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I say sadder understanding because I began to see that, in Middle East politics, we the people are not making the decisions, but rather that supporters of Israel are doing so. In the late 1970s, when I first went to Jerusalem, I was unaware that editors could and would classify “news” depending on who was doing what to whom. Checking in at a reception desk, I spotted Griffin across a room, cleaning out his desk. In tears, she whispered for me to meet her in the ladies room. It’s anti-Israel.’” Somehow, despite obstacles to prevent it, the presses had started rolling.
I imbibed stories of a Good and Chosen people who fought against their Bad “un Chosen” enemies.In my early 20s, I began traveling the world, earning my living as a writer.I came to the subject of the Middle East rather late in my career. In time I began to realize what I hadn’t known: had it been Jews who were strung up and tortured, it would be news.I was sadly lacking in knowledge regarding the area. Christians, I somehow considered a modern state created in 1948 as a homeland for Jews persecuted under the Nazis as a replica of the spiritual, mystical Israel I heard about as a child. Eventually I was put through to a public relations person, a Ms. But interviews with tortured Arabs were “lost” at WETA.Grace Halsell Washington Report on Middle East Affairs May/June 1998 American Jews sympathetic to Israel dominate key positions in all areas of our government where decisions are made regarding the Middle East. President Bill Clinton as well as most members of Congress support Israel—and they know why. The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere—among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. They are well-meaning, fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel—and Zionism—often from atavistic feelings, in some cases dating from childhood. I grew up listening to stories of a mystical, allegorical, spiritual Israel.This being the case, is there any hope of ever changing U. This was before a modern political entity with the same name appeared on our maps.
Jews sympathetic to Israel donate lavishly to their campaign coffers.
I attended Sunday School and watched an instructor draw down window-type shades to show maps of the Holy Land.
About all I knew was what I had learned in Sunday School. When in 1979 I initially went to Jerusalem, I planned to write about the three great monotheistic religions and leave out politics. ” scoffed one Palestinian, smoking a water pipe in the Old Walled City. ” As I would learn, the politics is about land, and the co-claimants to that land: the indigenous Palestinians who have lived there for 2,000 years and the Jews who started arriving in large numbers after the Second World War. On a trip to Washington, DC, I hand-delivered a letter to Frank Mankiewicz, then head of the public radio station WETA. The process of getting my book Journey to Jerusalem published also was a learning experience.
By living among Israeli Jews as well as Palestinian Christians and Muslims, I saw, heard, smelled, experienced the police state tactics Israelis use against Palestinians. I explained I had taped interviews with Palestinians who had been brutally tortured. Bill Griffin, who signed a contract with me on behalf of Mac Millan Publishing Company, was a former Roman Catholic priest.
My research led to a book entitled Journey to Jerusalem. He assured me that no one other than himself would edit the book.
My journey not only was enlightening to me as regards Israel, but also I came to a deeper, and sadder, understanding of my own country. As I researched the book, making several trips to Israel and Palestine, I met frequently with Griffin, showing him sample chapters. The day the book was scheduled to be published, I went to visit Mac Millan’s.