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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, glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample traversed the Amazon by tug and shared a fishing junk with a family of 28 in the waters off Hong Kong. Glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample President Lyndon Johnson recruited her to join his White House staff. Glucotrol xl free sample Although he didn’t say so at first, glucotrol xl free sample he really wanted her to be his secretary. When he asked if she took dictation, glucotrol xl free sample she said, glucotrol xl free sample “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. Glucotrol xl free sample Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, glucotrol xl free sample Halsell left the White House, glucotrol xl free sample 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. Glucotrol xl free sample Halsell's writing is the fact she writes from personal experience. Glucotrol xl free sample Halsell went directly where the action was, glucotrol xl free sample immersed herself as one of the 'herd', glucotrol xl free sample whether she joined a Christian Fundamentalist group, glucotrol xl free sample an African American community of women, glucotrol xl free sample or a Jewish kibbutz in Israel. Glucotrol xl free sample I wanted to share one of her articles.  Coming from a Christian background, glucotrol xl free sample 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. Glucotrol xl free sample This being the case, glucotrol xl free sample is there any hope of ever changing U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample policy? President Bill Clinton as well as most members of Congress support Israel — and they know why. Glucotrol xl free sample U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample Jews sympathetic to Israel donate lavishly to their campaign coffers. Glucotrol xl free sample . The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere — among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. Glucotrol xl free sample This group is the vast majority of Americans. Glucotrol xl free sample They are well-meaning, glucotrol xl free sample fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel — and Zionism — often from atavistic feelings, glucotrol xl free sample in some cases dating from childhood. I am one of those. Glucotrol xl free sample I grew up listening to stories of a mystical, glucotrol xl free sample allegorical, glucotrol xl free sample spiritual Israel. Glucotrol xl free sample This was before a modern political entity with the same name appeared on our maps. Glucotrol xl free sample I attended Sunday School and watched an instructor draw down window-type shades to show maps of the Holy Land. Glucotrol xl free sample I imbibed stories of a Good and Chosen people who fought against their Bad “unChosen” enemies. In my early 20s, glucotrol xl free sample I began traveling the world, glucotrol xl free sample earning my living as a writer. Glucotrol xl free sample I came to the subject of the Middle East rather late in my career. Glucotrol xl free sample I was sadly lacking in knowledge regarding the area. Glucotrol xl free sample About all I knew was what I had learned in Sunday School. And typical of many U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample Christians, glucotrol xl free sample I somehow considered a modern state created in 1948 as a homeland for Jews persecuted under the Nazis as a replica of the spiritual, glucotrol xl free sample mystical Israel I heard about as a child. Glucotrol xl free sample When in 1979 I initially went to Jerusalem, glucotrol xl free sample I planned to write about the three great monotheistic religions and leave out politics. Glucotrol xl free sample “Not write about politics?” scoffed one Palestinian, glucotrol xl free sample smoking a waterpipe in the Old Walled City. Glucotrol xl free sample “We eat politics, glucotrol xl free sample morning, glucotrol xl free sample noon and night!” As I would learn, glucotrol xl free sample the politics is about land, glucotrol xl free sample and the co-claimants to that land: the indigenous Palestinians who have lived there for 2, glucotrol xl free sample000 years and the Jews who started arriving in large numbers after the Second World War. Glucotrol xl free sample By living among Israeli Jews as well as Palestinian Christians and Muslims, glucotrol xl free sample I saw, glucotrol xl free sample heard, glucotrol xl free sample smelled, glucotrol xl free sample experienced the police state tactics Israelis use against Palestinians. My research led to a book entitled Journey to Jerusalem. Glucotrol xl free sample My journey not only was enlightening to me as regards Israel, glucotrol xl free sample but also I came to a deeper, glucotrol xl free sample and sadder, glucotrol xl free sample understanding of my own country. Glucotrol xl free sample I say sadder understanding because I began to see that, glucotrol xl free sample in Middle East politics, glucotrol xl free sample we the people are not making the decisions, glucotrol xl free sample but rather that supporters of Israel are doing so. Glucotrol xl free sample And typical of most Americans, glucotrol xl free sample I tended to think the U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample media was “free” to print news impartially. "It shouldn’t be published. Glucotrol xl free sample It’s anti-Israel." In the late 1970s, glucotrol xl free sample when I first went to Jerusalem, glucotrol xl free sample I was unaware that editors could and would classify “news” depending on who was doing what to whom. Glucotrol xl free sample On my initial visit to Israel-Palestine, glucotrol xl free sample I had interviewed dozens of young Palestinian men. Glucotrol xl free sample About one in four related stories of torture. Israeli police had come in the night, glucotrol xl free sample dragged them from their beds and placed hoods over their heads. Glucotrol xl free sample Then in jails the Israelis had kept them