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Archive for May, 2018

Sectarianism in Syria

this afternoon (thursday 31st), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
sectarianism (presented by edward stourton, with • professor fawaz gerges, • professor madawi al-rasheed, and • professor anoush ehteshami) (4th of 5 episodes in the how syria changed the world series) includes …

“In early May, the Israeli military authoriites ordered the opening of bomb shelters on the Golan Heights, and on the night of May 9th/10th, Israelis launched their biggest attacks yet on Iranian positions inside Syria.”


FOOC: Palestinian music

this morning (thursday 31st), 11.19-11.24am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) includes …

Robin Denselow is at a music festival on the West Bank designed to amplify the voices of those that live there and give the Palestinean music scene a boost.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter robin denselow

Newsday: Gaza shelling

this morning (wednesday 30th), 7.12-7.21am, on bbc world service radio
newsday leads with …

”The UN Security Council is due to meet later today to discuss the upsurge of violence between Palestinian militants in Gaza and the Israeli army.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman

P4t: Belovski 29/5/2018

yesterday morning (tuesday 29th), 9.22-9.25am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought by rabbi dr harvey belovski

Coming of age: Try to be the best version of yourself, rather than measuring against the expectations of others.”


P4t: Goldberg 29/5/2018

yesterday morning (tuesday 29th), 5.47-5.50am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought by jewish chaplain alex goldberg

Friendships across faiths: ’How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’!”

Newshour: Gaza airstrikes

today (tuesday 29th), 2.57-2.59pm, and 9.56-9.59pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by razia iqbal and julian marshall) conclude with …

”There’s been a further upsurge of violence today, with massive Israeli airstrikes on Gaza in response to a barrage of shells from Palestinian militants.”

including reports from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman

FB: Labour anti-semitism

friday 18th may, 10.04-10.14pm, on bbc 2 tv
frankie boyle’s new world order (with sara pascoe, katherine ryan, and mona chalabi) includes a discussion of anti-semitism in the Labour Party

”Joining us is David Baddiel: have you been following Labour’s hatred of Jews?”


Jewish Odessa

tuesday 15th may, 6.47-6.51pm, on bbc 2 tv
kiev to odessa, part 2 (presented by michael portillo) (episode 2 of series 6 in the great continental railway journeys series) includes …

“Michael explores Odessa, a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with French, Italian, Russian and Jewish influences.
At the city’s Great Synagogue, he hears how the once sizeable Jewish population is beginning to recover after the violent pogroms of the 19th and early 20th centuries and the Holocaust.”
“They made about 30% of the city’s population.”

including interview with …
• senior rabbi refael kruskal

H&S: new Anatevka

this evening (sunday 27th), 11.32-11.59pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated from 9.32am and from 1.32pm friday)
building anatevka (in the heart and soul series) (presented by olga smirnova)

“The community of Anatevka near the Ukrainian capital Kiev has been created to especially welcome Jews from war-torn Eastern Ukraine. Construction started in 2015, and it was named after a hometown of Tevye the Dairyman, from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

LW: Philip Roth

this evening (sunday 27th), 8.36-8.42pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from 4.18pm on thursday)
last word (presented by julian worracker) includes …

“The multiple award-winning American novelist, Philip Roth, author of Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral

including contribution from …
• reporter michael carlson
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