for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Appignanesi, Rosen, Currie

three evenings this week (monday 26th, tuesday 27th, thursday 29th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
lisa appignanesi, michael rosen and edwina currie (1st 2nd and 4th of 5 episodes of the birthday treat, in the the essay series)

“To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Radio 3, the network invited five writers with whom it shares a birthday, also turning 70 this year, on a birthday outing.
Our contributors chose to visit places that have some personal significance for them, where they could look back and reflect on their feelings in this special birthday year.”

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this morning (monday 26th), 7,13-7.21am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague) includes …

“A Jewish Labour MP has told this programme that she is appalled by claims that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party has been exaggerated for political purposes.
Ross Hawkins reports.”

including contributions from …
jackie walker
luciana berger mp
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last friday evening (23rd september), 8.16-8.27pm, on bbc radio 4
any questions (chaired by jonathan dimbleby), with shami chakrabarti, tim farron, harsimrat kaur, and brandon lewis, includes …

“Is it right that Jeremy Corbyn, supposedly a man of prinicple and honour, should preside over a party where a Jewish Labour MP feels the need for personal protection when attending her own party’s conference?

Chakrabarti completely avoids answering the question, and diminishes the issue of anti-semitism in Labour by:
(i) saying it’s not just in the Labour Party,
(ii) treating it equally with “instability toxicity and misogyny“,
(iii) rambling about sandwiches, “stepping-up”, and party history, and
(iv) pleading “please don’t demonise every member of Momentum and call them anti-semitic

(Chakrabarti: 0:14:50) …

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Sunday: Venice ghetto

this morning (sunday 25th), 7.19-7.26am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by william crawley) includes …

500 years ago Venice established the world’s first Ghetto. Although it was the place where Jews were forced to live, it became a cultural crossroads.
Judi Herman reports on events marking the anniversary.”

including contributions from …
donatella calabi, curator of venice the jews and europe
shaul bassi, director of the venice centre for international jewish studies
antonio moretti sinigaglia of the banco rosso
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in an interview about black deaths in america, a guardian journalist feels it necessary to use gaza as a standard of comparison for life expectancy, and the bbc, instead of disassociating itself, accepts it as startlingly appropriate

(for life expectancy in uk, gaza, egypt, jordan, etc, see…,…)

yesterday morning (saturday 24th), 8.46-8.51am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague) includes interview with …
gary younge, editor-at-large for the guardian and author of another day in the death of america

“(1:48:50) When you have communities with the exceptional amounts of poverty that they do, a black man’s life expectancy in DC is lower than a man’s life expectancy on the Gaza Strip.”
Seriously? Sorry, that’s a startling statistic if it’s true.”
“Absolutely, according to CIA figures about life expectancy on the Gaza strip, and the Government’s figures on black life expectancy in DC, that’s certainly true the last time I looked.”

(if you missed it, available from 1:46:30 to 1:51:30 ar

P4t: Julia Neuberger 22/9/2016

this morning (thursday 22nd), 9.22-9.25am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought by rabbi julia neuberger

Songs press a particular memory button, bring back associations and give us pause.”

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yesterday morning (wednesday 21st), 5.49-5.53am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought, by rabbi shoshana boyd gelfand

Night & Day: ‘While I have my dark moments, I choose to believe that light and goodness will win‘.”

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