Labor Lost, Love

star-crowned-Bibi-150The structural and pragmatic reasons why Labor lost and is not likely to win any time soon

This is the article I wanted to write one week before the recent Israeli elections but I chickened out. Who wanted to predict inevitable defeat for the strangely named Zionist Camp, or is that Union, when the polls and the pundits were already celebrating victory? The dust has settled but not the issues that kept and will keep Labor out of power.

Now that it’s over (it’s not completely over until the positions have been doled out between the Likud and coaltion partners) the same pundits who failed to predict it are telling us why Binyamin Netanyahu (boo, hiss & grind teeth) cheated his way to victory. Not so much why the Israel Labor Party lost and nothing about why they are unlikely to win next time — perhaps never again. Continue reading

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Don’t single/double quote me

star-BBCBBC and the ‘M’ word

The ‘M’ word in this case is not Muslim, a word that the BBC turns somersaults to avoid using in a negative context, particularly when relevant to the story. The ‘M’ word is militant, a word the BBC generally uses to avoid using the ‘T’ word, terrorist. Continue reading

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Is this a victory?

Petition-the-BBCstar-BBCBBC quietly alters boilerplate

The Change BBC boilerplate on Gaza casualties to reflect disputed figures campaign delivered more than 700 signatures and received a bland we-will-think-about-it reply.

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67 years young – 3,000 years old

star-GoogleGoogle honours Israel Independence Day with a Doodle

Google Israel Independence Day 2015

I wonder how many countries that receive Google service were privileged to see it?

Did you see it in your country? Let us know in the comments.

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Holocaust Forgetting

5-in-a-star AuschwitzThe Holocaust through Israel-hating Eyes

Holocaust‡ Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2015 began in the evening of Wednesday, April 15 and ended in the evening of Thursday, April 16. About a week before the Iranians announced that 839 artworks have, so far, been received by the secretariat for the Second International Holocaust Cartoon  Contest, from over 40 countries. Don’t expect sympathy.

The first contest held in 2006 was often described as the Holocaust Denial contest but that is an over simplification. The attitude of Israel’s Muslim neighbours to the fate of European Jewry is far from monolithic and there are some newish twists. Continue reading

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Rewriting the Holocaust

star-BBCIs the BBC rewriting the Holocaust now to excuse the Poles?

Poland fury at Holocaust comment by FBI’s James Comey The Poles are furious but the Jews who experienced Poland are nodding their heads.

The Polish foreign ministry said Mr Comey had suggested in a Washington Post article that some Poles were accomplices.

Dear BBC, Comey was correct. There was a reason the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau (Oświęcim, near Kraków); Belzec (near the current Ukrainian border north-west of L’viv); Chełmno (Chełmno nad Nerem, between Warsaw and Poznań); Majdanek (near Lublin); Sobibor (south of Brest-Litovsk) and Treblinka (north-east of Warsaw) camps were situated in Poland. The Nazis could be sure of local cooperation or at the very least lack of resistance, at least when it came to the Jews. Continue reading

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Young, female and forging

star-BBCIs Young, female and forging a path in Gaza a BBC puff piece? The start-up selected to lead off this BBC CAPITAL report is a company named BOOM BABY BOOM without any apparent attempt at irony!

It is a video worth watching if only to see the multi-storey buildings and new cars that Israel neglected to destroy.

Gaza entrpreneur

Not a trace of irony

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Sure making a din

Israel Law CenterLegal issuesShurat HaDin – Winning with Lawfare

Attorney Mrs. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the founder and face of Shurat HaDin–Israel law Center is one of my personal heroines. Israel’s wars are fought in different arenas: with bullets and planes; in diplomatic arenas; in public opinion, where frankly we aren’t doing too well, and in the courts – so-called Lawfare. She personifies this judicial battle against terrorism, an arena, thanks in no small measure to this lady, we have had real, measurable victories. Last week I had the privilege of listening to Mrs. Darshan-Leitner in Jerusalem, courtesy of Honest ReportingContinue reading

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Happy Passover

star-Pessach-2014Passover greetings from 5MFI

The illustration, by an unknown artist, of Moses parting the Red Sea was created between 1350 and 1375. It is one illustration from Rudolf von Ems’ Chronicle of the World (Weltchronik) written more than a century earlier.

I thought it was appropriate to use it because although the artist hadn’t mastered geometric perspective, that technique would have to wait another century he certainly has a perspective on the story of Passover†. A perspective that was unchallenged until the 20th century. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt to freedom in the land of Israel. One can only imagine the look of complete bewilderment on his face if told that Palestinians beat them to it.

Pessach 2015

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Second state

star-crowned-Bibi-150Question of the week #12

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