. As he well knows, the issue with Israel is not so much Syria as it is Iran. Israel, with its own heavy arsenal of nuclear weapons stashed away in the desert, wants the U.S. to force Iran to give up any plans for building its own nuclear stockpile.
SHARE Sunday, December 15, 2013 If Talks Fail, Boycotts Will Arrive "On Steroids"
Kerry has five months left in his self-imposed time frame to reach a peace agreement. He is trying everything in his diplomat notebook. He warns Israel's Netanyahu of a flood of boycotts he could face. He warned Abbas of a delay in the scheduled release of Palestinian prisoners at the end of December. The two threats are hardly comparable, but the status of the occupied and the occupier are also anything but comparable.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, August 8, 2014 Hamas Cease Fire Terms Could Ultimately Lead to "Normalcy"
If Israel does reject Hamas' simple request for normalcy, a request that would involve the removal of Hamas' tunnels and rocket firing equipment, that rejection would testify to the world that Israel has no desire for the Palestinians of Gaza to ever again return to what was the normalcy of 2007.
SHARE Sunday, March 4, 2012 Netanyahu Comes To Town To Bolster His Call for War With Iran
Prime Minister Netanyahu is using this annual visit to rally his American sycophants and loyal political allies to force Obama to fall into line and join Israel's war strategy. Ironic, isn't it, that Israel, with its massive (some estimate as high as 200) nuclear weapons collection, secreted in Dimona, Israel, is the nation that is warning the world of what a great danger a nuclear-armed Iran presents to its neighbors.
SHARE Friday, February 1, 2013 CUFI and the Ugly Face of Hagel's Opposition
During the Hagel hearings, Republicans focused exclusively on loving Israel as they leveled blistering attacks on a former senate colleague, forcing him to explain, clarify and at times, appear to reverse statements made over the past decade. The senators tried to get him to give yes or no answers to questions about some of the more complex issues this nation will confront during his term as defense secretary.
SHARE Monday, August 25, 2014 "We want to exchange personal experiences, Sir."
An older Jewish generation, survivors, and descendants of survivors from the Holocaust, have raised their voices over Israel's "massacre of Palestinians in Gaza." Does the American media hear these cries of anger and anguish? Do American religious leaders, the secular political leaders, and the American public hear what is happening in Gaza? Clearly they do not, because they all remain silent.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 15, 2013 Republicans Block Hagel for Ten More Days
What really drives the Republicans is a desire to undermine a sitting Democratic president. Mitch McConnell famously said at the start of Obama's first term was that the Republicans would spend four years of non-cooperation with Obama. What the McCain-Graham-Inhofe filibuster is all about is a continuation of McConnell's anti-Obama strategy from the first term.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 3, 2012 Romney Visits Culturally "Superior" Israel; Totally Ignores the Occupation
Mitt Romney traveled to Jerusalem earlier this week. He was not there on a fact-finding mission. He was raising money for his presidential campaign. Displaying a total ignorance of the prison-like occupation under which the Palestinian people must struggle, Romney explained that the "dramatically stark difference in economic vitality" was due to Israel's superior culture.
SHARE Monday, January 27, 2014 Village Destruction in the Jordan Valley
Mainstream media reports on the Kerry negotiations do not include references to Area C, nor are there any references to the suffering of Palestinians under occupation. Instead, the MSM focuses almost exclusively on Israeli demands which shift as often as a carnival con man shifts his three cups under which he claims he has hidden a pea.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 28, 2013 Kerry Stumbles Into a Peace "Bully" Role
President Abbas has, no doubt, given John Kerry his wish list for any future peace accord. The easiest wish Netanyahu could grant is a grudging release of Palestinian prisoners. Netanyahu will play with the prisoners like they are poker chips. He will hold them until he decides to release some "in stages" throughout the negotiations.
SHARE Tuesday, April 1, 2014 GOP Aspirant Christie Apologizes To Adelson
Here is a poor guy doing his best to pivot from the grime and scandal of New Jersey politics to the sunny environs of Nevada, where he wanted to do nothing more than display his deep and abiding love for Israel. Such a pivot should have been a welcome and easy transition for a man who has spent months fighting public and legal attacks over Bridgegate, "a scandal about a traffic jam."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 18, 2012 The Incompatibility of Nakba and Neutrality
Each year, the western media continues to follow the Israeli narrative slavishly, pushing May 15 as Israel's Independence Day, an act of "collective amnesia" that ignores the Palestinian commemoration of May 15 as Al-Nakba, the day Palestinians remember the forced expulsion or deaths in 1948, of almost 70% of the Palestinian population living then in what has become the state of Israel.
SHARE Sunday, March 18, 2012 The View From Israel/US In 1977 and 2012
Israeli settlements built illegally in the West Bank, housed 10,000 Jewish settlers in 1977. In 2012 that total now approaches 500,000 settlers.
In 2012, Israel's hasbara (propaganda) operation reaches deep into American society, shaping the perspective of media and political leaders where money determines allegiance.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 19, 2013 At Boston Interfaith Service, Obama Calls for Justice and Compassion
President Obama and other speakers at Monday's interfaith service, rose to the occasion to inspire the nation. In contrast, some conservative media outlets rushed to judgments that were irresponsible and damaging to the innocent. It is better that we end this week lifted by the power of faith, not dragged down by the destructiveness of revenge.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 26, 2012 Which Matters Most, AIPAC's Power, or Rachel Corrie's Death?
