A distinct absence of lions on the ground
When travelling abroad I like to find connections between the country I know and the one I am visiting. In this case Israel, formerly the British Mandate for Palestine AKA the Holyland compared with Sri Lanka, AKA the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and Sarandīb (the origin of the word “serendipity”) known until 1972 as Ceylon.
I always find some similarities. Since much of my trip was in an automobile let’s start with driving behavior as an indication of national character. Continue reading
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Palestine Hypocrisy Week 2016
Israel Apartheid Week pollutes many campuses around the world from late February to April. Feel free to use and share this alternative graphic against Israel Apartheid Week wherever and whenever you chose. The more you use it the more it will be pushed up search engines.
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Giles Fraser has no boundaries
Perhaps Guardian columnist Giles Fraser was starry-eyed because of his marriage but that is no excuse not to do his homework. It was unnecessary and unprofessional to smear Israel over a system they didn’t even introduce. To add to the insult the ‘wedding’ was conducted under a chuppah and the groom is wearing a kippah. Continue reading
When enemies fight
Schadenfreude is a magnificent German word that I am fairly confident ninety-nine percent of Germans have never used in a conversation. It means taking pleasure in your enemy’s discomfort. When two of Israel’s loudest and richest enemies, Iran and Iraq, are at loggerheads, is it good for the Jews? Continue reading
Free Barry Shaw
Campaign for FB transparency
Most Israel advocates have been temporarily banned from Facebook, so-called Facebook jail (for the Irish and Australians amongst us – Facebook gaol), at some time. Five Minutes for Israel is no exception. We don’t believe anyone has ever been given a clear explanation for the punishment and despite the link on the notice (see below) there is no real opportunity for appeal. If you think you are seeing this message by mistake, you may relieve your tension by clicking a link.
You will still not know what crime you have committed; confront your accuser or be able to make a defence. No natural justice in Facebook.
Five Minutes for Israel supports Israeli author and campaigner, Barry Shaw (also a personal friend) in his campaign for release from ‘Facebook Jail’. We hope that it may lead to a more transparent social media. Continue reading
If you ever have engaged in a social media dispute you probably have seen an image like one below. It either comes in the course of thread when some near-illiterate can’t answer your argument and rifles through his file of memes and cartoons which may or may not have anything to do with the point, and posts it in response.
In other cases the graphic is the post. This labelled one on the right appears more than 600 times on the Internet. That is more than six times the appearances of the original. It has gone viral which means at the very least it has struck a chord. Continue reading
The BBC starting the year as they ended it — with half a story. They don’t have to straight-out lie to show bias. They have all tricks of semantics, positioning and omission to do it for them. Continue reading
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Tel Aviv versus …
With no disrespect at all to the victims of yesterday’s apparent ‘terrorist’ attack why does one attack in Tel Aviv generate such a strong domestic and international response while dozens of attacks in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the country do not?
Second 5MFI’s nomination for a 2016 Hasby Award
Among pro Israel blogs there are whales like Elder of Ziyon and minnows like Five Minutes for Israel. Each year Elder of Ziyon promotes the annual Hasby (as in hasbara) Awards for the best examples of pro-Israel advocacy for the year.
Although our chances of winning in the BEST PRO-ISRAEL BLOG category are slim even being on the list of candidates is great publicity. It drives readers to the blog and hopefully some are impressed enough to stay.
If you have enjoyed Five Minutes for Israel in 2015 please comment at Elder of Ziyon (http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2015/12/2016-hasby-award-nominations.html#.VoOpnxV95to) and second the nomination.
Click on image to reach the 2016 Nominations Page.
Second Five Minutes for Israel for BEST PRO-ISRAEL BLOG in the comments section.