No fact checking in Ireland?

What concentration camps, Mr.Horgan?

Fault-finders of Edward Horgan‘s ‘Standing up for Palestine’ in this week’s Ireland’s Sunday Independent newspaper (printdigital online) and Irish Examiner’s reader’s blog with slight changes in all three expect to be hit by the standard ‘Criticism of Israel isn’t antisemitism’ cliché.

Well here’s a message. Lies aren’t criticism.
Here’s another message. There are no concentration camps in Israel, Gaza or the Palestinian Authority.

Newspapers employ fact-checkers but nobody bothers when Israel is smeared. Par for the course.

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Happy New Year 2018

Five Minutes for Israel
wishes you a
Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas

Five Minutes for Israel
wishes all who celebrate it
a very Merry Christmas

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Hanukkah at the BBC

Hanukkah 2017: More light than heat at the BBC

It’s long been my opinion that the British Broadcasting Corporation gives Judaism (apart from their Israel obsession) about as much airtime as Jewish numbers  in the United Kingdom (~0.5% percentage of the population) would warrant. It vastly over-provides for the Muslims (~5%) and virtually ignores Hindus (~2%), Sikhs (~0.75%) and Buddhists (~0.4%).

But what did they say when they covered Hanukkah this year? The festival concluded yesterday – Five Minutes for Israel investigates. Continue reading

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Crikey Glenn Le Lievre

Eight frames – all wrong

Editorial cartoonists make great propagandists – for either side. Even though they appear in news media a genuinely neutral cartoonist would probably be dead boring. ‘Crikey’† cartoonist Glenn Le Lievre is far from dead boring but one of his latest cartoons is simply dead wrong. Continue reading

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Capital Jerusalem

JerusalemWhy Israel’s capital and not Palestine’s?

My answer to a Facebook question. I only realised after that the question really wasn’t addressed to me but to intellectuals and politicians in Arab states, a status I clearly don’t hold. The information is still valid. Pity to waste the effort. Continue reading

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Thank you President Trump

  • Jerusalem – Israel’s capital

Pity it took 70 years to do the right thing. Let’s hope others follow America’s lead. There are reports that Czechoslovakia and Hungary responded by publicly recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but I have no formal confirmation. Russia recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to deafening silence, six months ago although may have backtracked in response to Trump trumping them. Continue reading

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Allenby

After Balfour the war still had to be won

His Majesty’s Government may have viewed with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. In 1917 the British still had to defeat the Ottoman who had ruled for five hundred years.

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Recycled road rage

More Fauxtography

This is how minor accidents are recycled into anti Israel propaganda. Decide for yourself whether this is lazy journalism or straight out deception. Continue reading

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UK: a Balfour apology

One hundred years after Balfour
Should Britain apologise… to Israel?

With all the Balfour centenary kerfuffle and Palestinian demands for an apology for the Balfour declaration I don’t think anyone has discussed whether Perfidious Albion should issue an apology to Israel.
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