Nose to Nose
Assuming 🙁 that efforts to persuade deputy head of government of Ireland and Government of Ireland second-most senior officer Tánaiste Simon Coveney to cancel his meeting with Mahmud Abbas fail, what should they talk about over coffee and biscuits?
L’shanah tovah tikateiv v’tichateimu
Five Minutes for Israel wishes all of our readers who celebrate the festival, May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.
Speaking for the Defence (MAYBE?)
Criticism of Israel is not (necessarily) antisemitism
- Lies are not criticism
- Relabelling Nazi or medieval antisemitism as criticism of Israel is still antisemitism
- Sharing a platform with those who don’t bother to hide their antisemitism is antisemitism by proxy
Is Jeremy Corbyn an Antisemite?
The Duck test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject’s habitual characteristics. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is …
But what if the duck is a crow† who has convinced himself that he is really a swan?
How the BBC reported the return of Shirley Temper
There is plenty to complain about in this misleading BBC report on the release of Ahed Tamimi from Israeli prison. Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi released from prison Continue reading
Not just a bird – a falcon
The Internet is full of discussion about the falcon found near Gaza with flammable material attached by string. Are burning birds a new tactic or are they just some sort of new violent symbolism for the supposedly unarmed or should that be unwinged peaceful demonstrators?
Is Gaza running out of string and plastic sheets for kites or condoms (inflated with medical grade helium) so they need weaponise children’s pool toys and birds? Will this lead to a Gazan population explosion or rather boost the existing population growth rate of 3% (13th highest in the world). Continue reading
Contest HAMAS claims about teargas
Tyre fires produce much smoke, which carries toxic chemicals from the breakdown of synthetic rubber compounds while burning. That includes cyanide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and products of butadiene and styrene.
The average passenger car tire is estimated to produce over 2 gallons of oil when burned. (Source: Rubber Manufacturers Association, April 2003)
Oil that exudes into ground and surface water as a result of tire fires is a significant environment pollutant. For every million tires consumed by fire, about 55,000 gallons of runoff oil can pollute the environment unless contained and collected. This oily material is also highly flammable.
In other words, Gaza may have created an environmental hazard for its residents for years to come.