Ignorance is Bliss

You’ve heard people say it. You’ve probably even said it yourself. Here’s the thing though. Ignorance is anything but bliss. Ignorance is intelligence ignored.  You know what’s bliss? A very low IQ is bliss. If you have a very low capacity for new knowledge you will be unable to comprehend what’s going on around you. […]

Five Minutes For Change

If I were king of the world I’d arrange for everyone to spend 5 minutes in this man’s presence. His name is Mazin Qumsiyeh. Here is what he wrote today: http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2017/03/basil-of-al-walaja-rip.html

In Times Like These

“When I kept silence, my  body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” Today, as we face 100 degree plus temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest, these words from verses 3 and 4 […]

Boycott Israeli Settlements

Is Israel is “our best friend in the Middle East?” No. They are not. Is our only option with ISIS to try to kill them? Nope. Do you think “the church” is largely irrelevant in today’s world?  It’s not. And further, if you think boycotting and divesting from and sanctioning the Apartheid regime in South […]


On several trips to Palestine and Israel I’ve always been impressed with how Christ-like the few Christians remaining there are. They love their neighbors. Unfortunately the same cannot always be said about Christians here in the United States. I’ll let you call to mind your own experience of this unfortunate fact. Most people would say […]


I was in East Jerusalem the day Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office announced he would be coming to Israel (West Jerusalem) “to speak at a museum ground-breaking.”   Four days later I walked 3 blocks from our hotel in Palestine (East Jerusalem) and stood on the spot where the museum will be built.  What the Western Press has […]


Consider this:  In Hebrew messenger and angel are the same word. Back in 2004 Howard Dean wasn’t being ‘un-presidential’ with his outburst so much as he was just being his passionate self!  He was doing exactly what he said he was doing.  He was showing his appreciation and support for the 3,500 young people who […]

What I Know

July 13, 2005 By Rev. John Newton Hickox [I am writing from the cigar bar in basement of American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem.] As you read this, please remember that often the most patriotic thing we can do is  question our government.  I’ve been accused of being an “anti-semite” for stating what you’ll read […]

Glimpses of Truth in American Media

Just when you thought there might be some progress in this geo-political maelstrom called the Middle East. For a wake-up call click here: http://www.nytimes.com/maelstrom NY Times headline says it all…”New Leaders Are Emerging For Al Qaeda” http://www.nytimes.com/leaders


I am sitting in the iconic Cigar Bar of the American Colony Hotel here in East Jerusalem. As I watched the coverage this morning of today’s suicide bombing on the very bus #14 I rode on Jaffa Street last August I am moved to make this humble request of you: Please say to everyone you […]