for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

GL: Edward Said

tomorrow evening (thursday 20th), 6.30-7.00pm (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4 extra (repeated from may 2012 on bbc radio 4)
edward said (presented by matthew parris, with alexei sayle) (in the great lives series), with guests …
ahdaf soueif, egyptian novelist and commentator
malise ruthven, author of encounters with islam

“Alexei Sayle explains why Edward Said, a man he met twice and described as “very noble and fiercely intelligent”, inspired him. He once described the Palestinians as ‘the victims of the victims’. This eloquence, on a subject that in America was taboo, still impresses Alexei Sayle today.
Edward Said was a man, who, in his own words, lived two quite separate lives. First there was the scholar and literary critic of Columbia University, and then there was the fierce critic of American and Israeli policies in the Middle East. In the United States he was an academic superstar, but his views – on Palestine in particular – made him an intensely divisive figure. He died of leukemia in 2003.”

(if you missed it, available at

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