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Newshour: Ian McEwan

this afternoon (monday 1st), 2.50-2.57pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour presented by razia iqbal ends with …

James Coomarasamy interviews novelist Ian McEwan
(0:51:13) “The best bit of Israel, which is represented in writers like Amoz Oz and David Grossman, is very much in retreat, overwhelmed by a kind of sense of panic. I have no time for Hamas. But I think in this case the Israeli Defence Force has been disproportionately violent.”
“How should intellectuals react, though, you say that the liberal Israeli authors are in retreat: how should Western writers react?”
Go there, engage: I gave a formal lecture in receiving the Jerusalem Prize, I was as strong against Hamas as against the ethnic cleansing, really, of East Jerusalem. So, engage!”
“Do you relish the fact that you have the platform to talk about these issues, or would you prefer to be a writer who simply talks about his books, his novels?”
“Probably the latter, probably I’ve already gone too far. Being misunderstood and misquoted is (you must know better than anyone) an occupational hazard, and public rows involve a great deal of “I didn’t say that, I said this”, and at some point I think, Oh I just want to get on with what I do.”

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this afternoon (monday 1st), 2.32-35pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour presented by razia iqbal includes …

Mark Lobel visits Tel Aviv and Bethlehem to find the effect of the Gaza conflict on Israeli and West Bank tourism”

and includes interviews with …
• jerusalem tour guide david tau
• tourism minister yair lapid
• bethlehem shopkeeper elias abu daneem Read the rest of this entry »

this afternoon (monday 1st), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
holy spirit (in the beyond belief series) Read the rest of this entry »

Newshour: Gaza 27/8/2014

yesterday evening (wednesday 27th), 9.32-9.40pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

“Egypt opens Gaza crossing”

and …

“Life in the Golan Heights”

and includes interviews with …
pablo ricardo of the world food programme
david stillman from ein zivan Read the rest of this entry »

this morning (thursday 28th), 8.44-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
today includes john humphries interviewing vivian wineman of the board of deputies and dr shuja shafi of the muslim council of britain on their joint statement (, which although it condemns violence or intimidation, is silent on blaming british jews for the actions of israel

(2:46:20) Humphries “So scrawling “Free Gaza” on a synagogue would be something you would say just do not do that, to people in your community?”
(2:46:31) Shafi “I think what this joint statement is about also is that we recognise that for Palestine and Israel conflict is concerned, there are deeply held views among the communities, and that is politically right for them to have it’s a right for them to have, and that should not be in any way curtailed. But what we need to understand is that there’s a proper way of how we conduct this, and there is no room for anti-semitism islamophobia or any type of hatred.”
(2:47:10) HumphriesBut scrawling “Free Gaza” on the door of a synagogue would count as anti-semitism in your view, would it?”
(2:47:17) ShafiErm …
(2:47:19) Humphries “Well, you’re a bit unsure?
Shafi “No”
Humphries “I’m sure Vivian Wineman would consider, would you consider it anti-semitic?”
(2:47:24) “Absolutely, “
(2:47:26) ShafiWe would have no hesitation in saying anything that is anti-semitic should not be [inaudible]
(2:47:31) HumphriesBut would scrawling “Free Gaza” on the door of a synagogue count as anti-semitism in your view?”
(2:47:36) Shafi “Well, it’s a rule that perhaps we should follow and respect, and say this is probably not the way to do it, but there are other ways of doing it.”

apparently, since “Free Gaza” is not in itself anti-semitic, the mcb has not yet accepted that scrawling it on a synagogue accuses british jews as jews of being responsible for the actions of israel, and thereby stirs up racial hatred
(if you missed it, available from 2:44:25 to 2:49:30 at
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HARDtalk: Yuval Steinitz

tomorrow early morning (thursday 28th), 12.30-12.55am and 4.30-4.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80) (repeated 10.35-11.00pm on bbc 2)
hardtalk: yuval steinitz

“With a ceasefire now in place in Gaza, the Israeli government faces a simple question: what exactly did Operation Protective Edge achieve? For all the death and destruction in Gaza, has Israel’s position been strengthened or weakened?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz. Does Israel need a strategic rethink?

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this evening (wednesday 27th), 10.25-10.40pm, on bbc radio 3:
cutting tradition: male circumcision (essay 9 of 10 in the radio 3 free thinking festival) (repeated from november 2013)

“What do recent debates among medical ethicists and lawyers over male infant circumcision reveal about the different ways we view male and female bodies?
Rebecca Steinfeld, from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, looks at changing attitudes to religious traditions involving genital cutting.”

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