Open Letter to Julie Bishop

UNRWA is the problem not the solution

To the Honourable Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Deputy Leader of the Australian Liberal Party

Dear Minister,

When Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA Commissioner General came around begging did you throw him out of your office? You should have. UNRWA is part of the problem and not part of the solution. Continue reading

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OMG I agree with Corbyn

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In the same sense that a broken clock gives the correct time once every twelve hours I find myself, much to my amazement, agreeing with Jeremy Corbyn. Britain probably shouldn’t bomb Syria. Continue reading

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Yes, in my name

Palestinian dichotomyTime for Muslims to own their problem

What do the Paris, Kenya, Nigeria, Lebanon that Russian plane crash in Sinai and, yes, Israel attacks have in common? Answers on the back of an envelope, if you still use that technology. Continue reading

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Something Missing?

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Why don’t we see #IamGarissa or#LesuisBaga?

I’ll leave to you to figure which small countries suffering terrorist attacks don’t earn a place on the globe. Continue reading

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Peace for Paris

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Five Minutes for Israel stands in solidarity with the people of Paris who did nothing to deserve this this terrorism.

I have noticed a good deal of Schadenfreude – pleasure at others’ misfortunes, in the social media and suggestions that because of France’s alleged hypocrisy when dealing with Israel we should withhold our support following Friday night’s Paris attacks.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is right. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.

This is not the time for a We told you so. #JesuisParis Continue reading

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Democracy and Rabin

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The keyword in the twenty year commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination was democracy.

I get it. Assassination has no place to play in the liberal democracy that Israel aspires to. The problem is that not one of the speakers could admit how much Oslo was an assault on that same democracy.

Isn’t the lesson of Rabin’s legacy that we will never again hold secret talks designed to bypass the checks and balances that parliamentary democracy gives us?

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Nazi style

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Yitzhak Rabin z”l was no Nazi and a picture of his head pasted (this was before PhotoShop® became an amateur tool) on a Nazi uniform didn’t kill him.

SPOILER Photographs of politicians dress as Nazis. Continue reading

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Pallywood in Olive Green

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Rabbi Ascherman from Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) claims to have escaped a settler with a knife. Five Minutes for Israel analyses the video and some of the explanations. Frankly I find too many red flags, or should that be olive flags, leading to Pallywood. Continue reading

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What would I do if… ?

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verb (used with object)

  1. to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.

Had an argument with someone, from the Israeli Left, who believes that any act of Jewish misbehaviour against those Arabs who are stabbing Jews proves that Israeli Jews and Palestinians are simply moral equivalents. If I, as both Israeli and Jew, don’t get terribly excited and condemn the Jewish act with the fury of an Israel Hating B Grade British actor that proves I am a far-right, presumably fascist Hilltop Youth supporter.

It should be clear that I don’t support continuing violence AKA lynch against an injured combatant but I can see where it’s coming from. What would I do? Continue reading

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Missing the action

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Part II in the 20 yrs from Rabin series

It takes one to tango?

Saturday night’s 20 year commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination left me with so many ideas that I want to express that Five Minutes for Israel will need to divide them into two or even three posts.

Who was missing in Kikar Rabin? The Palestinians but that’s that’s OK. They don’t matter if we are to have peace. :-(
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