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Archive for April, 2016

Son of Saul

this evening (saturday 30th), 7.19-7.27pm, on bbc radio 4
saturday review (presented by tom sutcliffe, with antonia quirke and ekow eshun) leads with …

Son of Saul is an award-laden Hungarian film dealing with the sonderkommandos at Auschwitz, Jewish inmates who were forced to prepare and mislead new arrivals.”


Newshour: Samaritans

this afternoon (saturday 30th), 1.50-1.55pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated 5.20pm, on pm on bbc radio 4)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

“Now, however, there are just 1000 Samaritans, in Nablus on the West Bank, and in Holon in Israel.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• chief priest hosni cohen (more…)

PM: Ken Livingstone 30/4/2016

this afternoon (saturday 30th), 5.01-5.02pm and 5.05-5.13pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by carolyn quinn) includes …

Ken Livingstone said today that he’d rather be gardening and looking after his newts than appearing on the media to defend his remarks about Hitler. But defend them he did, perhaps under the motto ‘when you’re in a hole, keep digging!

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
ken livingstone
john mcdonnell
jonathan ashworth
louise ellman (more…)

Any answers: anti-semitism

this afternoon (saturday 30th), 2.00-2.30pm, on bbc radio 4
any answers (presented by anita anand) (phone-in programme – obviously live – on the jewish sabbath when jews are unlikely to take part)

“My question to you: Does Labour have a problem with anti-semitism?
… The question as it was posed was: Is being anti-Israel the same as being anti-semitic?

including contributions from …
helen marx “ashamed as a Jew”
anthony henshall
andy white “mccarthysim”
patrick dawes
naomi wimborne-idrissi, co-founder and secretary of j-big (jews for boycotting israeli goods) “it’s not the same as antisemitism, which is a visceral hatred of jews
shirley mowbrath
judy “but those people who criticise israel because they actually want to destroy her, they are anti-semitic … unfortunately, there are some jews who are anti-semitic on that basis”
tony banks (not the mp)
jonathan hoffman (quotes the eumc definition of anti-semitism)
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Today: BBC and anti-Zionism

this morning (saturday 30th), 7.00-7.03am, 7.18-7.7.21am, and 8.48-8.53am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) includes …

Jeremy Corbyn has announced an inquiry into anti-semitism in the Labour Party.”
“Can you be anti-Israeli without being anti-semitic? … I asked Jeremy Bowen what the generally accepted difference was, between anti-semitism and anti-Zionism?

with contributions from …
• bbc reporter ben wright
jon ashworth mp
• bbc reporter john bateman
• bbc reporter jeremy bowen (more…)

Any Questions: anti-semitism

yesterday evening (friday 29th), 8.02-8.21pm, on bbc radio 4
any questions (chaired by david dimbleby) leads with …

Can you be anti-Israel without being anti-semitic?

with …
jon ashworth, shadow minister without portfolio
claire fox, director of the institute of ideas
chris grayling, leader of the house
john nicolson mp (snp) (more…)

6 o’clock news: Tom Watson

this evening (friday 29th), 6.01-6.04pm, on bbc radio 4
six o’clock news (presented by zeb soanes) leads with …

“Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has promised that the party will ‘get a grip’ on anti-semitism.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter ian watson
• deputy political editor john pienaar (more…)

Newsday: Eleanor Margolis

this morning (friday 29th), on bbc world service radio
newsday (presented by julian keane) includes …

Left-wing or Jewish?
Eleanor Margolis is a columnist for The New Statesman and she thinks there is a problem with anti-Semitism and the left. She has written an article about feeling that she must choose between her ‘Jewishness’ or her ‘Leftness’


Question Time: Labour anti-semitism?

yesterday evening (thursday 28th), 10.45-10.59pm, on bbc 1
question time (chaired by david dimbleby) leads with …

(Philip Green) “Is there an issue surrounding anti-semitism within the Labour Party?

with answers from …
alex salmond
andy burnham
jill kirby, former director of the centre for policy studies
greg clark, communities secretary
paul marshall, chairman of marshall wace (more…)

W@1: Labour anti-semitism

this afternoon (friday 29th), 1.07-1.14pm, on bbc radio 4
world at one (presented by mark mardell) leads with …

“The leader of the Israeli Labour Party, Isaac Herzog, told us that some recent comments by Labour leaders have been horrific, and should serve as a warning to the party.”

including contributions from …
jonathan arkush, president of the jewish board of deputies
tom watson, labour deputy leader
jon lansman
isaac herzog, isareli labour party leader (more…)

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