1977 revisited

star-voted_150Gvirotai veRabotai – Mahapakh!

Does anyone recall an election in a democracy which generated so many apocalyptic rants from the losers? I do. 1977’s Israel’s Mahapakh … and the more I think about it the more similarities I find. Continue reading

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Basket of Deplorables

star-voted_150Random thoughts loosely connected by the U.S. election

This week someone called me ‘White’ and clearly considered that to be an insult. Unless her Facebook profile picture was a lie or she was a black Rachel Dolezal, she was no less Caucasian than me. It did get me thinking. Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Jerusalem

JerusalemTEMPLE MOUNT-The true story

Making a factual film about Temple Mount is the best way to spread the Truth!

Filmmaker (War Crimes in Gaza) Pierre Rehov hopes to raise $45,000 in the next two months by crowdfunding. You can help. Continue reading

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Red-flagging November 8th

star-2face-joker_150Voting for Israel – a rough guide

Like most of us, I guess, Five Minutes for Israel has been obsessing about the upcoming American Presidential election. I concede, something that partisans on both sides seem to find impossible, that there are genuine Israel advocates and it-is-politically-convenient-for-me-to-appear-to-support-Israel advocates on both sides. There are Israel Haters and antisemites on both sides.

As a guide to the perplexed here is a collection of candidate red flags. Continue reading

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Hack in a Flak Jacket

star-hack-flack_150Peter Stefanovic exposes what passes for Middle East journalism − and doesn’t acknowledge that he is doing it

Aussie journalist Peter Stefanovic chases the bang-bang in a way that reminds me of a young Jeremy Bowen. That was not meant as a compliment. Continue reading

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Jews who won Nobel Prizes 2016

star-jewish-nobel_150Congratulation to these members of the Tribe

Nobel Prize for Physics 2016:  J. Michael Kosterlitz
Nobel Prize in Literature 2016: Bob Dylan
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2016: Oliver Hart

The Jewish bit (Thank you Wikipedia)

  • J. Michael Kosterlitz
    Born in Aberdeen, Scotland to German Jewish émigrés, the son of the pioneering biochemist Hans Walter Kosterlitz and Hannah Gresshöner. His father emigrated to Scotland in 1934, after the Nazi takeover in Germany led to antisemitic legislation that barred him from his job at Charité in Berlin.
  • Bob Dylan
    Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, (Hebrew name שבתאי זיסל בן אברהם [Shabtai Zisl ben Avraham]). Dylan’s paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa, in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine), to the United States following the anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905. His maternal grandparents, Ben and Florence Stone, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in the United States in 1902.
  • Oliver Hart
    Oliver Hart was born in Britain to Philip D’Arcy Hart, a medical researcher, and Ruth Mayer, a gynecologist. Both his parents were Jewish; his father was a member of the noble Montagu family; Oliver’s grand-grandfather was Samuel Montagu, 1st Baron Swaythling.
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UNESCO Unplugged

star-UNESCOUNESCO Jerusalem Resolution – Consequences?

Most of the comment on this week’s UNESCO resolution effectively writing both Judaism, and by implication Christianity, out of the history of Jerusalem has been simple outrage and ridicule. So far I haven’t read any speculation about the practical results from the resolution. Let me be the first. It isn’t pretty. Continue reading

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Freudian slippers

star-BBC-agenda_150Here are some screengrabs from BBC coverage of the funeral of Shimon Peres z”l. Check them out before they slip into the Internet ether, never to be seen again, except by those who know where to look.  Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana 5777

Five Minutes for Israel
wishes all her readers
who celebrate Rosh Hashana
A Good and Sweet Year


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Shimon Peres 1923-2016


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