Cartoon capers


Israel advocates utilise cartoons as weapons as indeed do Israel Haters. One could say they do it better than we do. Here are three new cartoon projects that could turn that situation around. Continue reading

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The Boss’s Job

star-Labour-150The U.K.Labor party’s top job matters

The working class can kiss my arse,
I’ve got the foremans’ job at last.
Sung to the tune of the Internationale


As a general rule Five Minutes for Israel doesn’t discuss domestic politics. We know that Israel advocates vote for all mainstream parties.  In addition we have only limited knowledge of democratic countries where we don’t live.  However the recent poll that showed Jeremy Corbyn likely winning leadership of the United Kingdom Labour Party had me thinking, hard. Continue reading

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Kids Throwing Stones


Stop calling Mohammad Kosba a kid. He was a 17 year old terrorist who attempted murder. It was just chance his intended victim was a soldier and not a civilian, the same age as he.  To call him a teen on his way to pray, as did Mondoweiss† is truly risible.

Kosba wasn’t a ten year old who didn’t know any better. He was a burly young man with quite a bit of five o’clock shadow; a member of a Fatah family, distinguished by the death of his brothers while also stoning Israelis; who had photographs taken of himself posing with firearms. Continue reading

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Written in Cement

Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?
Let me count the ways

How many BBC foreign correspondents does it take to change a light-bulb?

None. The light-bulb is only broken if their favoured sources tell them that it is.

Five Minutes for Israel hasn’t awarded a red clown nose† for quite some time but the BBC’s Yolande Knell totally deserves this one. If she had two noses I would award her a red nose for each of them.

In her BBC dispatch, Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?, BBC NEWS, 8 July 2015, on the pace of rebuilding in Gaza she totally ignores eight good reasons that don’t scapegoat Israel’s dual use policy. Continue reading

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DAESH it all

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Five Minutes for Israel will try to to avoid using the descriptive name ‘Islamic State’ in favour of ‘DAESH’ or ‘self-declared Islamic State’. We suggest you do the same. Continue reading

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

star-icecream-150orwellbbcThe ice-cream maker of Gaza

Roger Hearing‘s piece. The ice-cream maker of Gaza could be written off if it was only yet another BBC magazine colour piece designed to show spunky Gazans (aren’t they all?) creatively surviving. but does that excuse him and the BBC failing, yet again, as journalists? Is it possible the BBC adds the boilerplate and doesn’t bother reading what the correspondent has written when they do it? Continue reading

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star-Irish-Independent-150 Reply to Gaza: land of the trapped

This is the text of a letter I wrote to , author of Gaza:land of the trapped, about the printed article. Reply to the video which, at least to my mind contains worse errors, will follow in a new post. Continue reading

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French connection

star-orange-is-the-new-black-150Orange is the new Black (and Blue, White and Red)

When Five Minutes for Israel originally started to blog about Orange and Israel it was as a call-to-arms. Almost immediately the French company tried to backtrack on their apparent partnership with BDS. When the offending Orange C.E.O. came personally to Israel we thought this particular post had died before publication. It happens.

Then French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius announced that if Israel didn’t bow to Palestinian demands France would recognise the Palestinian State. The French Connection was resurrected.

That Mahmud Abbas immediately refused to accept even one condition the French were willing to ask from him won’t matter. Continue reading

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A Poem to Share

star-Harvard_150Harvard Israel Trek 2015A Poem to Share

Generally when something comes out of campus Israel advocates flinch and circle the wagons. Recently, a group of 52 Harvard students – of all backgrounds and faiths – visited Israel for 10 days during the Harvard Israel Trek 2015.

What follows is a poem – posted on the Harvard trek blog by Oliver Marjot – a British PhD candidate studying Medieval Latin at Harvard – that reflects his transformative experience on visiting Israel.

Generally I don’t read poetry. For once, here is a pro-Israel poem that should be read and shared widely. It shows what happens when BDS indoctrination meets reality, in Israel. Continue reading

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Historical carve-up

star-Owen-Bennett-Jones_150Owen Bennett-Jones carves up Middle East history

Sometimes looking at relationships in the Middle East is like watching Game of Thrones (without the gratuitous nudity). One needs a guide. This isn’t it.

There are enough dubious facts and Israel obsessions in Owen Bennett-Jones’ Middle East map carved up by caliphates, enclaves and fiefdoms for this to be the ‘official’ BBC ‘history’ of this region. Continue reading

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