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Archive for November, 2019

Ephraim Mirvis

this evening (saturday 30th), 7.00-7.15pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 5.45am tomorrow)

chief rabbi ephraim mirvis (presented by edward stourton) (in the profile series)

Edward Stourton traces the Chief Rabbi’s story, which begins with a childhood in apartheid South Africa. His tenure as Chief Rabbi has been marked by a few liberalising initiatives, which have ruffled feathers and caused some disquiet within the wider Jewish community.  


Nh: Bethlehem relic

this afternoon (saturday 30th), 1.36-1.42pm (repeated 9.25pm), on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

A fragment of wood reputed to be from the crib where Jesus was laid after his birth, is returning to Bethlehem after more than a thousand years in Rome.”

including contributions from …

yisca harani of the galilee institute


TP: No Corbyn apology

last tuesday evening (26th november), 10.45-10.52pm and 11.30-11.36pm, on bbc news tv

the papers (with journalists • mo husssein and • rachel shabi) leads with …

“It’s Jeremy Corbyn’s BBC interview with Andrew Neil this evening that is dominating the headlines at the moment. Let’s start with The Telegraph: Jeremy Corbyn refuses to say sorry to Jews.”


TP: Mirvis intervenes

last monday evening (25th november), 10.45-10.51pm and 11.30-11.36pm, on bbc news tv

the papers (with journalists • anna mikhailova and • sonia sodha) leads with …

In an unprecedented move into politics, the Chief Rabbi has said Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-semitism makes him unfit for high office, while warning that the very soul of our nation is at stake in next month’s general election.”


QT: No Corbyn apology

yesterday evening (thursday 28th), 11.32-11.43pm, on bbc 1 tv 

question time (chaired by fiona bruce) concludes with …

“What are we to make of Jeremy Corbyn’s repeated refusal on the Andrew Neil show to apologise for the anti-semitism he has presided over?”

including panellists  …

• author lionel shriver

caroline lucas

brandon lewis

andy mcdonald

• journalist zanny minton beddoes


PM/6ocn: McCluskey “Unfair!”

this afternoon (thursday 28th), 5.40-5.43pm and 6.13-6.14pm, on bbc radio 4

pm (presented by evan davis) and six o’clock news include  …

“Today on The World at One one of his closest allies, Len McCluskey, the leader of the Unite union, went a step further.”

“Some senior figures in the party say that the elephant in the room at this election is Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and and at the doorsteps, voters are raising more concerns about him, than about Brexit.”


W@1: McCluskey “Unfair!”

this afternoon (thursday 28th), 1.14-1.17pm, on bbc radio 4 

world at one (presented by sarah montague) includes …

What about ordinary working Jewish people? You’ll know that the Chief Rabbi has talked of antisemitism, ‘a poison sanctioned from the top’.“

“I think that was wrong and quite extraordinary that a religious leader should come out and say that.”

[0:16:18] “But there are other organisations: the Jewish Voice for Labour, for example, has come out and rejected the type of criticism levelled at Jeremy Corbyn and Labour. It’s unfair!

including interview with …

len mccluskey of unite


Tftd: Sacks 28/11/2019

this morning (thursday 28th), 7.49-7.52am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by former chief rabbi lord sacks

Asma Shuweikh, the lady in the train, who later said I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again, chose not to be a bystander but to confront racism head-on. Her quiet courage should be a model for us all.”



yesterday evening (wednesday 27th), 11.27-11.42am, on bbc 1 tv 

the man who knew too much (narrated by alan yentob) includes …

“There were very few Jews in the camp, but in 1943 on the instructions of Himmler, the leader of the SS, 86 Jews were brought to Natzweiler-Stuthof from Auschwitz. They were selected by anthropologists and blood-tested first, to be sure that they started out on their journey in good health. Commandant Josef Kramer later testified at Nuremeberg to his role in what happened.

עַל-אֵלֶּה אֲנִי בוֹכִיָּה, עֵינִי עֵינִי יֹרְדָה מַּיִם


WH: Tehran Children

yesterday morning (wednesday 27th), 10.31-10.41am, on bbc radio 4 

woman’s hour (presented by jane garvey) includes …

“The extraordinary true story of one thousand Polish-Jewish child refugees who escaped the Nazis and found refuge in Iran.”  

including interview with …

mikhal dekel, author of tehran children

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