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“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”

Rodgers and Hammerstein released their timeless musical, South Pacific in 1949.  It burst on the post-WWII American society freshly aware of the people of the Pacific islands because of the war with Japan.  Two people falling in love struggle with … Continue reading

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Why Did the Arab Spring Become Winter—that American Might Can’t Fix?

Yesterday President Obama kicked back to Congress the decision to punish the Assad government of Syria,  Chemical warfare notwithstanding, most Americans do not want another Iraq which again spirals toward civil war despite our efforts:  the tragic loss of  American … Continue reading

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“Living Stones,” More Than A Book

The phrase is well known to many around the world who concern themselves with the tumult in the Middle East in general, and Israel/Palestine in particular.  Contrasting with the inanimate rocks forming ancient shrines, synagogues, mosques and churches, “living stones” … Continue reading

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“Security” for Israel? For Palestine?

What does the term security mean for a nation?    Safety, refuge from harm, protection?  Most countries now employ government agencies for internal and international defense against threats domestic and foreign.  In the U.S. think FBI and CIA.  In Israel its … Continue reading

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Holy Land Earthquake

Guidelines put out this week by the European Union caused shaking in Israel. http://www.scribd.com/doc/154273042/Guidelines-on-IL-and-EU-Funding-Instruments “A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the new ruling, which was published on June 30, as an “earthquake.” http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.535952 First a little … Continue reading

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Shoah, Nakba and Re-writing History

Catastrophe or “Shoah” in Hebrew refers in Israel to the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, the   systematic extermination of six million Jewish people during WWII.  The preserved death camps, Auschwitz and others lie in silent evidence of the horror of that … Continue reading

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The Tension Grows

The good news—he still has a job.  The bad news—he hasn’t been paid now for three months.  Our Palestinian friend had introduced us proudly to a family in their new house last summer.  (The old one, an adjacent pile of … Continue reading

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