UNESCO Action Item
It should be a joke but it isn’t. The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee will be held at the Istanbul Congress Center, Turkey from 11-20 July 2016. In the next ten days UNESCO will vote on a resolution that effectively erases all Jewish connection to the Temple in Jerusalem. Continue reading
Was Jeremy Corbyn just being Jeremy Corbyn?
We are not sure why anyone was surprised by the U.K. Labour leader’s comparison of Israel/Netanyahu with ISIS. We are more surprised that no one challenged his laboured apology and explanation. Continue reading
Received an ad on social media from the New Israel Fund (N.I.F.)? The gist is that Ben Gurion University awarded the NGO known as Breaking the Silence (BtS) ( שוברים שתיקה in Hebrew) the Berelson Prize for Jewish-Arab Understanding(!) and then rescinded as not in the national consensus, and liable to give a appearance of political bias. N.I.F. want you to ‘compensate’ Breaking the Silence by donating them the 20,000 NIS (slightly over $US5,000) prize. Five Minutes for Israel wants you to use the window N.I.F. have opened to tell them what you think. Continue reading
France 24 missed Lebanon
Lebanon has had no shortage of massacres in its brief modern history. Sabra and Shatilla was only one of them but the Jews were involved, however indirectly, so it is no surprise that France 24 focusses on it. They revisit – Five Minutes for Israel visits their revisit. Continue reading
2nd Holocaust Cartoon Contest
It’s perhaps odd that we choose to discuss a contest making ‘fun’ of one of the most monstrous events in human history. Perhaps we do it so you won’t have to.
If you wish to see for yourself the ‘winners’ are available at Iran Cartoon. No link as we have no desire to push this to the front of search engines. The Israel/Jew Haters will find them without any help from us.
Please only share versions that have been defaced and labelled as propaganda. Although Photoshop is probably the ideal tool to achieve this even WINDOWS Paint will do an adequate job. Continue reading
Between criticism and anti-Semitism
The map that Naz Shah shared on Facebook, and had the political nous to back away from, still shows up on social media. The question is whether this is just BS or is it evil BS. Calling for the ethnic cleansing of 7 million people strikes me as erring on the evil side. Do the posters actually believe that they have posted something wise or do they think they are being funny?
About a month ago Rachel Smalley. of the NZ Herald used it as a hook to lay a charge that Israel is beyond criticism. Ms. Smalley didn’t introduce any new ideas. So in a sense this is the response I should have written, analysing the graphic and the larger argument wherever it is raised. Continue reading
France-Israel not lovers/not friends
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the decision to vote in favour of a UNESCO report that ignores any Jewish link to Jerusalem was a ‘mistake’. French President Francois Hollande says it was a ‘misunderstanding’ and promises France ‘will not support any similar resolutions in the future’. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says ‘it should not have been adopted’.
Then, France votes at the annual assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) for a resolution that singles out Israel for censure, and no other country, for creating supposed health violations. Continue reading
When I first saw Mallia Bouattia’s very pale face and was informed she was the British National Union of Students Black Students Officer my first instinct was to ask is she another Rachel Dolezal? Rachel, if you recall, was a white woman, with more than her share of psychological issues, self-identifying and accepted as black. It turns out I guessed wrong. N.U.S. simply redefined black to include of African, Caribbean, Arab and Asian descent. Learning more about Ms. Bouttia I’m beginning to think the two are not so far apart.
For the last couple of weeks I have been feeling like the entire world (the Israel advocacy part, of course) disagreed with me. The only ones to agree with me seem to be nobodies like the Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the Minister of Defence Moshe Ya’alon and the Chief of the General Staff Gadi Eisencort — and the IDF legal department – the Military Advocate General. The decision to charge Sgt. Elor Azar, the soldier from Hebron with manslaughter was not only the correct call — it was the only one. Continue reading