Question of the Week – Week 51

star-survey-150This weeks question (s)

How do you feel about Israelis petitioning foreign parliaments to recognise Palestine? Is this a different question if it was Israelis petitioning foreign parliaments to change a decision made by the Knesset on any issue? Please comment freely. Continue reading

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Question of the week – new feature

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Five Minutes for Israel has introduced a new feature. Each week we will poll our readers on a current issue. Please vote and especially important comment on your reasons for your vote. Discussion is unmoderated but as far as possible trolls will be deleted, where found. Continue reading

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What is our Plan B?

star-Plan-B-150What do we do if/when …?

On December 18th the European Parliament will vote on recognising the State of Palestine. That still gives time for European readers to make last-minute contact with their Mission Essential Personnel. Who am I kidding? MEPs – Members of the European Parliament.

What do I think will happen and when do we start talking about the day after?
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Time for a last push

star-BBCPetition-the-BBCChange BBC boilerplate on Gaza casualties to reflect disputed figures.

The petition to push the BBC to fulfil their journalistic and legal duty to neutrality has stopped moving. Nevertheless 680 signatures is quite respectable and it will be submitted this week.

  • There is still time for a final push.
  • Have you signed, yet?
  • Have you encouraged your friends?

Please like on the Facebook page as it encourages and informs your contacts.

BBC see, hear, speak no evil

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Get real

star-Averil-Powers-150Belling the cat

Senator Averil Powers of the Irish Seanad addressed the United Nations Special Conference on Palestine. If you want to read her speech it features on her website. As she has blocked comments I am forced to use Five Minutes for Israel. Hopefully this open letter will be passed on.

When I read the transcript she posted I first noticed how much she loved to call for real things – action, leadership, etc. She used the word six times in her address – seven if you include reality. I immediately thought of the fable Belling the Cat. Continue reading

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Dry Boned

star-shuldigHelp combat willful rewriting of history and the spread of antisemitism

Who’s the leader of the gang
That’s made for you and me

This actually has nothing whatsoever to do with this post about the Dry Bones Project but the hand bone was suffering a disconnect from the head bone and for Israelis and Israel advocates Yaakov Kirschen AKA Dry Bones is as iconic as the mouse.

Help Fight Antisemitism with the Dry Bones Cartoon

Five Minutes for Israel is honoured to have hosted Dry Bones cartoons since the beginning of the blog. He wants to organise and expand the Dry Bones response. Whether you are a young student or a concerned retiree you can join. in.

Click the link or the cartoon and read more …

Dry Bones

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Tale of Two Stories

star-ibverted-pyramid-150orwellbbcHow the BBC inverts the news

In the latest BBC ‘Palestinian’ story, the headline leads the reader to believe that this is  mainly about his demise. Yet out of 466 words only 49, including the headline and the bold type lead paragraph, have anything directly to do with the death.

It’s a classic case of semantic manipulation, Media Studies 101, if you will. Compare how the BBC reports Palestinian deaths with the way it reports Israeli deaths.
Palestinian ‘shot dead by Israeli army’ in Hebron
Israeli woman and soldier killed in two knife attacks
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Hamas are coming… Hamas are coming… Too late… They’re here!

New video Hamas on Campus and they call themselves Students for Justice in Palestine.


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France-Spain, Be careful what you wish for

star-France-Spain-160Will a Spanish and/or French decision to recognise the State of Palestine come back and bite them?

The French and Spanish governments are shortly about to repeat the Swedish/English/Irish farce and debate/ decide without debate and probably recognise the fictional State of Palestine. Pointing out the failure of the Palestinians to fulfil any of the traditional requirements of a state won’t stop them. Will pointing out that the very arguments they use to justify recognising Narnia Palestine can be used against them by their own separatist movements be more effective? Continue reading

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Benjamin NetanyahuChicken label

Someone who is not brave or willing to take risks?

By now most everybody knows that an anonymous senior Obama administration official called Netanyahu chickensh*t†. Another unnamed official agreed.

Bloggers rejoiced. Never had they had a more appropriate occasion to inject toilet humour into political analysis. What did these high-ranking pen pushers mean and what are the implications of the word? When are you going to spill the beans Jeffrey Goldberg and name them?  Continue reading

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