Duma-one year (and THREE arson attacks) Later

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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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Laboured analogy

star-CorbynWas 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

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Breaking Breaking the Silence

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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

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FRANCE 24 – Sabra & Shatilla Revisited

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

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Je suis Tel Aviv

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je suis tel aviv

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star-holocaust-cartoons_1502nd 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

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More map reading

star-Israel-in-America_150Between 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

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