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Another woman who rocked..... "Grace Halsell was the daughter of a West Texas cattleman whose curiosity about “a wider world” led her to write books about her trans-racial adventures–the most famous occurring at the height of the civil rights movement when she impersonated a black woman in the Deep South–has died. She wrote of her experiences pretending to be a black woman in Mississippi in the 1969 book “Soul Sister.” In other books she told of how she adopted the traditional garb of a Navajo woman and assumed the desperate strivings of a Mexican immigrant illegally crossing into the United States in the 1970s. In the 1980s, depo medrol in us she went undercover with a group of Christian fundamentalists. Not everyone was impressed by the extremes she took to find out. But remarking on her jarring transformations, depo medrol in us Gore Vidal once said of Halsell: “She has led the most interesting and courageous life–or lives–of any American of our time.” "She hunted lions in Paraguay, depo medrol in us traversed the Amazon by tug and shared a fishing junk with a family of 28 in the waters off Hong Kong. Depo medrol in us The articles she wrote were printed in newspapers throughout the Southwest. By the mid-1960s she was a reporter in the Washington bureau of the Houston Post. At a news conference, depo medrol in us President Lyndon Johnson recruited her to join his White House staff. Depo medrol in us Although he didn’t say so at first, depo medrol in us he really wanted her to be his secretary. When he asked if she took dictation, depo medrol in us she said, depo medrol in us “No.” Halsell eventually took a position writing his official statements and was the highest-ranking woman on his staff during her three years there. Shortly after the Rev. Depo medrol in us Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, depo medrol in us Halsell left the White House, depo medrol in us intent on a journey she described as “embracing the Other."  Author of above article:  Elaine Woo/Los Angeles Times  Connie's note: I had not heard of Grace until I came across a couple of her pieces unexpectedly.   What I like most about Ms. Depo medrol in us Halsell's writing is the fact she writes from personal experience. Depo medrol in us Halsell went directly where the action was, depo medrol in us immersed herself as one of the 'herd', depo medrol in us whether she joined a Christian Fundamentalist group, depo medrol in us an African American community of women, depo medrol in us or a Jewish kibbutz in Israel. Depo medrol in us I wanted to share one of her articles.  Coming from a Christian background, depo medrol in us I found it compelling. xoxo  What Christians Don’t Know About Israel American Jews sympathetic to Israel dominate key positions in all areas of our government where decisions are made regarding the Middle East. Depo medrol in us This being the case, depo medrol in us is there any hope of ever changing U.S. Depo medrol in us policy? President Bill Clinton as well as most members of Congress support Israel — and they know why. Depo medrol in us U.S. Depo medrol in us Jews sympathetic to Israel donate lavishly to their campaign coffers. Depo medrol in us . The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere — among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. Depo medrol in us This group is the vast majority of Americans. Depo medrol in us They are well-meaning, depo medrol in us fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel — and Zionism — often from atavistic feelings, depo medrol in us in some cases dating from childhood. I am one of those. Depo medrol in us I grew up listening to stories of a mystical, depo medrol in us allegorical, depo medrol in us spiritual Israel. Depo medrol in us This was before a modern political entity with the same name appeared on our maps. Depo medrol in us I attended Sunday School and watched an instructor draw down window-type shades to show maps of the Holy Land. Depo medrol in us I imbibed stories of a Good and Chosen people who fought against their Bad “unChosen” enemies. In my early 20s, depo medrol in us I began traveling the world, depo medrol in us earning my living as a writer. Depo medrol in us I came to the subject of the Middle East rather late in my career. Depo medrol in us I was sadly lacking in knowledge regarding the area. Depo medrol in us About all I knew was what I had learned in Sunday School. And typical of many U.S. Depo medrol in us Christians, depo medrol in us I somehow considered a modern state created in 1948 as a homeland for Jews persecuted under the Nazis as a replica of the spiritual, depo medrol in us mystical Israel I heard about as a child. Depo medrol in us When in 1979 I initially went to Jerusalem, depo medrol in us I planned to write about the three great monotheistic religions and leave out politics. Depo medrol in us “Not write about politics?” scoffed one