Save the Children from the Independent

Count the Children

As a general rule Five Minutes for Israel ignores the Independent. Criticising any newspaper featuring both Robert Fisk and Ben White would be like criticising al Jazeera or Soviet-era Pravda. But the graphics in  Israel reduces Palestinians’ permitted fishing zone by a third post (Saturday 6 October), especially as linked on their Facebook page drew my attention by their hypocrisy.

In case this is an ‘oops’ moment and they remove one or the other I have screen-grabbed them. Continue reading

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Environmental War Crimes! – Action Item

Tell United Nations To Condemn Hamas’ Environmental War Crimes!

We call upon Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, to condemn Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip for causing severe environmental damage to southern Israel.

Sign our petition to demand that the United Nations condemns Hamas’ environmental war crimes! Continue reading

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PFLP man released: France 24 Watch

France 24Salah Hammouri, PFLP member and assassination co-conspirator released from Israeli prison

France 24 reports on the release from administrative detention of Salah Hammouri. This isn’t his first time on this merry-go-round. Continue reading

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What should Abbas and Coveney talk about?

Nose to Nose

Assuming 🙁 that efforts to persuade deputy head of government of Ireland and Government of Ireland second-most senior officer  Tánaiste Simon Coveney to cancel his meeting with Mahmud Abbas fail, what should they talk about over coffee and biscuits?

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Rosh Hashana greetings from Five Minutes for Israel

 L’shanah tovah tikateiv v’tichateimu

Five Minutes for Israel wishes all of our readers who celebrate the festival, May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.
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Corbyn: Walking like a Duck? Pt II

Speaking for the Defence (MAYBE?)

Criticism of Israel is not (necessarily) antisemitism

Just remember:

  • Lies are not criticism
  • Relabelling Nazi or medieval antisemitism as criticism of Israel is still antisemitism
  • Sharing a platform with those who don’t bother to hide their antisemitism is antisemitism by proxy

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Corbyn: Walking Like a Duck? Pt 1

Is Jeremy Corbyn an Antisemite?

The Duck test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject’s habitual characteristics. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is …

But what if the duck is a crow† who has convinced himself that he is really a swan?
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The bitch is back

star-BBCHow the BBC reported the return of Shirley Temper

There is plenty to complain about in this misleading BBC report on the release of Ahed Tamimi from Israeli prison. Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi released from prison Continue reading

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Water and Power in Gaza

Like and CommentAction Items

For a few months Five Minutes for Israel has concerned itself more with taking the fight to social media than active blogging. I hope the balance will be changed in the near future as I have a handful of projects waiting to be researched and written.

This blogger has in many ways come in a complete circle. It began eight years ago as a source of action items for immediate attention. Hence Five Minutes for Israel. Continue reading

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Burning Birds

Not just a bird – a falcon

The Internet is full of discussion about the falcon found near Gaza with flammable material attached by string. Are burning birds a new tactic or are they just some sort of new violent symbolism for the supposedly unarmed or should that be unwinged peaceful demonstrators?

Is Gaza running out of string and plastic sheets for kites or condoms (inflated with medical grade helium) so they need weaponise children’s pool toys and birds? Will this lead to a  Gazan population explosion or rather boost the existing population growth rate of 3% (13th highest in the world)Continue reading

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