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Archive for April, 2017

The boy in the striped pajamas

last monday evening (17th april), 10.00-11.30pm, on bbc 2 (repeated from may 2015 april 2014 and august 2011 on bbc 2, and from february 2013 and february 2016 on bbc 4)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008, based on the book by John Boyne), starring David Thewlis, Sheila Hancock, and Rupert Friend

“The tale of an unlikely friendship between Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp.
Contains some upsetting scenes.”

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HARDtalk: Rima Khalaf

this morning (monday 17th), 4.30-5.00am (repeated 12.30am tonight), on bbc news tv (repeated 8.06pm today, on bbc world service radio)
rima khalaf – executive secretary of UN ESCWA 2010-2017 (presented by steephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

Stephen Sackur talks to Rima Khalaf, who ran the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
She commissioned a report which accused Israel of systematically implementing apartheid policies and promptly resigned from her UN post when the secretary general refused to accept the work.
What were her motives?

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BC: sharing passover; conversion

tomorrow morning (sunday 16th), 11.37-11.46am, on bbc world service radio (repeated from this evening, 10.37pm)
boston calling (presented by marco werman) includes …

Sharing the Seder during Passover with a family of Syrian Yazidi refugees; and Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism, but in Israel, converting is not that simple.”

including contributions from …
• reporter judith kogan
• auschwitz survivor hannah berkowitz, 85
• daughter rachel miller
• reporter daniel estrin
• rabbi seth farber, of ITIM (more…)

H&S: Samaritans

this afternoon (friday 14th), 1.30-2.00pm (repeated sunday 5.30am), on bbc world service radio
the good samaritan (presented by lipika pelham) (in the heart and soul series)

Lipika Pelham finds out about the Israelites, whom we call the Samaritans, who live divided in the ancient holy land, between Holon in Israel and Mount Gerizim on the West Bank, and who are in danger of dying out.

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Singer sewing machine

tomorrow evening (saturday 14th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from october 2016)
song of the singer sewing machine (presented by maria margaronis) (in the archive on 4 series)
(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z2j3r)

HLQ: Balfour Declaration

last tuesday morning (4th april), 9.38-9.46am, on bbc parliament tv
lords questions includes …

“What plans [do the Government] have to commemorate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration?”
speeches by lord or baroness …
warner(xb)
collins (lab)
leigh (c)
bishop of worcester
northover (ld)
waverley (xb)
replies by …
anelay

(Baroness Anelay, Minister of State, FCO) “My Lords, we will mark the centenary of Balfour with pride. The Prime Minister has extended a guest of Government invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit the UK on the centenary. We are proud of our role in the creation of Israel. However, we recognise that the declaration should have called for the protection of political rights of non-Jewish communities in Palestine, particularly their right to self-determination. This is why we support a two-state solution.

… The Balfour Declaration was an historic statement and one for which the United Kingdom has no intention to apologise.
… we are in active discussions with like-minded partners to support the [United Nations Human Rights] council in addressing the fact that there appears to be a disproportionate focus on Israel in the council, which we believe hardens positions on both sides.
… it is necessary to ensure that they do not proceed with such settlements.”

(transcript at https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2017-04-03/debates/632A5268-21B5-4F91-884A-B339C52A0109/BalfourDeclaration) (more…)

HLQ: ambulance transfers

tuesday 28th march, 10.33-10.41pm, on bbc parliament tv
lords questions includes …

“What assessment have [the Government] made of the impact of back to back transfers between ambulances at checkpoints on the health of Palestinians seeking to access emergency care in East Jerusalem hospitals?”
speeches by lord or baroness …
sheehan (ld)
polak(c)
deech (xb)
anderson (lab)
bishop of winchester
collins (lab)
wallace (ld)
replies by …
bates

(transcript at https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2017-03-28/debates/48FE749D-0871-4FFD-A320-08D849CE43EA/EastJerusalemAccessToEmergencyCare) (more…)

Sean Spicer

today (wednesday 12th), 7.15-7.19am, 8.03-8.05am, and 5.15-5.24pm, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague), and pm (presented by eddie mair), include …

“The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, has been criticised for questioning why Russia would want to back President Assad of Syria – when even Hitler ‘didn’t sink to using chemical weapons’.
Journalists at the briefing pointed out that poison gas was used to kill Jews and others in the Holocaust. Mr Spicer has since apologised for using an inappropriate and insensitive comparison.”

including contributions from …
ashley parker, white house correspondent for the washington post
• bbc reporter jon sopel
• professor deborah lipstadt (more…)

AYR: Abraham’s brother

this morning (wednesday 12th), 7.00-7.30am, on radio 4 extra (repeated at 5.00pm) (repeated from february 2002 september 2008 december 2009 january 2013 and april 2014)
abraham’s brother, by barry grossman, with tracy-ann oberman, david de keyser and doreen mantle (3rd of 6 weekly episodes, 3rd series, of the attractive young rabbi)

“A faded photograph and a cctv recording spell trouble for Rabbi Abraham.”

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Witness: Alf Dubs

thursday 16th march, 8.50-9.00am (repeated 1.50pm), on bbc radio 4
alf dubs: the germans occupy prague (in the witness series) (presented by louise hidalgo) (more…)

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