for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

this afternoon (sunday 19th), 1.18-1.23pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“A popular chocolate dessert, “Milky”, which turns out to be rather cheaper in Germany than in Israel, has started a controversy.”

and includes interviews with …
naor narkis from berlin Read the rest of this entry »

tomorrow evening (sunday 19th), 8.00-9.00pm, on channel 4 tv
hitler’s hidden drug habit (in the secret history series) Read the rest of this entry »

tomorrow evening (wednesday 15th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
david baddiel, shlomo sand, julie burchill: three separate interviews on jewish identity with professor rana mitter (in the free thinking series)

“1. David Baddiel has transformed his film The Infidel into a musical which premieres at Stratford East Theatre in London. It depicts a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family and then adopted.
2. The Israeli professor of history Shlomo Sand has written a polemical book How I Stopped Being a Jew.
3. Julie Burchill‘s latest book is called Unchosen – The Memoirs of a Philo-Semite.”

see also shlomo sand’s “I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew” in last saturday’s guardian
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l3987) Read the rest of this entry »

yesterday evening (monday 13th), 5.45-10.00pm, on bbc parliament tv (freeview channel 131)
(transcript at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141013/debt…)
house of commons debate on …

Palestine and Israel

the debate itself was unexciting, since labour mps were forbidden to speak or vote against the motion, and many pro-israel pro-peace members on all sides took no part:
less than half the house voted, and the motion was carried by 274 to 12 (out of 600 mps, less those of ministerial and official status)
(the pro-israel pro-peace amendment was “not selected” by the Speaker, and so not voted on)
notable contributions
hywel williams, speaking on behalf of plaid cymru, charges that most jews (other than a “significant number”) oppose peace (and that israel has a policy of pursuing war rather than negotiation or peace) …

(9.45pm) “I want to take the opportunity to reject yet again the conflation of opposition to the Israeli Government’s war policy with supposed enmity towards the Jewish people. That is a peculiar charge, given that a significant number of Jewish people support peace.”

david ward, speaking on behalf of the liberal democrats, concentrates on the events of 1917 and 1948, charges that israel is in breach of the balfour declaration, and criticises the killing of british soldiers and police, and the very creation of israelRead the rest of this entry »

House of Commons vote

this evening (monday 13th), 9.35-9.43pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

“House of Commons Palestinian vote”

and includes interviews with …
crispin blunt mp
john woodcock mp Read the rest of this entry »

this afternoon (monday 13th), 1.22-1.27pm, and 2.43-2.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) asks …

gaza: did israel commit war crimes?

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter kevin connolly
• deputy military attorney-general eli baron
sarit michaeli of b’tselem
mustafa barghouti Read the rest of this entry »

today (sunday 12th), 1.06-1.15pm, and 9.31-9.40pm,on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) leads with …

“Funding Gaza reconstruction”

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell
• teacher abdul karim abu ahmed (see also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29107594)
• bbc reporter orla guerin
chris gunness of unwra, in jerusalem
tony blair Read the rest of this entry »

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