Responsabilité Française

star-France-Israel-150France-Israel not lovers/not friends

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the decision to vote in favour of a UNESCO report that ignores any Jewish link to Jerusalem was a ‘mistake’. French President Francois Hollande says it was a ‘misunderstanding’ and promises France ‘will not support any similar resolutions in the future’. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says ‘it should not have been adopted’.

Then, France votes at the annual assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) for a resolution that singles out Israel for censure, and no other country, for creating supposed health violations.

“They have no shame,” said Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu referring to UNESCO. “With this kind of vote they want us to come to a peace conference in Paris and believe that it will be fair, logical and objective?”

Actually the PM was wrong. The ministerial-level talks will host the US, Russia, the EU and the UN, as well as the Arab League, the UN Security Council and about 20 countries, without Israeli or Palestinian participation. Guilt will be determined in absentia.

Some questions no one seems to be asking

Does anyone have any doubt this conference is designed to force an independent Palestinian state on Israel against the wishes of its elected government and its people and ease the way for sanctions (or worse) if it doesn’t cooperate? We can only hope that like Climate Control Conferences the results will have plenty of virtue signalling but no real teeth.

If I had the chance I would ask the French some questions starting with,

What is the responsibility of the French when the Palestinian State collapses?

The collapse could be military when Hamas battle Fatah for control as they did after Israel left Gaza.

Or it might be economic. Palestine exists on charity, much of which is siphoned away by corruption, now has to stand on its own feet and discovers it really has no economic basis. France does intend to stop financing the Palestinians at some point, doesn’t it?

Or it might simply be that the state turns into yet another recently independent, failed state with proclaimed good intentions but without the institutions to support it. The Palestinian State tomorrow could end up looking like the Palestinian State of today. Not that the ‘human rights community would necessarily notice/

What is the responsibility of the French when rockets start targeting 80% of Israel’s population?

Beersheba house

Hamas-Fired Rockets Hits House in Beersheba

During the last Gaza war one rocket landed one kilometre from Ben Gurion airport and international companies stopped flights. The new state puts shipping ports, international and domestic airports, military bases, industry, power station, highways as well of most of Israel’s population within the range of so called crude weapons let alone the sophisticated ones the Palestinians would import.

The attacks don’t even have to come directly from the Palestinian administration although as we have seen with the knife intifada they are quite capable of inciting violence and then piously pretending it was individual decisions to kill.

  • Hamas has an interest: Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory, quoted in the Hamas Covenant).
  • Fatah has an interest: Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People’s armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated. (Article 19 Fateh Constitution methods).
  • The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (P.F.L.P.)has an interest: There is no truce with the Zionist enemy until the liberation of Palestine; we will not barter our weapons for humanitarian needs or our basic rights; we strongly uphold and adhere to our right to defend ourselves, to armed struggle, and to continue to fight until the occupier leaves our land and the blockade is lifted and we have achieved the rest of our human needs and rights. We are in the resistance! (Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the P.F.L.P. statement 10 July 2015)

In addition and not less important is the likelihood of independent attacks by members of the Palestine security forces, some armed and trained by America.

What is the ethical and moral authority of the French to lecture anyone?

Did you know that the French military engaged in three active conflicts since the last half of 2015? The ongoing operations against Jihadist forces in northern Mali, a military intervention in the chaotic Central African Republic, and the multi-national conflict against the Islamic State in the Middle East (Syria and Iraq).

French troops in Vietnam c.1955

French troops in Vietnam c.1955

Did you know that since the end of World War II the French have been involved in thirty-two military conflicts? (HT The History Guy for both factoids).

Did you know that the  the FLN (Algerian National Liberation Front) estimated in 1964 that nearly eight years of war with France effected 1.5 million deaths from war-related causes? Granted that may be an exaggeration but even if you take the French official estimate of 350,000 that is still five times more than the casualties of all Israel’s wars for the last sixty-eight years.

Perhaps the answer is the example France has shown of dealing with home-grown Arabs? In 2005 violent riots resulted in 201 police injured and 10,000 cars destroyed.
Several people were killed during the riots, including a 56 year old disabled woman. Many
public buildings were burnt down, and many businesses were vandalized as well. In all, the
damage exceeded 200 million euros.

Burnt car Paris

Scorched car in Paris suburb November 2005

In 2016, on New Years Eve Arab youth (that may be redundant. The word ‘youth’ when combined with the word ‘riot’ almost inevitably refers to those of Arab ethnicity) torched over 800 cars. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve actually described that as a 14.5 per cent improvement over the year before.

Is France a good example?

France holds 701,929 square kilometres† of territory outside outside French mailand, compared to Israel’s  22,072 km2 including the Golan and East Jerusalem. Yet it insists on Israel ceding territory while refusing to do so with its own.

