Relabeling Sabra & Shatila as Deir Yassin
Today is the memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Servicemen and Women. Tomorrow is Independence Day. A good reason to hobble a mislabeled libel gone viral.
One persistent feature of Pallywood Fauxtography is the use of staged, mislabeled, Photoshopped or archival photographs purporting to be something else, to defame Israel. Five Minutes for Israel has occasionally identified some of them in Palestinian Photoshoppery, Rachel Corrie resources, Send Steve back to the Scumbags, Blacked-out and especially Fauxtography 101. BBC Fauxaudiography or should that be just Fauxaudio? deserves a special mention for its investigation of an altered soundtrack.
The photograph below does double duty. Continue reading
Nakba of the Jews
Iain Banks is dying of cancer and his last public act will be to raise his middle finger to Israel. Somehow impending mortality is supposed to make ignorance of the facts and a totally credulous acceptance of the Palestinian narrative more saintly. Although I suspect Israel will survive not reading his latest novel, if you are desperate to engage with his arguments you can read Why I’m supporting a cultural boycott of Israel in the Guardian (what a surprise!). I would not have heard of Bank’s death bed wish had I not read Letter to Iain Banks on the eve of Yom HaShoah by little-known Iraqi-Jewish writer Bataween. I definitely recommend you read that.
Bataween attempted to draw Bank’s attention to the almost one million Jews from the Arab World, ethnic cleansed following what the Palestinians call the Nakba – Catastrophe. It started me thinking of a Nakba closer to home. Continue reading
Do YOU want to help?
It’s not often if at all that I start up a Five Minutes for Israel article with an apology. I promised Israel advocate and activist Jeremy Dery†, who among many other things admins the Pro-Israel Activists Unite!!! Facebook group that I would write up proposals for a hasbara portal at least a couple of months ago when we were discussing our individual contributions during Operation Pillar of Defence‡, but life, laziness and longitude got in the way. The urgent need for something like this hasn’t gone away. So with apologies for the delay, here I go.
If you are an eloquent Israel advocate relating to you will often be accused of the crime of hasbara. Do it well enough and often enough and you will be accused of paid hasbara. In the Israel Hater’s minds and increasingly in the minds of the uninformed it has become an ad hominem slur , to avoid inconvenient facts they don’t want to answer.
My answer to the charge of being a paid agent of hasbara is, I wish. Israel needs more professional defenders. Continue reading
Do you have the TIME for this?
It’s polls like this that remind me why I stopped subscribing to TIME Magazine decades ago. Each year they produce a list of the one hundred leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that readers think are the most influential people in the world – and I wonder what were they thinking.
Somehow the potential candidates has already been reduced to 153 beginning with Ben Affleck (yikes!) and ending with Malala Yousafzai. It’s quite a trivia contest for a wet night seeing how many of these most influential people you can actually identify. Official voting ends on Friday, April 12th.
Political correctness has led to the inclusion of one Israeli (Benjamin Netanyahu) and one Palestinian (Emad Burnat). I’m not sure whether I would have nominated either but one is the leader of his country with a prominent position on the world stage and the other a previously unknown documentary filmmaker who, if he had been from anywhere but ‘Palestine’ would have been ignored by Hollywood as second-rate propagandist. I wrote about him in Oscarwinningwabbit. Personally I would have nominated one of the many hi-tech innovators coming out of Israel without whose contribution the world would have been a different place. Personally I don’t think any Palestinian qualifies for this list. But if one had to nominate a Palestinian surely Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister who succeeds in persuading European and American donors that Western-style progress and not mafia-style terrorism is the face of Palestine and keeps those Dollars and Euros flowing is a more rational choice.
Still, on principle, in any competition support the Israeli over the enemy. As of writing Burnat is way ahead of Netanyahu. We can do something about this.
Click image and vote ‘Absolutely’
Click on the image and vote ‘No Way’
Action Item: Vote Absolutely for Benjamin Netanyau and No Way for Emad Burnat – and vote for lots of others to push Burnat down the list.
In case you were wondering I gave up on TIME when I discovered they were publishing different stories and graphics on Israel in their Middle East than in other geographical regions. Presumably that was to avoid upsetting the Arabs. Not what a respected new provider should do.
