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Archive for March, 2019

Profile: Oliver Letwin

this afternoon (sunday 31st), 5.40-5.55pm (repeated from 7.00pm yesterday), on bbc radio 4 

oliver letwin (presented by mark coles) (in the profile series)

“The Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin made headlines this week when he persuaded the Commons to try to agree an alternative plan for Brexit. Mark Coles profiles the member for West Dorset, who has previously been in the news for – among other things – accidentally letting burglars into his home.”

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My Mediterranean

last sunday and this morning (24th and 31st march), 12.30-1.30pm, on bbc 2 tv 

my mediterranean (presented by adrian chiles) (2 episodes) includes …

Adrian Chiles converted to Catholicism ten years ago, but wonders whether his choice of church was an accident of birth and geography. If he had been born in Istanbul or Jerusalem, would he have been equally happy being a Muslim or a Jew?

1. … Next stop is Istanbul, where he has fun in the Grand Bazaar , and meets one of the last Jewish traders in the whole place, selling religious artefacts.

He travels to Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Sukkot, and then moves on to Tel-Aviv to get drunk with a gay, atheist, Jewish celebrity chef. His final stop is an Evangelical concert by the Dead Sea, attended by Christians from all over the world.”

2. “Adrian observes the Sabbath with a Jewish family, but his brief flirtation with Judaism is cut short when he learns that becoming a Jew is not quite as simple as wanting to join.”

including contributions from …

giacomo moscati, vice-president of rome’s jewish community

riccardo di segni, chief rabbi of rome

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SU: The unexpected

this morning (sunday 31st), 6.05-6.35am, on bbc radio 4 

the unexpected (presented by rabbi dr harvey belovski) (in the something understood series)

“Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski explores attitudes towards the unexpected, and argues we should view the astonishing and surprising as a gift of guidance.”

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Newshour: BBC analyses Gaza

this afternoon (saturday 30th), 1.06-1.20pm, 1.30-1.31pm, and 1.50-1.59pm, on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

Gaza marks Israel march anniversary

including reports from …

• bbc reporter tom bateman

• bbc reporter yolande knell

• associate professor of linguistics mosheer amer, university of gaza

dany bahar, brookings institution

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News/PM/6ocn: Gaza border anniversary

this afternoon (saturday 30th), 1.07-1.09pm, 5.02-5.03pm, and 6.05-6.07pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 9.07pm on newshour on bbc world service radio)

news, pm (presented by jonny dymond), and six o’clock news include …

Tens of thousand of Palestinians have been taking part in protests along the boundary between the Gaza strip and Israel. They’ve been throwing stones and petrol bombs, and attempting to reach the perimeter fence. Israeli forces have used live ammunition and tear gas. Health officials in Gaza say three protesters have been killed.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter yolande knell

• bbc reporter tom bateman

• gaza spokesman bahaa abu shamala

• idf spokesman jonathan conricus

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Today: Gaza border anniversary 2

this morning (saturday 30th), 7.05-7.06am, 8.06am, and 8.57-8.59am, on bbc radio 4 

today (presented by nick robinson and justin webb) includes …

Thousands of Palestinians are gathering along the Israel-Gaza border to mark the start of weekly protests a year ago. Israeli forces have killed nearly 200 Palestinian demonstrators during that time, while one Israeli soldier has died. And a Palestinian is reported to have been shot dead this morning. The leader of Hamas, which controls Gaza, has called for a million people to join today’s action.”

including report from …

• bbc reporter tom bateman

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Today: Gaza border anniversary

this morning (friday 29th), 7.15-7.19am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 9.40pm on newshour on bbc world service radio) 

today (presented by john humphrys) includes …

Tomorrow marks a year since Palestinians began protesting at Gaza’s perimeter fence with Israel. Hamas, the militant group that runs the strip, is marking the anniversary calling for a million-person march at the fence. Israel has been massing troops nearby, after a week that’s already seen a significant military flare-up. There are some signs that a truce may hold, but people on both sides are braced for violence.”

including report from … 

• bbc reporter tom bateman

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PM: Israeli election

yesterday afternoon (thursday 28th), 5.46-5.49pm, on bbc radio 4

pm (presented by jonny dymond) includes …

Israel goes to the polls in 12 days time, and it’s an eventful campaign. Prime Minister Netanyahu faces corruption charges, but has not let that deter him from running against a main opponent, a former military chief of staff, Benny Gantz. This week, President Trump has said he’ll recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights … There was a rocket strike from Gaza on Monday, and retaliation of dozens of air raids on Hamas targets.”

including report from …

• bbc reporter tom bateman

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HC: Gaza Border Deaths

last friday midday (22nd march), 11.45am-12.30, on bbc parliament tv 

house of commons live: gaza deaths (urgent question)

“Gaza Border Deaths: UNHRC Inquiry”

questions to Alistair Burt (C)
by …
Emily Thornberry (Lab)
Julian Lewis (C)
Stella Creasy (Lab)
Rachel Maclean (C)
RIchard Burden (Lab)
Alex Chalk (C)
Louise Ellman (Lab)
Kevin Foster (C)
Paul Sweeney (Lab)
John Howell (C)
Steven Twigg (Lab)
Edward Davey (LD)
Rosena Allin-Khan (Lab)
Cat Smith (Lab)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Lab)
Naz Shah (Lab)
Afzal Khan (Lab)
Andy Slaughter (Lab)
Bill Esterson (Lab)
Christian Matheson (Lab)
Louise Haigh (Lab)
Mike Kane (Lab)
Alex Cunningham (Lab)

(transcript at https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-03-22/debates/44C1497E-59CA-42A7-97F3-3B6A2F054B86/GazaBorderDeathsUNHRCInquiry)

(see also transcript of debate of 15th may 2018 at https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-05-15/debates/D6170F50-D03A-40D8-B257-5C2A55493561/GazaBorderViolence)

(if you missed it, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003z31/house-of-commons-live-gaza-deaths-urgent-question)

P4t: Berger 26/3/2019

yesterday morning (tuesday 26th), 5.45-5.48am, on bbc radio 2

pause for thought by rabbi jeff berger

Earth was given to humankind.”

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