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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Ayubowan Sri Lanka and Israel

A distinct absence of lions on the ground

When travelling abroad I like to find connections between the country I know and the one I am visiting. In this case Israel, formerly the British Mandate for Palestine AKA the Holyland compared with Sri Lanka, AKA the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and Sarandīb (the origin of the word “serendipity”) known until 1972 as Ceylon.

I always find some similarities. Since much of my trip was in an automobile let’s start with driving behavior as an indication of national character. Continue reading

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