What does Pessach (Passover) mean to me?
President Obama has just visited Israel and he (or his well-informed script-writers) told me how the story of the exodus from Egypt inspired the Black struggle for equality. I don’t know if the explanation for the iconic Matso bread (whether true or not) inspired Martin Luther King but it is an essential part of my Pessach story.
Forgive me. I may have told this story before. That’s a risk you take on a holiday that repeats yearly.
I was educated in public schools in Australia where I was effectively the only Jew. (If there are no Jews in your class or even your year, you are alone). So when I brought my Matso sandwiches to school they gained quite a bit of attention. I told my friends they were Israeli (Army) survival rations — and everybody wanted a taste!
Only later did I realise my flippant remark had more depth. Continue reading
A picture tells a 1,000 lies
Can you spot the difference?
The picture, on the left, of an Israeli soldier, apparently, threatening two children is doing the rounds of the Internet. It offended me, not only for the propaganda but for the obvious and incredibly amateur picture manipulation (HT David A. Levy). Using reverse picture location, available to us all, I searched for the original. I found was a manipulated version of the original. It is probably a horizontally flipped version of the photograph on the right. Continue reading
7 March 2013
Lessons for Israel from the Gun Debate
This is a piece I started shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy but didn’t complete. In fact, I hesitated to complete it. Partly because gun control is not generally thought of as a Israel advocates’ issue and partly because why alienate the strong supporters of Israel who are also the strongest advocates for firearms?
The issue that convinced me to continue was the frequent claim that Israel and Switzerland, where apparently there’s an assault rifle in every house have a low level of gun violence. It then follows that there is no point in policing firearms in the United States. It’s not true of either Switzerland or Israel – both have tough firearm controls.
Let the Swiss speak for themselves I’ll concentrate on Israel. Continue reading
7 March 2013
Israeli taxpayers shouldn’t fund anti-Israeli films
We don’t normally directly link to other people’s posts except for Action Items but this one follows so well to Oscarwinningwabbit I couldn’t resist. I wish I could say they took their idea from Five Minutes for Israel.
IDF reservists: Israeli taxpayers shouldn’t fund anti-Israeli films, Israel Hayom, 6 March 2013
NGO “Consensus” says it is absurd that Israeli citizens fund films that harm them and their loved ones. In terms of the threat facing Israeli soldiers, the rifle and bomb have been replaced by the video camera and microphone.
The Israeli NGO Consensus sent a letter to Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat on Wednesday, seeking an urgent meeting with her to discuss setting new criteria for determining which films receive government funding. Click the link to read more.
25 February 2013
The good news from the Oscars – we lost
By David Guy @5MFI
When forced to watch the Oscars telecast or reading in guilty pleasure the list of ‘winners’ the next morning I always keep my fingers crossed for any Israeli product. Not this time.
Neither 5 Broken Cameras nor The Gatekeepers took the prize for best documentary feature. For probably the first time in my life an ‘Israeli’ film was up for a prize and I wasn’t cheering. Actually for the first time any Israel effort was up for any prize in any field and I hoped it would lose.
As a general rule award shows leave me cold. It’s not simply the Oscars. All of the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, AFI or the Ophirs† and their multiple equivalents leave me desperately grabbing for my remote. I don’t know if it is the uncomfortable rows of stars sitting in tuxedos and dresses that they couldn’t wear without embarrassment at a wedding in Dimona or their best and fakest Hollywood smiles when someone else takes a prize that could stop their clunker tanking at the Box Office. Perhaps its the awful jokes and performances straight out of this year’s Festigal‡. Maybe it’s the awful record of ‘winners’ failing to withstand the test of time?
26 February 2013
It’s time to BUY Israel
OK So I missed a day of BUY Israel Week. That still gives you another 6 days (five if you keep Shabbat).
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- Share this image widely
- Use it as your profile on Facebook
- Buy Israeli products, preferably at a place where BDS is operating and make sure they know
- Post a photograph of yourself with the product
Read about it
Global Supporters Kick Off Buy Israel Week, J Space, 25 Feb 2013