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Archive for June, 2015

Outlook: Suicide in Israel

this afternoon (tuesday 30th), 12.05-12.17pm (repeated 8.05-8.17pm), on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
outlook (presented by matthew bannister) includes …

Esther Alexander lost two children to suicide and as if that wasn’t hard enough, Esther and her family have also had to deal with being ostracised from their own community.
They are Orthodox Jewish and brought up their family in a conservative Kibbutzin their culture suicide is a very grave sin.
Despite the cultural pressure, Esther and her husband have decided to speak out about their experience and their story is now the subject of a film, Against Your Will, by the Israeli documentary film-maker Assaf Banitt.”

including contributions from …
• mother esther alexander
• assaf banitt (more…)

Today: Judith Kerr

yesterday morning (monday 29th), 7.20-7.24am, on bbc radio 4
today includes …

“The children’s author, Judith Kerr, said on our programme on Saturday that the title character of her most famous book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, ‘is just a tiger’, and doesn’t symbolise anything else. She was responding to a suggestion by another famous children’s author, Michael Rosen, who said the tiger represented an underlying threat to her family and linked it to her fear that the Gestapo could arrest her father.


The Six Day War: 2 (Libya!)

the bbc presents a view of the six day war “from both sides” without mentioning any military action or threat by the arab states, and without any israeli input at all:
last sunday evening (21st june), 8.18-8.28pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
the history hour (presented by max pearson) includes …

(last week, at 0:27:02) “Of course, this is a deeply controversial topic, with highly charged views on both sides. So, for obvious reasons, we’re going to hear from both sides. Next week: the Israeli view. But right now, Louise Hidalgo hears from two Palestinians about their memories of that time.”
“Next, as promised last week, we’re going to get a second personal view of the Arab-Israeli Six Day War in June 1967. We’ve already heard a graphic account of the Palestinian experience of the conflict, which pitted the Jewish state against the armed forces of Egypt Jordan and Syria.
So it’s only right and proper that we hear now from the other side, and that other side doesn’t just mean those living in Israel, there was at the time a Jewish population scattered throughout the Middle East and beyond. Louise Hidalgo has been talking to someone from the Jewish community in Tripoli, who was forced to flee when anti-Jewish riots broke out in Libya.”

including interview with …
lilianna suroor
(if you missed it, available from 0:13:30 to 0:23:00 at or at

Newshour: Israel’s fears

this afternoon (saturday 27th), 1.43-1.49pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

“There are deep fears in many countries in the Middle East that … Iran is bent on acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Nowhere does the fear run deeper than in Israel, which worries it may be a target for a future Iranian nuclear bomb.
As the deadline for an agreement approaches, our Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly has been measuring the mood in Jerusalem.”

including contributions from …
• former likud mnister dan meridor
tamara cofman wittes of the brookings institution (more…)

Today: Judith Kerr

this morning (saturday 27th), 7.40-7.48am, on bbc radio 4
today includes …

‘My mother packed my childhood drawings when we fled Germany’:
Judith Kerr is one of Britain’s best-loved children’s writers and illustrators.
The author of The Tiger who came to Tea and Mog the cat is now 92 but she is still working and a retrospective of her work is being shown at the Jewish Museum in London.
Sarah Montague went to her home to speak to her in her studio.”


The Queen at Bergen-Belsen

this afternoon (friday 26th), on bbc television
bbc news (presented by nicholas witchell) includes …

Queen Elizabeth at Bergen-Belsen: ‘It’s difficult to imagine’.”

including contributions from …
• interrogator, captain eric melrose brown
• survivor anita lasker-wallfisch (more…)

Fraidy Reiss

tomorrow (saturday 27th), 5.32-5.41am, 2.32-2.41pm, and 8.32-8.41pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
boston calling leads with …

Unchained: We meet Fraidy Reiss, a New York woman who escaped from an abusive arranged marriage and is now helping others do the same thing.”


Lost children of the holocaust

this morning (friday 26th) 11.00-11.30am (1st of 2 episodes) (repeat of a single bbc world service radio programme broadcast on 6th may, in the the documentary series)
lost children of the holocaust (more…)


tonight (early thursday 25th), 12.25-2.15am, on channel 4 tv
zaytoun (זייתון‎) (2012) (more…)

Not in God’s name

yesterday morning (sunday 21st), 7.31-7.38am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

“The term ‘altruistic evil‘ is used by Rabbi Lord Sacks to describe the appeal that IS propaganda has on some youngsters.
Edward Stourton speaks to him about his new book Not in God’s name, in which he argues for a return to mainstream religious virtues in the fight against extremism.”


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