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Nh: Coronavirus Gaza 3

BBC bias: The BBC has now presented four different reports in under three weeks on Gazans “coping with the coronavirus pandemic” even though coronavirus has not yet entered Gaza (apart from “a handful of cases” in the quarantine unit on the Egyptian border), and without mentioning that the “devastation of the health service” is caused by lack of funding from the Palestinian Authority.

this evening (tuesday 31st), 9.15-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by paul henley) includes …

“How people in Gaza are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.”

including interview with …

najla shawa, food security manager for oxfam in gaza, formerly health research team leader at unrwa 2008-2014

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Nh: Coronavirus tracking

this afternoon (sunday 29th), 1.47-1.48pm (repeated 9.47pm), on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“And Israel has ordered its domestic security agency to track the mobile phone data of suspected coronavirus cases.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter krassi twigg 

• bbc reporter joel greenberg 


Nh: Coronavirus Gaza 2

this afternoon (thursday 26th), 1.54-1.58pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james menendez) concludes with …

“Will Gaza’s health care system be able to stem the spread of coronavirus?”

including interview by • bbc reporter tim franks with …

matthias schmale, head of gaza operations, unrwa


Twt: Coronavirus Gaza 2

BBC bias: BBC presenter Razia Iqbal fails to make clear that the two cases of coronavirus are from Egypt, not Gaza, and to mention that the “devastation of the health service” is caused by lack of funding from the Palestinian Authority.

yesterday evening (wednesday 25th), 10.08-10.14pm, on bbc radio 4

the world tonight (presented by razia iqbal) includes …

  “In countries already affected by conflict, natural disasters or climate change, the death toll from the coronavirus will be higher. The warning comes after the confirmation of two cases in the densely-populated Gaza region, where a decade-long blockade has devastated the health service.”

including interviews with …

• gaza spokesman dr khamis abdelkarim elessi 

mark lowcock, under-secretary-general for hunanitarian affairs and emergency relief, united nations


BT: ‘Jewrovision’

friday 8th february, online only, from bbc radio 4 

jewrovision: can young jews celebrate their identity?  (presented by lucy hancock and amie liebowitz) (20-minute podcast interview, in the beyond today series) 

“With the trend in anti-Semitism and the growth of far-right politics sweeping through Europe, it’s a worrying time to be Jewish.

But young Jews in Germany have found a place to celebrate Jewish culture. Last weekend in Frankfurt, Jews from all over Europe flocked to ‘Jewrovision’ to celebrate their identity in the most joyful way.”


BT: Anti-semitism

friday 6th march, online only, from bbc radio 4 

how do you fight anti-semitism? (presented by matthew price) (20-minute podcast interview, in the beyond today series) 

“We speak to • Bari Weiss, author of how to fight antisemitism about where anti-Semitism comes from.


BBC Alba: Anti-semitism

yesterday evening (thursday 19th), 8.30-9.00pm (repeated 8.00pm sunday 22nd), on bbc alba tv 

anti-semitism (in the eorpa (europe) series) (presented by andrew mackinnon) (in gaelic and german with english subtitles)

Anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout Europe. Many synagogues now require tight security, and many Jewish people are worried about publicly expressing their faith on the street. Germany has seen a rise in anti-Semitic attacks over the last few years – something which is particularly worrying in the year in which the 75th anniversary of the liberation of many concentration camps, Auschwitz amongst them, is being remembered. Over six million Jews were murdered at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War Two. The number of Jewish survivors from these atrocities  is falling every year, but those that are left warn of the dangers which accompany anti-Semitism today.

Andrew MacKinnon is in Berlin to hear from those who have suffered from recent attacks, and to hear about what can be done to curb this rise in prejudice.”

including interviews with …

 • jewish berlin parents: schoolteacher gemma michalski, and • wenzel michalski of human rights watch 

• rabbi yehuda teichtal, attacked with son 2019 

felix klein, commissioner for jewish life in germany and the fight against anti-semitism

horst seferens, sachsenhausen memorial and museum 

• survivor assia gorban, pechora camp, b.1933 ukraine

juliane wetzel, centre for research on anti-semitism, berlin

hugh bronson of afd,

• former anti-semite syrian refugee abdullah saleh 

lothar eckstein, of former jewish clothing brand manheimer

• food-tour guide itay novik  


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