Two not so wise men
A couple of news items were brought to my attention yesterday. Both have a connection with Iran/Israel.
Moral equivalence at the Economist
The Economist very wisely pulled a cartoon yesterday that in their own words, inadvertently caused offence to some readers. This got me thinking about what cartoonist Peter Schrank may have been thinking when he submitted the cartoon to the newspaper sub-editors. Continue reading
How old is Rasha Khoury?
There is still time to check out The Brick on BBC Radio 4, if you have the stomach. It’s full of smaller errors but even without them the story fails to be faithful to its own assumptions.
The basic story is told through the eyes of a Palestinian Arab woman, Rasha Khoury, who makes a difficult journey from the Palestinian Authority to Jerusalem or as the notes helpfully inform us Occupied Palestine. On the way she discovers her beloved father had a mistress (OK I can buy that a daughter didn’t know) and mistreated and degraded her mother (She never knew that? Didn’t she live in the same home as her father and mother? Not even plausible).
Playwright Selma Dabbagh† states in the The Making of ‘The Brick’ that she was trying to make a parallel between the ground-down mother and the condition of the East Jerusalem Palestinians. Some introspection, please, Selma. It was Khoury’s father who was responsible not some anonymous foreigners.
Now there’s a parallel with the Arabs of Palestine! Continue reading
2013 in review
Thank you all and every reader who took the time to check out our blog.
As an ex Aussie I rather like the way Jetpack (Five Minutes for Israel is a WordPress blog) expresses my year in figures. I would have preferred to fill the Sydney Cricket Ground with its 48,000 capacity but such is life. The Opera House is at least iconic.
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 83 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 269 posts. The busiest day of the year was September 23rd with 498 views. The most popular post that day was A course in map reading II.
The BBC is Zionist?
Best response ever
Five Minutes for Israel rarely just shares a piece that isn’t written specially for it but this response to a rant that the BBC is Zionist run is far too brilliant to let fall through the time plughole in a comment on a BiasedBBC post.
David Preiser (USA) says:
January 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm
“Zionist run BBC”. LOLOLOLOL
ROFLMFALOLOLOPML…..gasp….LOLOLOLOLOLOL! Continue reading
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Tagged BBC, Gaza
Five Minutes for Israel wishes its readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR
We are on our way back to Israel from Australia so our Best of the year … (2012) will have to wait until a little later. I hope you look forward to it as much as I enjoy doing it.
New Year graphic from LillyArts
ASA members MUST READ
Are you a member of the American Studies Association? Did it speak for you when it declared an academic boycott of Israel?
It has put the resolution to a vote of the ASA membership, encouraging members to endorse the resolution, but agreeing to withdraw the resolution if a majority votes in opposition to the idea of an academic boycott of Israel.
Let your voice be counted. All voting must be completed by 11:59pm EST on December 15, 2013
ASA MEMBER REFERENDUM ON THE RESOLUTION ON THE ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
- Members of the American Studies Association please vote NO to the resolution
- If you have a colleague, friend, neighbour, relative, etc. who is a member of the American Studies Association please encourage them to vote NO.
- Like and share Mark Rice’s letter (extra credit)
- Why I Am Opposed to an Academic Boycott of Israel, Mark Rice, Professor and chair of the Department of American Studies, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, Huffington Post, COLLEGE, 6th December 2013
- American Studies Association endorses BDS (poster), Elder of Ziyyon, 4th December 2013
- What Does the American Studies Association’s Israel Boycott Mean for Academic Freedom? Michelle Goldberg, The Nation, 6th December 2013
- American Studies Association leaders endorse boycott of Israeli universities, JTA, Jerusalem Post, 5th December 2013
Graphic: Elder of Ziyyon
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BBC labels manipulate the reader
The media organisation that finds using the word ‘terrorist’ an unacceptable value judgement has no trouble with ‘far-right’.
Thanks to the world’s largest news organisation we now know that Avigdor Liberman is far-right and Rouhani is moderate conservative. The BBC has ruled, so it must be beyond all argument. No accused-by-critics or usually-considered weasel words here.
This not an attack or defence of Knesset Member and Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman. Five Minutes for Israel avoids Israeli domestic politics, particularly for those who can be considered within the broad definition of Zionists. We oppose misleading labeling of Israeli politicians, which operates as a subtle tool of the Destroy Israel Lobby. The BBC should know better. Continue reading
Reflections on an Armenia trip
Armenia, I must confess, wasn’t my first choice as a holiday destination. Nor was it my second but while there I discovered many points of connection between Armenia and Israel. Armenians and Israelis have much more in common than I dreamt. Continue reading
Methodists & Israel
Mainstream Protestant churches today, such as the Methodists, are generally anti Israel, even though they may make a pretense of neutrality. This article investigates some of the misconceptions and conceits as to why this might be so. Continue reading