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Newshour: Gaza agreement

last thursday (12th october), 2.07-2.13pm, 9.17-9.19pm, and 9.54-9.56pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by rebeccca kesby and tim franks) leads with …

“The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over governing the Gaza strip after a decade-long rift.”

“A ‘major breakthrough’ is exactly how the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, described their reconciliation deal, hammered out today in Cairo.”

including contributions from …
• fatah negotiator zakariya al-agha
• bbc reporter lyse doucet
• hamas lead negotiator salah al bardawil
nathan thrall of the international crisis group
• negotiator ghassan khatib
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Tftd: Mirvis 2/10/2017

yesterday morning (tuesday 10th), 7.45-7.48am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day, by chief rabbi ephraim mirvis

Succot is a celebration of community because it teaches us what is possible when people feel that they can rely on others for emotional and practical support. The strongest communities change lives by finding a place for everyone.”

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Jewish history and jokes

this evening (wednesday 11th), 10.00-10.28pm, on bbc radio 3
jewish history and jokes (presented by philip dodd) (in the free thinking series)

“• Simon Schama and • Devorah Baum join Philip Dodd for a conversation ranging from the expulsion of Jewish people from Spain in 1492 to Jewish jokes today.”

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This week’s bbc radio 4 trailer is for a programme presented by BBC producer Rami Tzabar, about his father Shimon Tzabar, an Israeli Communist Party member and holocaust-comparer.
Although Shimon Tzabar himself wrote “To criticise Israeli policy in Israel was acceptable (, the trailer implies that he left for his safety.
(also ibid “How is it, I often ask myself, that people who have experienced the Holocaust can treat other people, especially their neighbors, like that?“)

yesterday afternoon (monday 9th), 5.58pm, on bbc radio 4 (and regularly throughout the week)
bbc radio 4 trailer of the week
“In 1967, Israel sought to settle occupied land.
‘There was a national euphoria. They felt that Israel was so strong, this must have been ordained, it was just very difficult to swim against the tide.’
Those who disagreed were accused of betraying the Zionist cause.
‘People looked at me and Shimon as enemy number one.’
One man’s vision, and the impact on his family.
The brick went through the bedroom window, I think, yes.’
My Father’s Israel, next Sunday afternoon, at half-past one, and then available on the BBC radio 4 website.”
(if you miss it, available eg from 0:58:14 to 0:58:53 at

last monday morning (2nd october), 9.23-9.26am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought by rabbi dr harvey belovski

“The Yom Kippur fast helps us imagine how we’d like the world to be, what kind of people we want to become.”

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last monday morning (2nd october), 5.45-5.49am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought by maureen kendler

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy”

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Thomas Keneally

this morning (sunday 8th), 10.35-10.44am, on bbc radio scotland
sunday morning with … (presented by ricky ross) includes …

“Ricky talks to prolific author, Thomas Keneally, whose best-selling book, Schindler’s Ark, became the basis of the Oscar-winning film, Schindler’s List.”

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