Two thousand & thirteen – bookkeeping

star-20132013 in review

Thank you all and every reader who took the time to check out our blog.

As an ex Aussie I rather like the way Jetpack (Five Minutes for Israel is a WordPress blog) expresses my year in figures. I would have preferred to fill the Sydney Cricket Ground with its 48,000 capacity but such is life. The Opera House is at least iconic.

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 83 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 269 posts. The busiest day of the year was September 23rd with 498 views. The most popular post that day was A course in map reading II.

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Zionists run the BBC R.O.F.L.O.L

star-BBCThe BBC is Zionist?
Best response ever

Five Minutes for Israel rarely just shares a piece that isn’t written specially for it but this response to a rant that the BBC is Zionist run is far too brilliant to let fall through the time plughole in a comment on a BiasedBBC post.

David Preiser (USA) says:
January 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm
“Zionist run BBC”. LOLOLOLOL

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Happy New Year – on the hop

star-HappyNewYearFive Minutes for Israel wishes its readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR

We are on our way back to Israel from Australia so our Best of the year …  (2012) will have to wait until a little later. I hope you look forward to it as much as I enjoy doing it.


New Year graphic from LillyArts

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Merry Christmas


MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Five Minutes for Israel readers who celebrate them.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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american studies association

Action ItemsASA members MUST READ
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Are you a member of the American Studies Association? Did it speak for you when it declared an academic boycott of Israel?

It has put the resolution to a vote of the ASA membership, encouraging members to endorse the resolution, but agreeing to withdraw the resolution if a majority votes in opposition to the idea of an academic boycott of Israel.

Let your voice be counted. All voting must be completed by 11:59pm EST on December 15, 2013


Action items

  • Members of the American Studies Association please vote NO to the resolution
  • If you have a colleague, friend, neighbour, relative, etc. who is a member of the American Studies Association please encourage them to vote NO.
  • Like and share Mark Rice’s letter (extra credit)

Extra credit


Graphic: Elder of Ziyyon
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Always right

star-BBCBBC labels manipulate the reader

The media organisation that finds using the word ‘terrorist’ an unacceptable value judgement has no trouble with ‘far-right’.

Thanks to the world’s largest news organisation we now know that Avigdor Liberman is far-right and Rouhani is moderate conservative. The BBC has ruled, so it must be beyond all argument. No accused-by-critics or usually-considered weasel words here.

This not an attack or defence of Knesset Member and Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman. Five Minutes for Israel avoids Israeli domestic politics, particularly for those who can be considered within the broad definition of Zionists. We oppose misleading labeling of Israeli politicians, which operates as a subtle tool of the Destroy Israel Lobby. The BBC should know better. Continue reading

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Armenia-Israel Friendshipstar-ArmeniaReflections on an Armenia trip

Armenia, I must confess, wasn’t my first choice as a holiday destination. Nor was it my second but while there I discovered many points of connection between Armenia and Israel. Armenians and Israelis have much more in common than I dreamt.  Continue reading

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God’s People

re_methodist_logo_hiresstar-methodist-150Methodists & Israel

Mainstream Protestant churches today, such as the Methodists, are generally anti Israel, even though they may make a pretense of neutrality. This article investigates some of the misconceptions and conceits as to why this might be so. Continue reading

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Reporting the Newsstar-Polonium-150

A 75-year-old workaholic; under constant stress; never took a holiday; never exercised;  known for poor hygiene and even poorer diet. He was a major recipient of 2nd-hand smoke; suffered from poorly treated chronic diseases and probably years of unsafe sexual practises. He died. Quelle surprise?

Two news organisations reported on the news release from Russia that no polonium was found in Yasser Arafat’s body. Hard to believe they  were dealing with the same story. Five Minutes for Israel saved these screen grabs for posterity. Continue reading

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Who’s on first?


Not that Costello

Action ItemsForeign Affairs Committee to meet Minister Costello.

Irish for Israel have asked me to publicise this letter. Send your emails now.

Dear All,

Tomorrow (Wed 16th) the Irish Foreign Affairs Committee is to meet with Minister Costello who recently traveled to Gaza.
Minister Costello is very one sided as is his wife Emer Costello MEP.

We ask that you take 5 minutes and write a short email to the Committee.

Joe Costello

This Costello

Consider raising the following points. Continue reading

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