in isolation, glucotrol xl free sample besieged them with loud, glucotrol xl free sample incessant noises, glucotrol xl free sample hung them upside down and had sadistically mutilated their genitals. Glucotrol xl free sample I had not read such stories in the U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample media. Glucotrol xl free sample Wasn’t it news? Obviously, glucotrol xl free sample I naively thought, glucotrol xl free sample U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample editors simply didn’t know it was happening. On a trip to Washington, glucotrol xl free sample DC, glucotrol xl free sample I hand-delivered a letter to Frank Mankiewicz, glucotrol xl free sample then head of the public radio station WETA. Glucotrol xl free sample I explained I had taped interviews with Palestinians who had been brutally tortured. Glucotrol xl free sample And I’d make them available to him. Glucotrol xl free sample I got no reply. Glucotrol xl free sample I made several phone calls. Glucotrol xl free sample Eventually I was put through to a public relations person, glucotrol xl free sample a Ms. Glucotrol xl free sample Cohen, glucotrol xl free sample who said my letter had been lost. Glucotrol xl free sample I wrote again. Glucotrol xl free sample In time I began to realize what I hadn’t known: had it been Jews who were strung up and tortured, glucotrol xl free sample it would be news. Glucotrol xl free sample But interviews with tortured Arabs were “lost” at WETA. The process of getting my book Journey to Jerusalem published also was a learning experience. Glucotrol xl free sample Bill Griffin, glucotrol xl free sample who signed a contract with me on behalf of MacMillan Publishing Company, glucotrol xl free sample was a former Roman Catholic priest. Glucotrol xl free sample He assured me that no one other than himself would edit the book. Glucotrol xl free sample As I researched the book, glucotrol xl free sample making several trips to Israel and Palestine, glucotrol xl free sample I met frequently with Griffin, glucotrol xl free sample showing him sample chapters. Glucotrol xl free sample “Terrific, glucotrol xl free sample” he said of my material. The day the book was scheduled to be published, glucotrol xl free sample I went to visit MacMillan’s. Glucotrol xl free sample Checking in at a reception desk, glucotrol xl free sample I spotted Griffin across a room, glucotrol xl free sample cleaning out his desk. Glucotrol xl free sample His secretary Margie came to greet me. Glucotrol xl free sample In tears, glucotrol xl free sample she whispered for me to meet her in the ladies room. Glucotrol xl free sample When we were alone, glucotrol xl free sample she confided, glucotrol xl free sample “He’s been fired.” She indicated it was because he had signed a contract for a book that was sympathetic to Palestinians. Glucotrol xl free sample Griffin, glucotrol xl free sample she said, glucotrol xl free sample had no time to see me. Later, glucotrol xl free sample I met with another MacMillan official, glucotrol xl free sample William Curry. Glucotrol xl free sample “I was told to take your manuscript to the Israeli Embassy, glucotrol xl free sample to let them read it for mistakes, glucotrol xl free sample” he told me. Glucotrol xl free sample “They were not pleased. Glucotrol xl free sample They asked me, glucotrol xl free sample ‘You are not going to publish this book, glucotrol xl free sample are you?’ I asked, glucotrol xl free sample ‘Were there mistakes?’ ‘ Not mistakes as such. Glucotrol xl free sample But it shouldn’t be published. Glucotrol xl free sample It’s anti-Israel.’” Somehow, glucotrol xl free sample despite obstacles to prevent it, glucotrol xl free sample the presses had started rolling. Glucotrol xl free sample After its publication in 1980, glucotrol xl free sample I was invited to speak in a number of churches. Glucotrol xl free sample Christians generally reacted with disbelief. Glucotrol xl free sample Back then, glucotrol xl free sample there was little or no coverage of Israeli land confiscation, glucotrol xl free sample demolition of Palestinian homes, glucotrol xl free sample wanton arrests and torture of Palestinian civilians. The Same Question Speaking of these injustices, glucotrol xl free sample I invariably heard the same question, glucotrol xl free sample “How come I didn’t know this?” Or someone might ask, glucotrol xl free sample “But I haven’t read about that in my newspaper.” To these church audiences, glucotrol xl free sample I related my own learning experience, glucotrol xl free sample that of seeing hordes of U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample correspondents covering a relatively tiny state. 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My learning experiences also included coming to realize how easily I could lose a Jewish friend if I criticized the Jewish state. Glucotrol xl free sample I could with impunity criticize France, glucotrol xl free sample England, glucotrol xl free sample Russia, glucotrol xl free sample even the United States. Glucotrol xl free sample And any aspect of life in America. Glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample perhaps, glucotrol xl free sample saddest of all. In the 1960s and 1970s, glucotrol xl free sample before going to the Middle East, glucotrol xl free sample I had written about the plight of blacks in a book entitled Soul Sister, glucotrol xl free sample and the plight of American Indians in a book entitled Bessie Yellowhair, glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample Mrs. Glucotrol xl free sample Arthur Hays Sulzberger. Her father had started the newspaper, glucotrol xl free sample then her husband ran it, glucotrol xl free sample and in the years that I knew her, glucotrol xl free sample her son was the publisher. Glucotrol xl free sample She invited me to her fashionable apartment on Fifth Avenue for lunches and dinner parties. Glucotrol xl free sample And, glucotrol xl free sample on many occasions, glucotrol xl free sample I was a