I had the pleasure of meeting Daniella Ashkenazy over the weekend when we agreed to disagree over the best way to fight the public diplomacy war†. Chelm-on-the-Med‡ is her method. Check it out.
Chelm-on- the-Med helps me keep up with the humorous, unique and positive aspects of our modern Israeli society. It is a perfect counterbalance to the negative and false images of Israel available via the worldwide Media.
Mike Burstyn, Israeli Broadway actor-performer
Chelm-on-the-Med’s news stories are the very essence of what living in Israel is like: lots of creativity, rule-bending, circumlocution, and eccentricity in a nation full of off-beat citizens. There is no better way to show Israel’s ‘normality’ than to highlight its abnormalities.
Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig, political scientist/media scholar
† For the record. Five Minutes for Israel doesn’t believe there is a correct way, only a way that is correct for the audience you are trying to reach.
‡ Chelm, for those unfamiliar with with Jewish folklore is a real city in Poland that, when it still had a Jewish population, was famous for their foolishness. It is not known what the real residents of Chelm thought of their reputation.
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