Looks like we’ve got another anti-Israel activist who likes to go dredging around in the muck, and this one may come as a surprise to some. It’s James Wall, the former long-time editor-in-chief of the Christian Century, and it appears that he’s been hitting the pages of my favorite sludge-bucket:
Stephen Lendman, a Research Associate of the Center for Research on Globalization reported in Veterans Today that the New York Times gives its typical pro-Israel slant on Clinton’s offer.
He writing about the offer that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu last week that would be an incentive for him to reinstate the settlement freeze. But it isn’t the particulars of the column that are interesting, of course, but rather the sources. Veterans Today, as I’ve previously documented, is home to a variety of anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, and 9/11 Truthers. Why Wall, supposedly reputable journalist, is getting information through its slimy pages is for you to decide.
Then there’s the author of the particular article that Wall cites. Stephen Lendman bills himself as a “retired small businessman” of “progressive” inclinations. He has, among other things, referred in his Internet writings to Barack Obama as a “war criminal” and “neo-conservative” (!), to the Dalai Lama as a “covert CIA asset,” to convicted terrorist-enabler Lynne Stewart as a “heroic human rights lawyer,” and has written as a serial apologist for Hugo Chavez and various terrorists such as the men who plotted to attack Fort Dix. He’s written articles with titles such as:
•”Ethnically Cleansing East Jerusalem: Israel plans to totally Judaize East Jerusalem”
•”Class Warfare Jeopardizing American Workers Rights: Obama’s deficit cutting scheme is to take a giant leap toward ending all social benefits, especially Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid”
•”Lurching Toward Gomorrah: Growing Israeli Fascism”
•”America: Land of Police State Persecution” (complete with photo of Nazi courtroom)
•”Pro-Zionism–Defending the Indefensible: Defending Zionism is like defending cancer”
In other words, Lendman is the worst kind of kook, a Workers World Party-type (if not member) who supports some of the world’s most despotic regimes at the same time that he calls Israel a racist, fascist apartheid state. This is the kind of writer James Wall feels comfortable quoting, after reading his writing in a cesspool like Veterans Today. And Wall is still considered a respectable voice in the mainline churches.
Oh, and by the way: I was alerted to Wall’s article by the Facebook page of the PCUSA’s Israel Palestine Mission Network. Big surprise, huh?
UPDATED: Well, that explains it. It isn’t that James Wall is Dumpster-diving. He lives in the Dumpster. Via my friend Viola Larson, it turns out that he is a “contributor” on a sister site of Veterans Today called My Catbird Seat, which is run by an anti-Semite named Debbie Menon, a Dubai-based freelance writer who also happens to be a “featured staff writer” for VT. The “About” for My Catbird Seat, which Wall presumably agrees with, says this among other things:
We are committed to exposing the Zionist Lobbies control of American policy for the Middle East.
Control which amounts to treason by the Zionist Lobbies in America and its stooges in Congress, and that guarantees there can never be a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only catastrophe for all, in the region and the world.
Menon herself wrote at My Catbird Seat earlier this year:
This is the way the world is, and this is Israel, the remorseless, unprincipled barbaric in the most and truest sense, of nations. I think the ruthless barbaric sense of superiority and invincibility Israel is, is in the myth of their “Nation” if not their blood, for there is no such thing as an ethnic or blood Jew or “people.” These God’s chosen people? My God!
I tire of this charade, and it is time someone began calling these shenanigans, what it is, spades are spades, and naming Zionist Israelis for what they are and, not simply calling them to account, but going to their house, knocking on their door, dragging them out, holding their feet to the fire and calling them to account… at the end of a figurative rope if necessary, and virtual ropes if at all possible!
James Wall is still listed as a contributing editor of the Christian Century. I don’t care how long he was in charge there–if that magazine wishes to maintain any credibility at all when it reports or opines on Middle East issues, it should discharge Wall immediately. Whether he is an anti-Semite himself is irrelevant. He has inextricably linked and identified himself with them through the sites he writes for and uses as sources. He is a blot on the Christian Century, and on the mainline churches that have looked to him for journalistic wisdom.