Many of France’s numerous wars have been to violently prevent French colonial territories gaining independence.  None of them were in simple artillery range of European France nor effected France’s water supplies nor provided a barrier to invasion.

New Caledonia conflict

French CRS special police confronting Kanak activists demanding independence in New Caledonia.

Perhaps France might show Israel a good example by ceding French Guiana, French Polynesia,  Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna. We can add to this list Corsica in the Mediterranean. In addition, although generally uninhabited, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, much of which is also claimed by other much closer states.

Defenders of France may argue that these territories have varying legal status and different levels of autonomy, although all (except those with no permanent inhabitants) have representation in the Parliament of France, and consequently the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament.

Could you imagine the French outcry if Israel followed their example and simply annexed Palestine?

Extra credit

† 439,665 km2 is French Southern and Antarctic Lands but that still means France has overseas territories almost twelve times (12X) larger than Israel.

Five-in-a-star icon used Map of Israel & Palestinian Territories – Single Color by
Rocketed house photo by Israel Defence Forces, via Wikimedia Commons
Vietnam photo Author unknown, source: Jean Chesneaux: Geschichte Vietnams. Rütten & Loening, Berlin (Ost) 1963 via Wikimedia Commons
Burnt car photo by Alain Bachellier (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
New Caledonia photo by David Robie, from the article (see Extra credit)

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Arab is the new Black

star-Bouattia_150Mallia Bouattia

When I first saw Mallia Bouattia’s very pale face and was informed she was the British National Union of Students Black Students Officer my first instinct was to ask is she another Rachel Dolezal? Rachel, if you recall, was a white woman, with more than her share of psychological issues, self-identifying and accepted as black. It turns out I guessed wrong. N.U.S. simply redefined black to include of African, Caribbean, Arab and Asian descent. Learning more about Ms. Bouttia I’m beginning to think the two are not so far apart.
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One serve of Judicial with extra …


For the last couple of weeks I have been feeling like the entire world (the Israel advocacy part, of course) disagreed with me. The only ones to agree with me seem to be nobodies like the Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the Minister of Defence Moshe Ya’alon and the Chief of the General Staff Gadi Eisencort — and the IDF legal department – the Military Advocate General. The decision to charge Sgt. Elor Azar, the soldier from Hebron with manslaughter was not only the correct call — it was the only one. Continue reading

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Petitioning UNESCO

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Stop Denying the Jewish Connection to Israel and the Holy Sites

Five Minutes for Israel hasn’t published an Action Item for some time which is a pity as this was this websites original purpose. But we haven’t forgotten.

Please sign and share this petition on Click on link above or International Legal Forum (ILF)/StandWithUs graphic. Continue reading

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Inconsistent BBC

star-BBC-agenda_150BBC hypocrisy in action

BBC emphasises a Jewish criminal’s religion. It would never do so with a Muslim terrorist.

The BBC leans over backwards not to mention the ROP when they commit crimes in the name of religion but has no problem labeling this man’s religion in both the headline and the introductory paragraph.

Nor would it mention what happens to gays in the Muslim world.


Craig Levin wrote an immediate letter of complaint. Published with his permission.

Jerusalem Gay Pride: Ultra-Orthodox Jew convicted of murder over stabbing

The article reports the conviction of the gay parade stabber. You shamelessly identify him as an ‘Ultra-Orthodox Jew’, as if this has something to do with the crime for which he was convicted. Your organisation would never identify any other religion even when large numbers of adherents of that religion commit atrocities in the name of that religion. in fact your organisation will go out of its way to point out that the suspect(s)/perpetrator(s) and their crimes/misdeeds/terror have nothing to do with the religion in whose name the suspect/perpetrator has claimed to act.

There are clergy of that religion that promote such violence and claimed adherents who support and celebrate the murders, bombings etc. You do not wish to malign this religion, nor its adherents many of who are peaceable and non-murderous.

There is nothing in the act of this individual that reflects Ultra-Orthodox Jews or Judaism, nor are there Rabbis or other Ultra-Orthodox leaders promoting or perpetrating violence against, gays, non-believers, apostates. Nevertheless your reporter, and no doubt your editorial staff are perfectly content that this INDIVIDUAL, lone wolf, acting contrary to all Jewish law and practice as taught and followed by ultra-orthodox Jews, needs to be identified as ultra-orthodox.

You clearly do not fear insulting Jews, Ultra-Orthodox or others, and unequivocally associate Ultra-Orthodox Jews with terror and murder.

