UNESCO Unplugged

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Most of the comment on this week’s UNESCO resolution effectively writing both Judaism, and by implication Christianity, out of the history of Jerusalem has been simple outrage and ridicule. So far I haven’t read any speculation about the practical results from the resolution. Let me be the first. It isn’t pretty. Continue reading

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Freudian slippers

star-BBC-agenda_150Here are some screengrabs from BBC coverage of the funeral of Shimon Peres z”l. Check them out before they slip into the Internet ether, never to be seen again, except by those who know where to look.  Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana 5777

Five Minutes for Israel
wishes all her readers
who celebrate Rosh Hashana
A Good and Sweet Year


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Shimon Peres 1923-2016


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Cruisin’: Women’s Boat to Gaza

star-womens-boat_150What you should know about the Women’s Boat to Gaza

A ‘single boat’ flotilla, passengered and probably skippered by women is currently on route in an attempt to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Yes, I know that a single boat flotilla might be a contradiction in terms but no more than labeling themselves peace activists.

Here are some things Israel activists should know about it. Continue reading

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star-Olympics_150Reply to Ruby Hamad’s Don’t ask athletes to set aside politics ‘in the spirit of the Olympics’

Is there even one Palestinian in the Lebanese Olympic team?

There are few things more hypocritical than Lebanese claiming to snub Israel because of what we allegedly do to the Palestinians. If there is one country in the Middle East whose treatment of the Palestinians most closely resembles Apartheid-era South Africa it is Lebanon. Continue reading

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Duma-one year (and THREE arson attacks) Later

star-Martin-Sherman_150INTO THE FRAY

Guest post by Dr. Martin Sherman
Originally published: 31 July 2016

“I saw Sa’ad and Reham burning on the ground. Next to them were TWO masked men, one beside each of them. They were dressed in jeans and black long-sleeved shirts…“Their faces were covered with a balaclava, with only the mouth and eyes visible. The street light shone directly on them. I was horrified by what I saw. They saw me and I was frightened and ran back home. I told my brother Bishar to get help and returned to Sa’ad’s house where I no longer saw the TWO masked men – Eye-witness account of Duma arson attack by Ibrahim Dawabsheh, a relative of the victims, Amira Hass, Haaretz, July 31, 2015.

According to the charge sheet, [on] the night of the attack on the Dawabsheh home, Ben-Uliel decided to proceed with the arson ALONE…He allegedly searched for a home that was inhabited and used his first firebomb on a two-storey building that turned out to be uninhabited. He then proce[e]ded to the Dawabshehs’ home, prepared his firebomb in the yard and spray-painted graffiti on the walls, before throwing the firebomb into the house and fleeing on foot. –Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid, Haaretz Jan. 3, 2016.

A year ago—almost to the day—on July 31, 2015, the entire country was horrified by reports of three members of the Dawabsheh family from the village of Duma being burnt to death in an arson attack on their home. Graffiti, in Hebrew script painted on the walls of the burnt out residence, led to the precipitous conclusion that the act was committed by “Jewish terrorists”. Since that deplorable attack, at least three more houses of the Dawabsheh clan have been torched –as were two prior to it–without any hint of involvement of “Jewish extremists. Continue reading

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ophobia, ophilia, Oh-Trump

star-Trump_150How Trump SHOULD have answered the Khans

If one judges by the continuing media reaction the one and only thing worth remembering from the Democratic National Convention was the mother and father of a deceased Muslim soldier coupled with Donald Trump’s tone-deaf, self-centred response. Did Hillary Clinton say anything, remotely memorable or even jeerable?

The bottom line is that when faced with an obvious and totally predictable gambit by the Clinton camp of producing a good Muslim the Republican didn’t have a proper reply prepared.

Let me help him. The issues and arguments brought up by the Khan’s are too ubiquitous to allow them to go unanswered. Continue reading

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Coup in Turkey

star-where-to-Turkey_150I saw a certain amount of joy on the Internet about the perceived humiliation of Turkish President Erdogan. My feelings about the attempted/failed/continuing coup in Turkey are very mixed. Continue reading

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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

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