Before this year's ninth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC, will hold it annual Policy Conference, March 4-6 in DC. These two events recur every year. The annual gathering of AIPAC receives considerable media attention, while the anniversary of the death of a young American working for peace through a non-violent protest, registers hardly a blip.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 14, 2012 "The fate of human dignity is in our hands"
Human dignity for the Palestinian people is in the hands of the world in 2013. Barack Obama knows that he and his nation play an essential role in delivering that dignity to the Palestinian people. Benign neglect will not be his policy.
SHARE 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 21, 2014 A Fan Base Lament: "Say it ain't so, Senator"
Warren's progressive political base was stunned when she embraced Israel's rationale for its invasion. To a major segment of Warren's political base, an endorsement of Israel's continued immoral and brutal conduct in the invasions and the ongoing occupation, is felt as betrayal of the highest order.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 24, 2014 Unity Agreement Evokes Israeli-U.S. Threats
The JTA has more to report from from the playground: "In addition, Israel will respond to unilateral Palestinian action with a series of measures." And what, pray tell, would those responses be? You want your school lunch money? You want your backpack? Then play by our rules, kid, or go home.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 20, 2015 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.
SHARE Friday, March 15, 2013 Khalidi to Obama: Time For a New Course
The President traveled to Israel as a candidate in 2008. His first presidential trip next week will set the tone for his entire second term foreign policy. It is a far more serious journey this time because he is facing an international growing sense of outrage over Israel's occupation, and its refusal to change course.
SHARE Thursday, February 28, 2013 Hagel Confirmed Despite Petulant Senators
Neoconservative Republicans are rejoicing because the Pentagon is now in the hands of a leader they claim to have personally weakened. The start of Obama's second term is the right time for him to instruct his new team at Defense, State and the CIA, to terminate this practice of technological, sophisticated delivery of death.
SHARE Thursday, September 11, 2014 U.S. Fear/War Mongers Win This Round
The fear/war mongers got to the New York Times editorial board between May 23, 2013 and September 10, 2014. The Times and President Obama both gave in to the wrong people. What remains to be seen is how long and how many deaths, will it take for them to acknowledge their joint mistake.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 16, 2016 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.
SHARE Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Searching for Justice In Church and On Campus
A group calling itself J Street U in a campus BDS debate? Where did that come from? It came, of course, from that parental liberal Zionist lobby group which calls itself J Street and goes by the slogan, "Pro Israel, pro peace," without any reference to Palestinians.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Kerry Delays Orwellian Trip to Middle East
It is still too early to determine if the Obama-Kerry team will break with past administrations and stand up to Israel's domineering role not only in the Middle East but also in US domestic politics. In this regard, US actions following the Syrian strategy sessions will be revealing. Will Israel be allowed to push the US into greater involvement with the Syrian rebels?
SHARE Thursday, February 7, 2013 GOP Descends Into Its Winter of Discontent
With their obsession with Israel and Iraq, the Republican senators gave the public a reminder of the power of the Israel Lobby in Washington. They proved to be more dedicated to the state of Israel than to the country which they are supposed to serve. The GOP's "winter of discontent" has just begun.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Obama's UN Call For "The Right To Practice Free Speech" Does Not Embrace Beit Ommar
For the past three years non-violent Palestinian protests, in and around Beit Ommar, have been conducted against Jewish settlements, built, illegally, on Palestinian land. During this week, in which Obama spoke to the UN of "the right to practice free speech," two of those Beit Ommar families received intense Israeli attention.
SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Peace Talks Begin Despite Political Resistance
The first session of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in Jerusalem's King David Hotel.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, will represent their respective sides.US envoy Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, will chair the meeting. A second working session is planned for "later this month" in the West Bank city of Jericho.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 17, 2013 Election Could Push Israel Further To The Right
If Bayit Yehudi does vault from three to as many as 15 Knesset seats, be prepared to hear more from Naftli Bennett. Based on his well-publicized positions, what we hear will not bode well for peace in the Middle East. And it most certainly would not not bode well for a Palestinian population's desire for political justice.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 11, 2013 Take It to the Bank, Hagel Will Win
The war against Chuck Hagel followed a predictable pattern. It will end soon when the U.S. Senate votes to confirm Hagel as President Barack Obama's next defense secretary. This is one of those rare occasions in American politics when you may "take it to the bank," that in a struggle between a U.S. presidential nominee, and the pro-Israel lobby, the presidential nominee will win.
SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Is Israel Serious About Peace?
The John Kerry-moderated peace negotiations will continue. Public opinion wants it that way. Can we expect new Israeli housing construction in the West Bank to stop during these talks? Will there be a halt to night raids that terrify Palestinian children and kill their parents? Don't count on it. The peace talks are a good gig for Israel.
SHARE Monday, October 28, 2013 "Laying by time" Gives Diplomacy a Chance
Obama's three major foreign policy agenda items -- Syria's civil war and its chemical weapons cache; the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; and nuclear talks with Iran -- has the potential to make a distant bad memory of President Bush's "shock and awe" foreign policy. Obama knows the American public is weary of war. The Bush days of shoot first and talk later, should be behind us.