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Newshour: Yemenite Jews

this afternoon (wednesday 21st), 2.20-2.25pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

“In Israel today, they’re remembering what’s known as the Yemenite children affair, a sequence of events some 70 years ago in which it’s claimed a thousand or more babies disappeared.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
rafi shoubali of our brothers exist
• historian tom segev
• yemenite israeli yehuda kantor
(see also (more…)

Twt: new Israeli settlement

this evening (tuesday 20th), 10.24-10.31pm, on bbc radio 4
the world tonight (presented by ritula shah) includes …

“This morning, Mr Netanyahu tweeted a picture of a bulldozer and a digger breaking ground on a rocky hill. His message read: After dozens of years, I have the privilege to be a Prime Minister building a new settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

including contributions from …
benjamin netanyahu
• jewish home mk moti yogev
• palestinian presidency spokesman nabil abu rudeinah
• algerian diplomat lakhdar brahimi, of the elders (more…)

Today: Team Samosas

this morning (tuesday 20th), 8.50-8.57am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague) includes …

“After events like the Finsbury Park attack, faith groups tend to unite, sharing in grief and prayer. Is this form of communication effective in reducing segregation between communities?
Toby Howarth is the Bishop of Bradford, • Imam Irfan Chisti is the Imam at a Manchester city mosque and • Laura Janner-Klausner is a senior rabbi to Reform Judaism.”

(if you missed it, available from 2:50:15 to 2:57:15 at

P4t: Gelfand 20/6/2017

this morning (tuesday 20th), 5.46-5.50am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought, by rabbi shoshana boyd gelfand

The longest days:
Time is worth nothing unless we use it to make a difference’.”


Mietek Pemper

yesterday evening (thursday 15th), 11.10-11.24pm, on bbc radio 2
the radio 2 arts show (presented by jonathan ross) includes …

“Jonathan interviews • Claire Ferguson, director of the film Destination Unkown, and • holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg, who talks about Mietek Pemper.”
Mietek Pemper? He was the secretary to Amon Goeth, and I was in the same office, so I knew him but he didn’t know me … it took me 18 months to convince him that he give his testimony to mr Roberts, Because without him in my opinion there would be no Schindler’s List, because he intercepted a letter from Berlin to Amon Goeth to liquidate the factory.
Pemper told this to his friend Isaac Stern who was a bookkeeper for Schindler, that they were going to liquidate, they had to do something. He asked Pemper to tell this to Schindler, and he refused, he said I cannot tell this to Schindler because he’s a drunk, I don’t trust him.
But Stern convinced him, so he went to Schindler, and told him you have to make some changes, make some ammunition. His answer was I make money on the black market with the pots and pans, who will pay me for ammunition when I’m manufacturing? He said no you have to do it. So he changed this, started making some ammunition, and he notified Amon Goeth, Amon Goeth notified Berlin, and this is how the factory remained working.”

(if you missed it, available from 1:10:27 to 1:23:40 at

Bowen on Gaza

[BBC bias: In this programme devoted to Gaza, no mention by Jeremy Bowen of …
• Tens of thousands of Gazans being allowed out for humanitarian and religious reasons, and for free medical treatment.
Egyptian control of who goes in and out.
Electricity shortages (only a few hours supply a day), and medical shortages, caused by Fatah withholding funds from Gaza.
Housing shortages caused by Hamas diverting much of its revenue (and concrete) to building tunnels.
• War crimes by Hamas.]
this afternoon (friday 16th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
missiles and the ballot box (15th of 20 episodes of the our man in the middle east series)

“BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen explores Gaza, the Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement.
‘It’s not a place you would chose for a Mediterranean holiday, though the Palestinians used to dream of developing a tourist industry’, he says. ‘Israel could recapture Gaza in days if it wanted to. But then it would be responsible for around a million children and about the same number of angry adults. Palestinians can’t destroy a state as strong as Israel. But Israel can’t bludgeon Palestinians into submission either’.”

“Palestinians often call Gaza the world’s biggest jail, and it’s hard to argue.
… The UN predicts that Gaza might become uninhabitable by 2020, if there’s no end to the conflict with Israel.
the human spirit burns very bright in Gaza.
… Living either side of the border wire, in Gaza or Israel, can be very difficult and dangerous.
… The laws of war say belligerents shouldn’t use disproportionate force. Israel always denies doing so when it attacks Gaza, but the evidence suggests that it does. The Israelis claim to take great care not to kill civilians, but they use heavy weapons in densely populated areas, making civililan casualties certain.
I’ve never seen any evidence of Hamas in Gaza forcing civilians in to stay in the firing line, but Israelis repeat time and again that Hamas hide behind human shields.
… Until matters change in Gaza, there will be more wars between Hamas and Israel. Change means a new attempt at peace, with the participation and consent of all sides [including Hamas].”
(if you missed it, available at

PM: Qatar and Gaza

this afternoon (thursday 15th), 5.26-5.30pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 1.32pm on sunday on newshour on bbc world service radio)
pm (presented by eddie mair) leads with …

“Saudi Arabia has demanded that Qatar stop supporting Hamas, which controls Gaza, all of which might have quite an effect on Palestinians in the Gaza strip

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
baha shalabi of sheikh hamad city
• hamas leader mahmoud al-zahhar (more…)

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