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Archive for April, 2014

Jeremy Bowen in Hebron

yesterday afternoon (tuesday 29th), 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4
pm includes bbc middle east editor jeremy bowen on the stalled peace process, interviewing a hebron “settler” as being representative of the israeli side
(if you missed it, available from 0:27:00 at
hmm … if his views are held by a substantial proportion of israelis, why did bowen have to go all the way to hebron to interview someone? …
presumably to justify fitting in the description of palestinians having to go through security gates and turnstiles to reach the mosque of abraham

Razi Hamad

last saturday (26th april), on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world service newshour includes hamas deputy foreign minister razi (ghazi) hamad interviewed by julian marshall
(if you missed it, available from 0:26:30 to 0:31:30 at
see also last year’s al-monitor interview (4/4/2013) of razi hamad at…

Jews-for-Jesus “holocaust” video

this morning (friday 25th), 7.27-7.33am, on bbc radio 4
today includes rabbi laura janner-klausner talking about an offensive jews for jesus video showing jesus among jews being sent to a nazi gas chamber

“In the video, the “theological” idea is that the holocaust is brought as a punishment and Jesus is there to bring peace. Any theology, pretend-Jewish, Christian, evangelical, coercive, or Jewish, that connects holocaust with punishment, I totally reject.”


Generation War

last wednesday evening (23rd april), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4
frontrow includes …

“Booker-winning novelist Rachel Seiffert discusses the new German TV drama series Generation War which follows the lives of five friends in Berlin on different paths through Nazi Germany and World War II.”

(if you missed it, available at

sunday evening (27th april), 9:30-11.00pm, on bbc 2

generation war: our mothers, our fathers by Stefan Kolditz (1st of 3 weekly episodes) (more…)

The Glazer family

sunday afternoon (27th april), 5.40-5.55pm, on bbc radio 4
the glazer family (in the profile series)

The owners of Manchester United find themselves under the spotlight once again following the sacking of manager David Moyes, Alex Ferguson’s replacement.
American billionaire Malcolm Glazer and his family faced a hostile reaction from many fans when they took over the club in 2005.
The Glazers control a large business empire in the US including shopping centres and an American football team, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
They have attempted to keep their liives private but have been unable to avoid media attention. Jo Fidgen talks to friends, foes and observers.”

(if you miss it, available at

Outlook: dance and Camp David

yesterday (thursday 24th), 10.19-10.28pm and 10.38-10.46pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook includes (0:13:30-0:22:15) …

Pierre Dulaine (70) is a ballroom dancing champion whose Irish-Palestinian family fled Jaffa in 1948.
He returned in 2010 (from England) and teaches Jewish and Israeli-Arab children to dance together.”

and (0:32:40-0:40:15) …

“US author Lawrence Wright talks to Jane O’Brien about dramatising the 13 days of tense negotiation in 1978 that led to the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. His new play, based on Rosalynn Carter‘s personal diary, is called ‘Camp David.’ “
Carter had the mistaken idea that he could just put Sadat and Begin in the same room together, isolate them, and they would come to like and trust each other, and they would find a way to make peace. The very opposite happened, they hated each other, they couldn’t stand to be in the same room.”


Fatah-Hamas deal

yesterday (thursday 24th), on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world service newshour includes benjamin netanyahu interviewed by jeremy bowen

Israeli PM dismisses Fatah-Hamas deal

… followed (0:05:25 to 0:08:30) by analysis by jeremy bowen


Africans in Israel

last sunday afternoon (20th april), 12.06-13:00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
africans in the holy land (in the documentary series)

Paul Bakibinga travels to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to explore the lives and experiences of people from three different African communities.Mahmoud Salamat takes Paul around the narrow alleyways of the old city of Jerusalem to the hidden African quarter and introduces a small but close-knit community, who are descendants of Muslim pilgrims or soldiers who came to the Holy Land during the time of the British Mandate.

Paul also explores the experiences of different Ethiopian Jews who have returned to their ancient homeland, including rising star musician Ester Rada.

And he spends time in South Tel Aviv, where the bulk of African asylum-seekers live – stuck in a legal limbo amid growing hostility from politicians and local residents. The state cannot deport them – but neither will it grant them refugee status.”

(if you missed it, available at

Meditation from York

this afternoon (friday 18th), 3.00-3.30pm, on bbc radio 4
good friday meditation by archbishop john sentamu, includes a visit to cliffords tower, and hearing of its history, and of stories from the holocaust (more…)

Downfall (2004)

tomorrow evening (saturday 19th), 9.00-11.25pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9)
downfall (2004, directed by oliver hirschbiegel) (more…)

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