I have no doubt that you will fail to answer this complaint by acknowledging the anti-Antisemitism, prejudice, bigotry and inaccuracy of your report. Nor do I anticipate that you will investigate what ULTRA ORTHODOX leaders and believers teach about murder. You know that despite your distasteful and insulting slur on religious Jews you will not fear anything stronger than letters of protest. You will not fear that ultra-Orthodox rabbis will declare Jewish Jihad against you, nor will your journalists be targeted by ultra-orthodox Jews.

BBC Editorial Guidelines on Religion

BBC-Editorial-GuidelinesReligion editorial principles

  • We will ensure that the beliefs and practices of the great world faiths† are described accurately and impartially.
  • We will ensure the religious views and beliefs of an individual, a religion or religious denomination are not misrepresented, abused or discriminated against, as judged against generally accepted standards.

Major fail on both points, we think.

† Only great world faiths? How do they decide? The sloppy wording suggests minor faiths can be ridiculed, doesn’t it?

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Next Year in Jerusalem … and the next …and the next …

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wishes all those who celebrate
a very happy Pessach


Pessach Card

Pessach, also known in English as Passover, is perhaps the most Israeli of the major Jewish festivals. It commemorates our arrival. Second arrival if you consider Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The Jewish people celebrate this festival as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. Most ethnic origin stories trace themselves back to gods and kings. Who would invent a story that projects such humble roots?

It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

This has become very relevant with the Palestinian campaign to deny Jewish connection to Israel and the recent passive-aggressive UNESCO declaration which didn’t so much deny Jewish connection to Jerusalem as ignore it entirely.

The first written reference to Pessach is the Book of Exodus (in Hebrew Shemot). By tradition this dates back to Moses (calculated by various religious authorities as somewhere between the 13th and 16th centuries Before the Christian Era but some scholars  either near the end of the Judean monarchy in the late seventh century BCE or in the exilic and post-exilic period of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE.  Greek translations probably go back to the 3rd century BCE, probably for the use of Greek speaking Jews in Alexandria, Egypt. All well before there was any historic reference to Arabs let alone Palestinians.

Last Supper

Many consider Jesus’s Last Supper to have been a Passover meal.

Christianity adopted the Hebrew Bible which became known as the Old Testament (by comparison to Christianity’s New Testament).

Surprisingly for some the Koran has many references to the Exodus story. Moses (in Arabic Mussa) is a prophet in the Koran.

“O children of Israel! Remember those blessings of Mine with which I graced you, and how I favored you above all other people. And guard yourselves against a day when no soul will in aught avail another, nor will intercession be accepted from it, nor will compensation be received from it, nor will they be helped. And remember the time when We saved you from Pharaoh’s people, who afflicted you with cruel suffering, slaughtering your sons and sparing only your women — which was an awesome trial from your Sustainer; and when We cleft the sea before you, and thus saved you and caused Pharaoh’s people to drown before your very eyes.” (Quran 2:47-50)

Moses in Arabic

The name Moses written in Islamic calligraphy followed by Peace be upon him

Many Muslims believe that the grave of Moses is located at Maqam El-Nabi Musa,which lies 11 km (6.8 mi) south of Jericho and 20 km (12 mi) east of Jerusalem in the Judean wilderness.

The attempts to deny ancient Jewish connection to Israel are historically totally inaccurate; in Islamic terms sacrilege and make genuine peace impossible.

I have often said that peace could only have come to South Africa when the black majority accepted the Afrikaners as the white tribe of Africa. The same also applies to our section of the Middle East. The refusal to accept the Jews as native to the land with the implication that they should be expelled back to their so-called lands of origin guarantees continuing warfare.

The traditional Seder Night on Pessach ends with Nirtzah נירצה ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’ and has since at least 170 BCE. Nothing Abbas or UNESCO says can change that.

Barcelona Hagaddah

Next Year in Jerusalem Barcelona Hagaddah 1340


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Questions for the Candidates

star-eyes_150Israel as an issue in US politics

Just about everyone who is anyone spoke at AIPAC. Everyone except Bernie Sanders. The refusal to allow him a remote video speech did him such a favour that I wonder whether he didn’t breathe a sigh of relief at the excuse not to be there. He had nothing to gain and everything to lose. Continue reading

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Happy Purim

star-PURIM-2016_150Chag Purim Sameach

Purim revellers

Purim revellers 1657

Purim revellers in costume, from a print originally in Leusden, Philologus Hebræo-Mixtus, 1657. Taken from the 1901-1906 Jewish Encyclopedia, now in the public domain.

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International Women’s Day

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The women of the IDF show us what it means to do it #LikeAGirl!Happy International Women’s Day!

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None of the above

star-eyes_150American elections through the microscope of Israel advocacy

This is a Five Minutes for Israel blog post I never thought I would write. Has anybody, ever, seen U.S. presidential candidates as unsuitable for the position and as dangerous for Israel as in the present race? Continue reading

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