Palestinian, depo medrol in us smoking a waterpipe in the Old Walled City. Depo medrol in us “We eat politics, depo medrol in us morning, depo medrol in us noon and night!” As I would learn, depo medrol in us the politics is about land, depo medrol in us and the co-claimants to that land: the indigenous Palestinians who have lived there for 2, depo medrol in us000 years and the Jews who started arriving in large numbers after the Second World War. Depo medrol in us By living among Israeli Jews as well as Palestinian Christians and Muslims, depo medrol in us I saw, depo medrol in us heard, depo medrol in us smelled, depo medrol in us experienced the police state tactics Israelis use against Palestinians. My research led to a book entitled Journey to Jerusalem. Depo medrol in us My journey not only was enlightening to me as regards Israel, depo medrol in us but also I came to a deeper, depo medrol in us and sadder, depo medrol in us understanding of my own country. Depo medrol in us I say sadder understanding because I began to see that, depo medrol in us in Middle East politics, depo medrol in us we the people are not making the decisions, depo medrol in us but rather that supporters of Israel are doing so. Depo medrol in us And typical of most Americans, depo medrol in us I tended to think the U.S. Depo medrol in us media was “free” to print news impartially. "It shouldn’t be published. Depo medrol in us It’s anti-Israel." In the late 1970s, depo medrol in us when I first went to Jerusalem, depo medrol in us I was unaware that editors could and would classify “news” depending on who was doing what to whom. Depo medrol in us On my initial visit to Israel-Palestine, depo medrol in us I had interviewed dozens of young Palestinian men. Depo medrol in us About one in four related stories of torture. Israeli police had come in the night, depo medrol in us dragged them from their beds and placed hoods over their heads. Depo medrol in us Then in jails the Israelis had kept them in isolation, depo medrol in us besieged them with loud, depo medrol in us incessant noises, depo medrol in us hung them upside down and had sadistically mutilated their genitals. Depo medrol in us I had not read such stories in the U.S. Depo medrol in us media. Depo medrol in us Wasn’t it news? Obviously, depo medrol in us I naively thought, depo medrol in us U.S. Depo medrol in us editors simply didn’t know it was happening. On a trip to Washington, depo medrol in us DC, depo medrol in us I hand-delivered a letter to Frank Mankiewicz, depo medrol in us then head of the public radio station WETA. Depo medrol in us I explained I had taped interviews with Palestinians who had been brutally tortured. Depo medrol in us And I’d make them available to him. Depo medrol in us I got no reply. Depo medrol in us I made several phone calls. Depo medrol in us Eventually I was put through to a public relations person, depo medrol in us a Ms. Depo medrol in us Cohen, depo medrol in us who said my letter had been lost. Depo medrol in us I wrote again. Depo medrol in us In time I began to realize what I hadn’t known: had it been Jews who were strung up and tortured, depo medrol in us it would be news. Depo medrol in us But interviews with tortured Arabs were “lost” at WETA. The process of getting my book Journey to Jerusalem published also was a learning experience. Depo medrol in us Bill Griffin, depo medrol in us who signed a contract with me on behalf of MacMillan Publishing Company, depo medrol in us was a former Roman Catholic priest. Depo medrol in us He assured me that no one other than himself would edit the book. Depo medrol in us As I researched the book, depo medrol in us making several trips to Israel and Palestine, depo medrol in us I met frequently with Griffin, depo medrol in us showing him sample chapters. Depo medrol in us “Terrific, depo medrol in us” he said of my material. The day the book was scheduled to be published, depo medrol in us I went to visit MacMillan’s. Depo medrol in us Checking in at a reception desk, depo medrol in us I spotted Griffin across a room, depo medrol in us cleaning out his desk. Depo medrol in us His secretary Margie came to greet me. Depo medrol in us In tears, depo medrol in us she whispered for me to meet her in the ladies room. Depo medrol in us When we were alone, depo medrol in us she confided, depo medrol in us “He’s been fired.” She indicated it was because he had signed a contract for a book that was sympathetic to Palestinians. Depo medrol in us Griffin, depo medrol in us she said, depo medrol in us had no time to see me. Later, depo medrol in us I met with another MacMillan official, depo medrol in us William Curry. Depo medrol in us “I was told to take your manuscript to the Israeli Embassy, depo medrol in us to let them read it for mistakes, depo medrol in us” he told me. Depo medrol in us “They were not pleased. Depo medrol in us They asked me, depo medrol in us ‘You are not going to publish this book, depo medrol in us are you?’ I asked, depo medrol in us ‘Were there mistakes?’ ‘ Not mistakes as such. Depo medrol in us But it shouldn’t be published. Depo medrol in us It’s anti-Israel.’” Somehow, depo medrol in us despite obstacles to prevent it, depo medrol in us the presses had started rolling. Depo medrol in us After its publication in 1980, depo medrol in us I was invited to speak in a number of churches. Depo medrol in us Christians generally reacted with disbelief. Depo medrol in us Back then, depo medrol in us there was little or no coverage of Israeli land confiscation, depo medrol in us demolition of Palestinian homes, depo medrol in us wanton arrests and torture of Palestinian civilians. The Same Question Speaking of these injustices, depo medrol in us I invariably heard the same question, depo medrol in us “How come I didn’t know this?” Or someone might ask, depo medrol in us “But I haven’t read about that in my newspaper.” To these church audiences, depo medrol in us I related my own learning experience, depo medrol in us that of seeing hordes of U.S. Depo medrol in us correspondents covering a relatively tiny state. Depo medrol in us I pointed out that I had not seen so many reporters in world capitals such as Beijing, depo medrol in us Moscow, depo medrol in us London, depo medrol in us Tokyo, depo medrol in us Paris. Depo medrol in us Why, depo medrol in us I asked, depo medrol in us did a small state with a 1980 population of only four million warrant more reporters than China, depo medrol in us with a billion people? I also linked this query with my findings that The New York Times , depo medrol in us The Wall Street Journal, depo medrol in us The Washington Post — and most of our nation’s print media — are owned and/or controlled by Jews supportive of Israel. Depo medrol in us It was for this reason, depo medrol in us I deduced, depo medrol in us that they sent so many reporters to cover Israe l— and to do so largely from the Israeli point of view. My learning experiences also included coming to realize how easily I could lose a Jewish friend if I criticized the Jewish state. Depo medrol in us I could with impunity criticize France, depo medrol in us England, depo medrol in us Russia, depo medrol in us even the United States. Depo medrol in us And any aspect of life in America. Depo medrol in us But not the Jewish state. I lost more Jewish friends than one after the publication of Journey to Jerusalem — all sad losses for me and one, depo medrol in us perhaps, depo medrol in us saddest of all. In the 1960s and 1970s, depo medrol in us before going to the Middle East, depo medrol in us I had written about the plight of blacks in a book entitled Soul Sister, depo medrol in us and the plight of American Indians in a book entitled Bessie Yellowhair, depo medrol in us and the problems endured by undocumented workers crossing from Mexico in The Illegals. These books had come to the attention of the “mother” of The New York Times, depo medrol in us Mrs. Depo medrol in us Arthur Hays Sulzberger. Her father had started the newspaper, depo medrol in us then her husband ran it, depo medrol in us and in the years that I knew her, depo medrol in us her son was the publisher. Depo medrol in us She invited me to her fashionable apartment on Fifth Avenue for lunches and dinner parties. Depo medrol in us And, depo medrol in us on many occasions, depo medrol in us I was a weekend guest at her Greenwich, depo medrol in us Conn. Depo medrol in us home. She was liberal-minded and praised my efforts to speak for the underdog, depo medrol in us even going so far in one letter to say, depo medrol in us “You are the most remarkable woman I ever knew.” I had little concept that from being buoyed so high I could be dropped so suddenly when I discovered — from her point of view — the “wrong” underdog. As it happened, depo medrol in us I was a weekend guest in her spacious Connecticut home when she read bound galleys of Journey to Jerusalem. Depo medrol in us As I was leaving, depo medrol in us she handed the galleys back with a saddened look: “My dear, depo medrol in us have you forgotten the Holocaust?” She felt that what happened in Nazi Germany to Jews several decades earlier should silence any criticism of the Jewish state. Depo medrol in us She could focus on a holocaust of Jews while negating a modern day holocaust of Palestinians. I realized, depo medrol in us quite painfully, depo medrol in us that our friendship was ending. Depo medrol in us Iphigene Sulzberger had not only invited me to her home to meet her famous friends but, depo medrol in us also at her suggestion, depo medrol in us The Times had requested articles. Depo medrol in us I wrote op-ed articles on various subjects including American blacks, depo medrol in us American Indians as well as undocumented workers. Depo medrol in us Since Mrs. Depo medrol in us Sulzberger and other Jewish officials at the Times highly praised my efforts to