Hard Labor and what, if anything, can be done #1

Can Israel’s Labor Party return?

George M. Cohan allegedly said, “I don’t care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right”.

No one is talking about Israel’s Labor Party†. Five Minutes for Israel hopes to fill that particular gap. We hope this is controversial but fear it is already yawn worthy. Continue reading

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Jacob’s Ladder Festival closes shop

The end of a musical era

Five Minutes for Israel is sad to hear that the Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival, a feature of the ‘Anglo’ musical scene in Israel for more than a quarticentenniary (I had to look that up) is heading for its last festival in December. If we are blessed there will be an encore next December.

And then there will be (relative) silence. Continue reading

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PUMA selfies against BDS

Give BDS the Boot ~ support PUMA with a selfie

When I hear that BDS has targeted a specific company for a campaign my immediate response is to buy from that company.

Sometimes that is a little difficult. Who can buy a Caterpillar tractor? On the other hand, anyone can wear sports apparel.

Let PUMA and the BDSholes know by posting a selfie on TWITTER or Facebook or even on a BDS page, with clothes, shoes, caps, socks, whatever with the PUMA name and/or logo prominently displayed. Continue reading

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Trumped

Resigned acceptance of the inevitable?

Why is everyone so much more upset with Trump than with Turkey? Continue reading

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Shana Tova 5780

leʃaˈna toˈva
meɪ juː hæv ə swiːt ænd ˈhæpi njuː jɪə

Rosh Hashanah greetings
to Five Minutes for Israel readers
who celebrate it

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Slovakia

Three Synagogues in Slovakia

Slovakia has become a major draw for Israeli families. I don’t think I have ever heard so much Hebrew spoken outside Israel. Probably so many Jews haven’t been present in Slovakia since before 1944. Hmmm? Continue reading

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Cutting aid – be careful what you wish for


What would happen if America cut aid to Israel?
– a speculation

Last week I discovered a corollary to the famous Godwin’s Law†. It’s called Quilty’s Law (after Clare Quilty who developed it).

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability that an antisemitic trope sharer will claim to be of Jewish descent approaches one.

In this spirit I want to introduce Guy’s Law to the public.

As an online discussion on any aspect of Israel grows longer, the probability that an Israel Hater will raise American aid approaches one.

Yet so far I haven’t seen any discussion of what might happen if America cut all aid to Israel. This post aims to rectify that. Continue reading

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ECOSUX

When did you last beat your wife?

It’s not that so many countries with far worse human rights records than Israel decided that Israel alone should be named and condemned as the world’s greatest women’s rights offender that offends us but that so many with better records voted the same.  Continue reading

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Target Practise

Basiji sharpshooting

The Basij are an Iranian paramilitary volunteer militia answerable to and receiving their orders from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Supreme Leader of Iran. They are engaged in activities such as internal security, enforcing state control over society, law enforcement auxiliary, providing social services, organising public religious ceremonies, policing morals, and suppression of dissident gatherings. Or in other words, extortion, suppression and torture S.O.P. in Iran.

Thousands of Basij are stationed in Syria. If war breaks out the IDF will meet them. As this photograph, which is becoming viral shows they shoot. Fortunately as the same photograph show, they don’t shoot very well.

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Israel’s New, Hot Women’s Party

Fantasy Hot XX Party

Orly Levi-Abekasis jumped from what by Israeli standards is the far-Right to the Left of the political spectrumShe joined the Labor Party list for the upcoming elections.

This set me thinking. She could have done better than joining a list in grave danger of not gaining enough votes to pass the entrance percentage. What she and Israeli politics ‘needs’ is a hot fem/female/feminine/feminist party. Continue reading

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