presenter ernie rea expresses unchallenged the bbc’s position that the creation of israel, and not the arabs’ wars against israel, was the cause of palestinians’ statelessness and occupation …
(0:12:00) … subsequent to that we had the rise of the Nazis in Germany, we had the Holocaust with 6 million Jews losing their lives, and then at the end of that there was a state of Israel declared, in 1948, with it has to be said pretty dire consequences for the Palestinians.
zionism and judaism (in the beyond belief series)
“A new term of abuse has emerged on social media: Zio, a shortened form of Zionist. Meanwhile the evidence suggests that anti Semitism is on the rise in Britain. There have been high profile cases of politicians who have been disciplined for anti Semitic comments.
There appears to be some confusion even within the Jewish community over what Zionism means, whether a distinction should be drawn between anti Semitism and anti Zionism and what the relationship is between Judaism and Zionism.
Ernie Rea brings together three Jews to discuss these issues: • Robert Cohen is a Jewish blogger and commentator on the British Jewish community and its relationship to the State of Israel: • Dr Yaakov Wise is a Manchester based Orthodox Jewish historian and writer: and • Jessica Elgot was formerly a journalist for the Jewish Chronicle and is now writing for the Guardian.”
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b083n15d)