for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Jerusalem (2 of 3)

last tuesday evening (19th april), 10.00-11.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated 2.45am, monday 25th) (repeated from december 2011)
invasion, invasion, invasion (presented by simon sebag montefiore) (2nd of 3 weekly episodes in the jerusalem: the making of a holy city series)

“In episode two, Simon discovers the impact on the holy city of a new faith – Islam.
He explores Muhammad’s relationship with Jerusalem, the construction of one of Islam’s holiest shrines – the Dome of the Rock – and the crusaders’ attempts to win it back for Christianity.
He also brings to life lesser-known characters, whose impact still resonate – Al Hakim‘s destructive delusions of grandeur and Queen Melisende‘s embellishment of crusader Jerusalem, as well as the notorious stand-off between Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.
The episode ends in the 13th century with King Frederick II, whose groundbreaking power-sharing deal prefigures the tortuous peace negotiations of our own times. Then, as now, peace did not last.”

(if you miss it, available at


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