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Archive for August, 2014

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 (more…)

Today: MCB on anti-semitism

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

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?



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.”


Newshour: Israeli cinema

this afternoon (wednesday 27th), 2.36-2.43pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes interviews with …
• arab-israeli film producer suha arraf (more…)

Newshour: Gaza 26/8/2014

this evening (tuesday 26th), 9.35-9.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

“new Gaza ceasefire”

and includes interviews with …
ghazi hamad of hamas
mark regev
• bbc middle east editor jeremy bowen (more…)

World have your say: Gaza 26/8/2014

this evening (tuesday 26th), 6.05-7.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world have your say, presented by ben james
leads with phone-in on gaza truce with contributions from …
• farah, 16, from gaza city
lahav harkov of the jerusalem post from tel aviv
• bbc reporter kevin connolly from jerusalem
• intern dr bassel abuwarda (26) of al shifa hospital, tweeter (see also MEMO 417)
shoshana from near jerusalem
xavier abu eid, of the palestinian authority, from ramallah (more…)

HARDtalk: Mads Gilbert

monday 18th august, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
hardtalk: pro-gaza activist dr mads gilbert

Mads Gilbert is an outspoken political activist on behalf of the Palestinian cause.
Does this interfere with his work as a medic and humanitarian in Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza?
He talks to Zeinab Badawi.”


Alexei Sayle on anti-semitism

thursday 24th july, 12.00-2.00pm, on bbc radio 2
jeremy vine includes …

Is the Israel/Gaza conflict causing a rise in anti-Semitism in Britain? Emma Barnett and Alexei Sayle discuss”
(0:05:28) Alexei Sayle: “I hate Jihadists, I hate muslim fundamentalists, I also hate Israeli fundamentalism, and that’s what Emma Barnett is supporting: she’s supporting the murder of children, the murder of women, that’s what she’s supporting, from a fascist, Zionist ideology. And that’s what this article is – it’s dressed-up propaganda.”

[“this article” – subtitled “It is terrifying to see those who oppose Israel’s war in Gaza turn against all Jews” – was in the telegraph of 23rd july] (more…)

Helen Bamber at Bergen-Belsen

yesterday evening (friday 22nd), 9.43-9.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes a repeat of helen bamber‘s talk about entering bergen-belsen concentration camp (more…)

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