weekend guest at her Greenwich, glucotrol xl free sample Conn. Glucotrol xl free sample home. She was liberal-minded and praised my efforts to speak for the underdog, glucotrol xl free sample even going so far in one letter to say, glucotrol xl free sample “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, glucotrol xl free sample I was a weekend guest in her spacious Connecticut home when she read bound galleys of Journey to Jerusalem. Glucotrol xl free sample As I was leaving, glucotrol xl free sample she handed the galleys back with a saddened look: “My dear, glucotrol xl free sample 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. Glucotrol xl free sample She could focus on a holocaust of Jews while negating a modern day holocaust of Palestinians. I realized, glucotrol xl free sample quite painfully, glucotrol xl free sample that our friendship was ending. Glucotrol xl free sample Iphigene Sulzberger had not only invited me to her home to meet her famous friends but, glucotrol xl free sample also at her suggestion, glucotrol xl free sample The Times had requested articles. Glucotrol xl free sample I wrote op-ed articles on various subjects including American blacks, glucotrol xl free sample American Indians as well as undocumented workers. Glucotrol xl free sample Since Mrs. Glucotrol xl free sample Sulzberger and other Jewish officials at the Times highly praised my efforts to help these groups of oppressed peoples, glucotrol xl free sample the dichotomy became apparent: most “liberal” U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample to make them invisible, glucotrol xl free sample or to categorize them all as “terrorists.” Interestingly, glucotrol xl free sample Iphigene Sulzberger had talked to me a great deal about her father, glucotrol xl free sample Adolph S. Glucotrol xl free sample Ochs. Glucotrol xl free sample She told me that he was not one of the early Zionists. Glucotrol xl free sample He had not favored the creation of a Jewish state. Yet, glucotrol xl free sample increasingly, glucotrol xl free sample American Jews have fallen victim to Zionism, glucotrol xl free sample a nationalistic movement that passes for many as a religion. Glucotrol xl free sample While the ethical instructions of all great religions — including the teachings of Moses, glucotrol xl free sample Muhammad and Christ — stress that all human beings are equal, glucotrol xl free sample militant Zionists take the position that the killing of a non-Jew does not count. Over five decades now, glucotrol xl free sample Zionists have killed Palestinians with impunity. Glucotrol xl free sample And in the 1996 shelling of a U.N. Glucotrol xl free sample base in Qana, glucotrol xl free sample Lebanon, glucotrol xl free sample the Israelis killed more than 100 civilians sheltered there. Glucotrol xl free sample As an Israeli journalist, glucotrol xl free sample Arieh Shavit, glucotrol xl free sample explains of the massacre, glucotrol xl free sample “We believe with absolute certitude that right now, glucotrol xl free sample with the White House in our hands, glucotrol xl free sample the Senate in our hands and The New York Times in our hands, glucotrol xl free sample the lives of others do not count the same way as our own.” Israelis today, glucotrol xl free sample explains the anti-Zionist Jew Israel Shahak, glucotrol xl free sample “are not basing their religion on the ethics of justice. Glucotrol xl free sample They do not accept the Old Testament as it is written. Glucotrol xl free sample Rather, glucotrol xl free sample religious Jews turn to the Talmud. Glucotrol xl free sample For them, glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample there was a break from such Talmudic teachings. Glucotrol xl free sample He sought to heal the wounded, glucotrol xl free sample to comfort the downtrodden. The danger, glucotrol xl free sample of course, glucotrol xl free sample for U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample Christians is that having made an icon of Israel, glucotrol xl free sample we fall into a trap of condoning whatever Israel does — even wanton murder—as orchestrated by God. Yet, glucotrol xl free sample I am not alone in suggesting that the churches in the United States represent the last major organized support for Palestinian rights. Glucotrol xl free sample 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. Glucotrol xl free sample Jewish supporters know they have the president and most of Congress in their hands, glucotrol xl free sample they worry about grassroots America — the well-meaning Christians who care for justice. Glucotrol xl free sample Thus far, glucotrol xl free sample most Christians were unaware of what it was they didn’t know about Israel. Glucotrol xl free sample They were indoctrinated by U.S. Glucotrol xl free sample supporters of Israel in their own country and when they traveled to the Land of Christ most all did so under Israeli sponsorship. Glucotrol xl free sample That being the case, glucotrol xl free sample it was unlikely a Christian ever met a Palestinian or learned what caused the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is gradually changing, glucotrol xl free sample however. Glucotrol xl free sample And this change disturbs the Israelis. Glucotrol xl free sample As an example, glucotrol xl free sample 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, glucotrol xl free sample” said one delegate, glucotrol xl free sample “‘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. Glucotrol xl free sample Obviously, glucotrol xl free sample said one delegate, glucotrol xl free sample “The Israelis have a policy to discourage us from visiting the Holy Land except under their sponsorship. Glucotrol xl free sample They don’t want Christians to start learning all they have never known about Israel.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Washington, glucotrol xl free sample DC-based writer Grace Halsell is the author of 14 books, glucotrol xl free sample including Journey to Jerusalem and Prophecy and Politics.