Methodist minister Rev. James M. Wall, a former editor of Christian Century and long time columnist for the magazine, has demonstrated yet again that he cannot be trusted to get it right when it comes to issues related to the Jewish State.
The article prompted Jewish leaders from
The Original Article
In the original article, titled “Peace Brokers,” Rev. Wall stated that Pres. Bush is not an honest broker between the Israelis and the Palestinians because he regards
this became obvious when he declared that Annapolis has to be a Jewish state, a position that Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat immediately rejected. Erekat knows that officially declaring Israel a Jewish state when 1.5 million Arab Israelis are within its borders is a contradiction in terms. Israel
Taking advantage of the privilege of immediate reply (a privilege Christian Century’s editors often grant to Rev. Wall when he is subjected to criticism for his distorted columns regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict), the columnist wrote the following:
I am in accord with President Harry Truman, who in 1948 was handed a statement from his staff which said that the
government recognized and endorsed the creation of “the Jewish State.” He crossed out the words “Jewish State” and wrote, “State of Israel.” Only then did he sign his name. U.S.To say that is a “homeland” for the Jews is to ignore the reality that within its borders there are 1.4 million Arabs with (second class) citizenship papers. These citizens are not Jewish by ethnicity or religion. Israel has existed as the state of Israel since 1948 when it received its endorsement through the United Nations and from President Truman. Israel
/o:p>The Actual Document
< /o:p>The Actual Document
Fortunately, the document to which Rev. Wall refers is available online. It is only two sentences long, and does include some textual emendations made by Pres. Harry Truman.
Pres. Truman, did in fact, cross out the words “Jewish State” in the sentence which originally read, “The
After Pres. Truman’s changes, the sentence reads: “The
The document in question, however, begins with the following sentence:
This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in
, and recognition has been requested by the [provisional] Government thereof.” (Emphasis added. Pres. Truman inserted by hand the word “provisional.”) Palestine
Rev. Wall’s assertion that
Another relevant document is
This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable. This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.
Pres. Truman did not deny Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state at its creation. The United Nations did not deny Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state at its creation.
What does it mean?
While Rev. Wall’s distortion is problematic, it confirms that the longtime columnist for the house organ of mainline Protestantism in the
In a world in which the Arab League of States has 22 members and in which the Organization of the Islamic Conference has 56 members, Rev. Wall denies the legitimacy of
Apparently, for Rev. Wall, Muslim states with sizeable Christian minorities are tolerable, as are Arab states with sizeable non-Arab minorities. But according to Rev. Wall, one Jewish state with Arab, Muslim and Christian minorities is not tolerable because ostensibly this is “a contradiction in terms.”
Rev. Wall’s objection is to Jewish sovereignty, even as he insists on sovereignty for Palestinians.