help these groups of oppressed peoples, depo medrol in us the dichotomy became apparent: most “liberal” U.S. Depo medrol in us Jews stand on the side of all poor and oppressed peoples save one — the Palestinians. How handily these liberal Jewish opinion-molders tend to diminish the Palestinians, depo medrol in us to make them invisible, depo medrol in us or to categorize them all as “terrorists.” Interestingly, depo medrol in us Iphigene Sulzberger had talked to me a great deal about her father, depo medrol in us Adolph S. Depo medrol in us Ochs. Depo medrol in us She told me that he was not one of the early Zionists. Depo medrol in us He had not favored the creation of a Jewish state. Yet, depo medrol in us increasingly, depo medrol in us American Jews have fallen victim to Zionism, depo medrol in us a nationalistic movement that passes for many as a religion. Depo medrol in us While the ethical instructions of all great religions — including the teachings of Moses, depo medrol in us Muhammad and Christ — stress that all human beings are equal, depo medrol in us militant Zionists take the position that the killing of a non-Jew does not count. Over five decades now, depo medrol in us Zionists have killed Palestinians with impunity. Depo medrol in us And in the 1996 shelling of a U.N. Depo medrol in us base in Qana, depo medrol in us Lebanon, depo medrol in us the Israelis killed more than 100 civilians sheltered there. Depo medrol in us As an Israeli journalist, depo medrol in us Arieh Shavit, depo medrol in us explains of the massacre, depo medrol in us “We believe with absolute certitude that right now, depo medrol in us with the White House in our hands, depo medrol in us the Senate in our hands and The New York Times in our hands, depo medrol in us the lives of others do not count the same way as our own.” Israelis today, depo medrol in us explains the anti-Zionist Jew Israel Shahak, depo medrol in us “are not basing their religion on the ethics of justice. Depo medrol in us They do not accept the Old Testament as it is written. Depo medrol in us Rather, depo medrol in us religious Jews turn to the Talmud. Depo medrol in us For them, depo medrol in us the Talmudic Jewish laws become ‘the Bible.’ And the Talmud teaches that a Jew can kill a non-Jew with impunity.” In the teachings of Christ, depo medrol in us there was a break from such Talmudic teachings. Depo medrol in us He sought to heal the wounded, depo medrol in us to comfort the downtrodden. The danger, depo medrol in us of course, depo medrol in us for U.S. Depo medrol in us Christians is that having made an icon of Israel, depo medrol in us we fall into a trap of condoning whatever Israel does — even wanton murder—as orchestrated by God. Yet, depo medrol in us I am not alone in suggesting that the churches in the United States represent the last major organized support for Palestinian rights. Depo medrol in us This imperative is due in part to our historic links to the Land of Christ and in part to the moral issues involved with having our tax dollars fund Israeli-government-approved violations of human rights. While Israel and its dedicated U.S. Depo medrol in us Jewish supporters know they have the president and most of Congress in their hands, depo medrol in us they worry about grassroots America — the well-meaning Christians who care for justice. Depo medrol in us Thus far, depo medrol in us most Christians were unaware of what it was they didn’t know about Israel. Depo medrol in us They were indoctrinated by U.S. Depo medrol in us supporters of Israel in their own country and when they traveled to the Land of Christ most all did so under Israeli sponsorship. Depo medrol in us That being the case, depo medrol in us it was unlikely a Christian ever met a Palestinian or learned what caused the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is gradually changing, depo medrol in us however. Depo medrol in us And this change disturbs the Israelis. Depo medrol in us As an example, depo medrol in us delegates attending a Christian Sabeel conference in Bethlehem earlier this year said they were harassed by Israeli security at the Tel Aviv airport. “They asked us, depo medrol in us” said one delegate, depo medrol in us “‘Why did you use a Palestinian travel agency? Why didn’t you use an Israeli agency?’” The interrogation was so extensive and hostile that Sabeel leaders called a special session to brief the delegates on how to handle the harassment. Depo medrol in us Obviously, depo medrol in us said one delegate, depo medrol in us “The Israelis have a policy to discourage us from visiting the Holy Land except under their sponsorship. Depo medrol in us They don’t want Christians to start learning all they have never known about Israel.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Washington, depo medrol in us DC-based writer Grace Halsell is the author of 14 books, depo medrol in us including Journey to Jerusalem and Prophecy and Politics.